Proven Winners selected ColorBlaze Alligator Tears, ColorBlaze Keystone Kopper and ColorBlaze Marooned coleus from the University of Florida breeding program. Both Keystone Kopper and Marooned are new for 2013. All three coleus varieties can be grown in full sun or full shade, giving the gardener multiple décor opportunities. Coleus can be used as a filler or thriller in a combination, but it can suffer under cold night temperatures. In the photo, Alligator Tears is used as a filler with Graceful Grasses Blue Mohawk Juncus as a thriller, and Goldilock Rocks Bidens as the spiller. It’s important to note that the plant should be protected if temperatures dip into the 40’s, as this can cause leaf damage and stunt the growth of the plant.
Alligator Tears has won several awards, including Top Performer at the Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens’ trials, Excellent at Disneyland and Good Performer from Mississippi University.
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