coleus color garden brownie points, electric coral
Photo: Matthew Benson
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Sturdy, Vibrant New Breeds

Lately, breeders have gone to town with it, developing varieties that hold their vibrant colors in high heat, harsh light, and practically every setting, from patio pots to flower beds. Their leaves range from small and dainty to several showy inches wide; sport saw-toothed, lobed, or ruffled edges; and come striped or spattered in a rainbow of shades, including chartreuse, red, and smoky black—sometimes all in one plant.

Shown: (1) 'Brownie Points'; (2) 'Electric Coral'
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