Pairings: Coleus and SunPatiens

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Coleus ‘Rustic Orange’ and Impatiens ‘SunPatiens Compact Orange’

Two cultivars that are well suited for each other are Coleus ‘Rustic Orange’ and Impatiens 'SunPatiens Compact Orange'. Ordinarily deployed in partial shade gardens, we find both cultviars perform just find in full blazing sun like this garden. We like to plant them together because they both reach about the same height and grow in a wide range of light and water conditions.

Orange-red to orange-yellow is the color connection between these two plants. It plays out in a way that keeps them distinctive, yet ties them together in a monochrome palette that is very popular right now. If you look closely, the SunPatiens blossom merges orange and yellow to make the flower so bright.

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Similar in height—‘Rustic Orange’ glows next to a mass of dark green

‘Rustic Orange’ is a mid-height Coleus. We have taller ones and smaller ones, but this one likes to grow around the knee-to-waist high range. More water moves it to the higher end. This is a good general purpose, all-around design technique when working within the orange palette.

‘SunPatiens Compact Orange’ has a burly build to its green mound, in direct contrast to the tall, slender stems of ‘Rustic Orange’. Also, the two sets of leaves have very similar shapes and that helps to tie the bed closer together.