Hardiness of Coleus vs. Marigolds.

mudlady_gw(Syracuse-z5)May 1, 2012

I have a huge raised planter in my front yard. It gets direct sun all day--no shade. I have spring bulbs planted there and after they have finished blooming I plant marigolds and dusty miller. These flowers last until late fall and look great as long as I remember to water during dry spells. I do deadhead the marigolds. I am thinking of planting heavily with coleus this year, just for a change. I know I have to water and pinch coleus. I live in a high wind area--does this matter?

Nancy

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ridgetop01(z5 CNY)

Some coleus want to be in semi-shade - it depends on the variety, check the tags. Wind shouldn't matter, unless it was extreme, but of course marigolds are tough little creatures, more so than coleus.

Good luck.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 4:25PM
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susanzone5(z5NY)

Coleus is very sensitive to cold weather and frosts. Marigolds can take the cold for a longer time if kept deadheaded. Petunias can take some frost, too.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 6:58PM
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