Magazine article Sunset

Five Great Flowers to Plant Now

Magazine article Sunset

Five Great Flowers to Plant Now

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             Name/climate      Best performers        How to use them
             zone/conditions

CALIBRACHOA  Calibrachoa       MiniFamous series.     Use trailing
             hybrids; Sunset   This year includes     calibrachoas in
             climate zones 8,  the first double       hanging baskets,
             9, 14-24 as a     calibrachoa.           mounding
             perennial; zones  Superbells series.     varieties as
             2-7, 10-13 as an  Heat-resistant for     bedding plants
             annual. Tougher   hot-summer climates,   (space 8 to 10
             than petunias,    these have large       inches apart).
             calibrachoa has   flowers in a wide      For a showstopper
             smaller flowers   range of colors.       in a large pot,
             that last longer  'Tequila Sunrise'      pair Trailing
             and fall off      flowers are bright     Light Blue or
             cleanly after     orange streaked with   cherry red
             bloom. They're    yellow.                Superbells with
             also abundant                            'Palace Purple'
             with ample water                         heuchera or
             and fertilizer.                          purple Ipomoea
                                                      batatas 'Ace of
                                                      Spades'.

NEW GUINEA   New Guinea        Pure Beauty series.    Pretty in beds
IMPATIENS    Impatiens         Comes in a range of    with colorful
             hybrids;          solid colors,          foliage plants
             perennial in      including pink,        that thrive in
             zones 24, H1,     violet, orange, and    part sun. Mass
             H2; annual        white. Plants grow as  them in patio
             elsewhere.        18- to 24-inch         pots or pair them
             Plants need sun   mounds, great in pots  (Celebration
             to bloom well.    and garden beds.       'Pink' is pretty
             Choose an area    Celebration series.    in a chocolate
             that gets         Flowers are large--3   brown pot with
             morning sun and   inches across. Use     Iresine herbstii
             light afternoon   trailing kinds in      'Blazin' Rose').
             shade (full sun   hanging baskets.       In a 12-inch
             all day at the                           hanging basket,
             coast). Give                             plant five
             them ample                               seedlings of a
             water. Feed                              trailer such as
             regularly,                               Fanfare
             starting 3 weeks                         'Orange'.
             after planting.

SALVIA       Salvia            Picante series. Grows  The mixture has
             splendens;        15 inches high, 10 to  more zing than
             perennial in      12 inches wide, and    blocks of single
             zones 21-24, H2;  produces huge flower   colors (though
             annual            spikes in the red,     scarlet has
             elsewhere. You    salmon, and wine       plenty of impact
             can give them     color range. If you    by itself,
             full sun in       have space, try 'Van   especially if
             mild-summer       Houttei', whose        contrasted with
             climates, but     3-foot-tall,           the chartreuse
             they'll have a    4-foot-wide stature    leaves of
             much longer       supports maroon        'Marguerite'
             season of bloom   flowers tinged with    sweet potato
             in partial shade  scarlet-orange. … 
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