Coleus – Experimenting with planters

In a previous post I shared that most of my planters on the patio shared hues of pink and purple.  However, I have been experimenting with a new type of plant arrangement which I am very happy with.  Last year I picked up some glazed clay pots which lend themselves to a more “earthy” look.  So I filled them with Creeping Jenny – a perennial (I don’t remember the real name) and Coleus of various colors.  I am really happy with how they turned out, and even thought there is nary a flower, I think they are very attractive.  (I do pinch back the unattractive flower stock that coleus produces).  What do you think?

~ Lora

About Lora

I am a 40 something wife to my patient and talented husband Scott, Mom to my five children (from toddler to teen) and oldest sister to eight siblings. I am interested in too many things, love to read everything around me, and have developed a strong interest in design and renovation along with my husband. I am conservative, Christian, and by the grace of God, trying to find His way through the ups and downs of my life.
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7 Responses to Coleus – Experimenting with planters

  1. arlene1027 says:

    Wait for the coleus to produce flowers, especially the red variety. We call them Mayana here!

  2. Marcia says:

    Lovely! I’m inspired to stop for some coleus today and add it to my porch planters. I put 2 fuchsias in each, and the results are less than inspiring. Thanks for the tip.

    • Lora says:

      The problem with fuchsia is that they are a shady cool weather plant so they look great in the spring and poop out in the summer. I succumbed again this year and bought a hanging basket, but wish I hadn’t. Lobelia is the same…

  3. Great idea, Lora! I’m going to have to try it!

  4. The other nice thing about Coleous is you can over winter cuttings in the house. some of my coleous is 5 years old already.

  5. I take a few cuttings of the ones I want to keep before the 1st frost(end of Octoberish), root them in plain water and then plant them. Come March I take cuttings from these plants, root them and plant them indoors in my outside pots till they can go outside. By then they are at least twice as big as the ones in the nurseries. I have entire pots outside with nothing but coleous.

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