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Peppers: 6 of Our Favorites-All Good-Looking in Pots and in the Ground

Magazine article Sunset

Peppers: 6 of Our Favorites-All Good-Looking in Pots and in the Ground

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FORGET PLANTING peppers in row-by-row plots. These striking plants belong in borders and patio containers, where you can let their glossy, vibrant fruits really shine. Among the easiest crops to gro, they're especially pretty among sunnyhued flowers such as coreopsis, marigolds, and sweet alyssum.

For best flavor, pick most hot peoplers (chiles) after their pods show color. Some go red when ripe; others can go orange, brown, purple, or yellow. Pick sweet peppers inckuding most bells, when they're firm, smooth-sknned, and fully developed-ususlly but not always after the color changes to yellow, red, orange, maroon, or brown. (Some stay green even after they mature.)

'Black Hungarian' Meduum hot. With purple flowers, shiny black fruits (which age to red), and purple veining in the leaves, this one's more diva than supporting case.

Cayenne

Very hot. Popular for drying, this slender pepper is also good fresh--especially in salsas' chili, and Mexican dishes. …

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