A few years ago wanting more color in my Arizona garden I purchased a six-pack of Coleus. I put them in pots which were kept in the filtered shade of a large Mesquite tree. I found they grew very well in our heat and in the filtered shade. Before long I had many pots of these colorful plants that greatly brightened up a shady area and added fall color to an area that has little of that. They are easily rooted from cuttings which I take each fall as they will not survive cold temps, even those that we have in a desert climate. A wonderful easy to grow shade plant.