You might assume from my post admiring a coleus planter at a favorite shop or the one featuring the great variety of coleus at Longwood Gardens that I like this plant. And you'd be correct. In fact, I've got a trough-shaped coleus planter on my planning list for next year. But when I found some for $.50 each on sale, I decided to jump in this year and try something a little different -- an indoor coleus display:
The only one with an ID tag was the solid green one: 'Golda'. We'll see how they do here. They'll get plenty of morning sun, and I'll just have to do the watering over the sink or outdoors. I already love the splash of color in this corner of the living room!
[Note: An interesting article posted at Dave's Garden is Crazy for Coleus: History and Care.]
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The other new addition is (hopefully) a solution to my Houseplant Predicament. The Bolivian Jew (Calissia repens) only requires moderate light and it's just about the right shape for this spot. It will grow up in height and drape over the edges of the planters. I like the streamlined look of having the same plant in repetition here. This area is governed by design & decor considerations rather than horticultural creativity...!
I had identified the Bolivian Jew as a possibility for this location on a previous trip to Ken's Gardens, mentioned in this post about the newbies I got that day. After two failed tries at filling this spot, I really hope the third time's the charm!