I was at our local nursery yesterday. Kordell's Produce on the corner of Stafford and Rosemont in West Linn, has a great selection of plants. Everything is grouped in an easy to find way, so I spent a lot of time in the greenhouses, while it poured rain outside. I'm not sure how the 'official' rain totals compare with other rainy May's, but truly most of us who live in the Portland area are on our last nerve, and have lost count of the rainy, icy, hail ridden days.
This was my first shopping foray to a garden center since fall. I even resisted plant shopping at the Spring Garden Show in Canby, earlier this month, where I helped set up the sale and got some much needed Master Gardner volunteer hours. Anyway, my garden pots are weed filled and moss covered, so I thought I'd take one pot at a time and fill it. That is, if my tender plants survived the major hailstorm we had today that covered my patio in washed out bark dust and left two inches of ice pellets on the deck.
While I was planning out what plants to use in my garden and in containers, I thought of some of the background mainstays that I love. They're not the flashy flowering plants, but these tend to blend in anywhere. They remind me of your favorite pair of shoes that are both comfortable and stylish. This combination of perennials and annuals are my 'true blues.'
My grandmother and Dad were big fans of Coleus plants, and I always thought of them as an old fashioned plant, but I've been amazed that the number of varieties available. I use them in containers and in places in my yard where I won't get direct sun. Here's a few of my favorites:
See the cute ladybug!
Once I can get my shovel in the ground, I'm sure I'll be posting a lot more about my adventures in gardening so check back. It's got to stop raining sometime!