You might have seen these plants around Colorado in a bunch of varieties, this is Coleus. There are over 600 varieties of Coleus so you can get this plant to match pretty much any color pallet for your wedding theme. Certain varieties love sun including Alabama Sunset, Burgundy Sun, and Plum Parfait. Others love the shade including Black Magic, Brilliancy, Duckfoot. Below I have some examples of how these vibrant plants can fit into any arrangement or bouquet. Some are used as simple greenery pieces and others are used for their ability to make guests do a double take!
Your florist can purchase these plants through the whole sale at around $4.00 per plant.
Cute little cocktail arrangements!
When using clear vases as shown to the right be sure not to use the variety of Coleus that sap or else your water will turn cloudy and look dirty.
These plants can reach up to 24″ tall with about a 20″ spread.
Coleus became extremely popular in America during the Victorian Era.
When you plant these in your garden be sure to space them approximately 6-10 inches apart.
To make sure pests don’t eat up Coleus you can attract lady bugs to the area which will eliminate the bugs you don’t want to be there. You can also attract wasps but be sure it isn’t too close to your patio or entertaining area of the yard.
I love the way the dark leaves look with the raspberries/blackberries! These plants are very hardy in a vase which makes them easy to work with in a bouquet.
The Coleus comes in many sizes big and small as well as practically every color under the rainbow so it makes it easy for your florist to include them in your plan. Again, be careful with the varieties that have a lot of sap because that can ruin your dress or your bridesmaids dresses if they drip onto it but there are plenty of varieties that do not sap. Using fun plants that your guests don’t typically see in wedding arrangements can make for an easy shock and awe!