I am a huge fan of coleus. It comes in so many colors, and you can find plants for both sun and shade. It is tough, and reminds me of my Grandma Ethel, who always had it growing in her garden. She would also pick some and put in mason jars on her little kitchen table. Note to self, keep it in pots, away from the slugs.
I discovered oxalis this year. We had received a deep purple variety at our school plant sale in error-so I thought I would pick some up and try it. It worked as a nice contrast to all that color in my shade window boxes. Then I found this tiny green variety, and I love how it works with begonias. Another type, in shades from deep green to very dark violet, came home with me in a giant pot.I will definitely be using it again next year. It bears tiny little yellow or white flowers that seem to float like fairies over the surface.
Another winner this year were the mixed pots of begonias I picked up from Gertens at our school plant sale.
In the hanging baskets, they tuck in some of this lovely vining plant (sorry, don't recall the name right now) that is a great contrast to the begonias.And they popped some purple Torani (I think, remember, I am a lazy gardener, so I am not sure on the name...) in with the begonias too. Aren't they just gorgeous? And the best part is that they have looked this nice all summer, and have not asked for anything more than a drink of water every now and then. And they don't care if I remember their name.
The lily show is nearly over. They have been starring for several weeks now, but just last night I checked, and there were just a few performances left.Spectacular, and in need of dividing, so the rest of my garden can enjoy some spotlight time.Maybe this lazy gardener will get to that chore this fall...