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Coleus, once prized as a bedding plant in Victorian times, lost favor with gardeners during the 20th century but recently has experienced a dramatic increase in popularity. Coleus plants are prized for their colorful foliage, which may combine shades of green, yellow, pink, red, and maroon. New varieties of this popular annual (a perennial in temperate zones) have been developed for increased sun and heat tolerance. Today, there are hundreds of coleus cultivars on the market. Here, author Rogers (Pots in the Garden ) and photographer Hartlage show how gardeners can get the maximum benefits from this colorful plant. In addition to explaining how coleus can best be cultivated in both the ground and in containers, detailed chapters discuss how to integrate it with other plants, how to train the plants into dramatic topiaries, and the benefits of pinching them back. Sporting and reversion, propagation, and pests and diseases are also covered. The book has an encyclopedia section, organized by color, leaf characteristics, and variety, that describes a broad cross section of popular and lesser-known cultivars. Recommended for public libraries.-Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama, FlorenceCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.