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Re: can we talk container gardening?

Chris, the Strobilanthes is extremely easy to overwinter via cuttings.  I've
had even better luck with it than with Coleus.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Chris@widom-assoc.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, July 05, 2004 7:20 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] can we talk container gardening?

> Kitty,
> Many of the containers are the light weight type.  I used to buy one or
> two a year when they were on sale at one of our local garden shops.  The
> tan urn is also a foam variety, but the large white urn I won in a
> raffle this spring.  It's made out of some heavy plastic or fiberglass.
> I am now buying this type when I see them for a good price as the light
> weight "foam" t I've found two rusty looking types aren't holding up
> great.  The uppermost edge usually wears off.  This is not a great
> problem as the plants usually cover the edge rather quickly. I found two
> rusty-looking urns in the last two years at Target.  I probably have
> enough planters for now.  I do a water garden in one of the rusty urns.
> I try to us water loving plants from my garden as water plants are soooo
> pricey.
> I used the Persian Shield last year too.  I didn't winter it over, but
> another teacher in school had hers on her windowsill all year.  I take a
> variety of coleus plants to school with me.  They aren't poisonous, so
> they are good to use around my preschoolers.  I over winter about 30 or
> more varieties of coleus, four types of plectranthus, a few
> alternantheras, lantana, verbena, reuella, geraniums, some herbs, and
> some other oddities.  It makes my classroom and home very homey!
> Chris
> Long Island, NY
> Zone 7
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Kitty
> Sent: Monday, July 05, 2004 7:38 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] can we talk container gardening?
> Great combinations, Chris.  Some quiet, some bold.  Re the containers,
> are some of those thelightweight types?  The urns looked like
> heavyweights.  I really enjoyed the colors in Coleus 'Occold Shield',
> Strobilanthes (Persian Shield. Kitty
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