Designs, Tricks, and Schemes, It's the Plants, Darling

Potfuls of Coleus

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Like Ivette, I ignore the ubiquitous Thriller-Filler-Spiller advice for container plantings – because the more species in a single pot, the harder it is to keep the thing looking good. Ditto getting it to look good in the first place. For me, containers look best simplified, like the 3 pots here on my back patio filled with 3 Coleus varieties and one Red Fountain Grass.  They’ve gotten more compliments than anything else in my garden this year, and they’re still looking great in late September.

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Above, one plant.  Not just one variety – one plant.

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Two Coleus and one annual Red Fountain Grass.

Posted by on September 25, 2014 at 9:09 am, in the category Designs, Tricks, and Schemes, It's the Plants, Darling.
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2 responses to “Potfuls of Coleus”

  1. Jessica says:

    I’m with you on this bandwagon! I sit around a ton of pots and more often than not it is filled with a single species. I do coleus, gerbers, begonia (Gryphon works beautifully), salvia (Wendy’s Wish is wonderful) this way. They always end up a show stopper.

  2. Martha says:

    Oh I love this! Thank you for getting me off the hook. I have so many failed thrilled, filled, spilled containers when one of the three decided it didn’t like the others.

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