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Hardiness of Coleus vs. Marigolds.

Posted by mudlady Syracuse-z5 (My Page) on
Tue, May 1, 12 at 12:42

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?

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RE: Hardiness of Coleus vs. Marigolds.

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.

RE: Hardiness of Coleus vs. Marigolds.

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.

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