Potfuls of Coleus


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.


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


Two Coleus and one annual Red Fountain Grass.


  1. 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. 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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