Each spring when I begin to add that extra splash of color with annuals in my garden, I always try to think beyond the bloom of a plant, and really concentrate on its foliage.
You see there's a whole world of color that you can find in the leaves of a plant. Take coleus for example. Each leaf is a work of art. And these days this traditionally shade loving plant is stepping out of the shadows and into the spotlight.
One of the marvelous things about coleus is that you can make more of them by simply taking a few stem cuttings and rooting them in water.
- coleus plant
- sterile potting medium
- small containers (Four inch nursery pots work well.)
From the mother plant clip a 3 to 4 inch cutting.
Remove the lower leaves from the cutting and place it in a glass of water.
Set the glass and cutting in a windowsill that receives bright, indirect light.
Once roots have formed transplant the cutting to a small container of soil. Allow the young transplant to acclimate to growing in soil for a few weeks before planting it in the garden.