Ohio Short Course Containers-09

Alexandria, OH(Zone 5b)

Folks,

Every year the largest grower conference in the country takes place in Columbus - the OFA Short Course. And every year we do about 40 containers for the show. Here are some better ones from this year to show you what you can do with coleus combinations.

Chris

#1 Roaring Fire, Sophie Cascade Geranium, Calibrachoa Cabaret Cherry Rose

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#2 Super Duckfoot, New Guinea Impatiens Celebrette Dark Red, Alternanthera Mai Tai

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#3 Inky Fingers, Rieger Begonia Netja Dark, Fuchsia Sunray

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#4 Perilla Sarsparilla, Rieger Begonia Clara, Bridal Veil (Gibasis)

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#5 Gnash Rambler, Dracaena marginata Colorama, Calibrachoa Caberet Pink

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#6 Smallwood's Driveway, Cordyline Red Star, Sedum Angelina, Verbena Lanai Peach

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#7 Little Twister, Pseuderanthemum reticulatum, Duranta Gold Edge, Supertunia Citrus

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#8 Henna, Petunia Supertunia Royal Velvet, Bacopa Gulliver White, Justicia brandegeeana Variegated

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#9 Doctor Wu, Pachystachys lutea, Helichrysum Limelight, Hemigraphis Exotica Variegated

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#10 Lord Voltemort, Euphorbia Silver Fog, Calibrachoa Superbells Tickled Pink, Verbena Lanai Blue

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#11 Limon Blush, Calibrachoa Superbells Plum, Alternanthera Purple Threadleaf, Lantana Lucky Peach

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#12 Gold Brocade, Pepper Chilly Chili, Lysimachia Goldilocks, Verbena Rapunzel Strawberry

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And finally #13 Sparkler, Helichrysum Limelight, New Guinea Impatiens Celebrette Red, Verbena Lanai Deep Purple

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Newport News, VA(Zone 11)

Lovely! #12 is my favorite. Looks good enough to eat.

Alexandria, OH(Zone 5b)

Jada,

You could eat those peppers but you'd be in for a hot surprise!

Chris

Huber Heights , OH(Zone 5b)

they all look really nice, I like #5 with Gnash Rambler,

Patrick

Newport News, VA(Zone 11)

I like hot surprises ;-)

Denville, NJ(Zone 6b)

very nice combos

Tampa, FL(Zone 10a)

Another successful year for the Acres.

Well done!

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Alexandria, OH(Zone 5b)

Thanks guys.

Chicago, IL(Zone 5b)

Hi Chris.

Just wondering. Do you grow the plants in the containers or put them in at the last moment? They are fantastic as usual. How's Nancy?

Hap

Alexandria, OH(Zone 5b)

Hap,

We use well grown pots at the last minute. Some people use small starts and grow them together but that takes planning and space, both of which are in short supply in May in the garden center. We start thinking about the containers by mid June when we can breathe again. It's kinda like New Orleans cookin'. Whatever you got, you throw in the pot.

Nancy's good, how about you and Robert?

Chris

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Chicago, IL(Zone 5b)

We are just fine. Slowed down in the garden, summer you know, (hehe) and just sitting and enjoying it. Bob still goes on the gambling ship twice a week with his buddies, so not much has changed here. Good life.

Nancy

Tampa, FL(Zone 10a)

I am embarressed to say I rarely use coleus in my container jobs, most of my clients don't like them.

Except Laurin>

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Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Goodoldbake, I was perusing the forums and ran across yours. I use to attend the OSU short course in the winter and surprised to find that they offer one in the summer. I hope to make it to the 2010 show. I have a hort. degree but have relocated to the panhandle of Florida which is zone 9 and feel like a newbie in this. I wanted to mention to you that while in St. Louis I started an organization that gardened at a famous but neglected conservatory and the first year we grew coleus. Everyone was so shocked at these wonderful plants. By the time I left the area we were growing over 100 varieties. It is hard to get a good variety here in the Destin area and I travel long distances to find my plants. But coleus do very well here but grow VERY fast.

Thanks for the pictorial - what beautiful combinations - may have to steal a few for my own! Andrea

Alexandria, OH(Zone 5b)

Andrea,

They moved Short Course to July so all the greenhouse growers wouldn't worry about their greenhouses freezing up while they were gone - or something like that. You should go, it's a great learning event.
I know what you mean about the panhandle area. We have visited there several times and coleus were scarce.
Steal all the combo ideas you want. That's why they're here.

Thanks,
Chris

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Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Thanks for the heads up! I hope to remember to register next year. Should be a good event. I am hoping to either open up a container business here or maybe even a nursery. Andrea

Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

Chris,
Where is 2010 OFA?
I'm back and have missed your photos and advice.
Also where did you tell about "Thirp prevention"?
Sidney

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

Really nice combos.Lord Voldemort is my favorite.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

Thripes info is on the Lilies Forum

Alexandria, OH(Zone 5b)

Ok guys, here's some containers from OFA 2010, July, Columbus Ohio.

Cordyline Willy’s Gold
Duranta Lemon Drop
Coleus Dancing Gypsy
Impatiens Patchwork Peach Prism

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#2

Peperomia cluisifolia Jellie
Coleus Gnash Rambler
Lantana Anne Marie

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#3

Coleus Duke of Swirl
Coprosma Pink Splendor
Calibrachoa Superbells Apricot Punch
Helichrysum Limelight

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#4

Coleus Swallowtail
Coleus Garnet Robe
Vinca Raspberry Cooler
Petunia Supertunia Raspberry Blast

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#5

Coleus Red Elephant
Calibrachoa Caberet Cherry Rose
Tradescantia spathacea Sitara Gold

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#6

Coleus Grape Expectations
Pilea glauca
Juncus Blue Dart
Vinca Titan Lavender Blue Halo

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#7

Coleus Doctor Wu
Impatiens Celebrette Deep Red
Geranium Sophie Cascade


more to come

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Denville, NJ(Zone 6b)

wow WOW wow is all I have to say

Chicago, IL(Zone 5b)

You did yourself proud, kiddo!

Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

Allison, lets have a coleus addicts round-up at Chris next May or June.
Chris,
Thanks for the new OFA photos.
I use your combination's as inspiration for my landscaping.
I am adjusting to a yard of "full sun" as the DOT has removed 2 huge Live Oaks.
They are coming back for the 3rd next week. I reckon it's the best thing that could happen.
I hope to make it back up there this next summer.
Sidney.
Note to self, Be sure and pack that photographers vest for that trip.;)

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