Magazine article Sunset

Two Colorful Bloomers That Bask in the Heat

Magazine article Sunset

Two Colorful Bloomers That Bask in the Heat

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for hot spots in your garden, these two all-summer bloomers offer neat foliage, abundant flowers, and undemanding ways. Even in the desert, you can usually grow vinca and verbena in full sun; in the most searing climates, you'll probably get better-looking plants by providing a little afternoon shade, particularly until roots have become established.

Both plants are vigorous growers that can spread 1 to 2 feet across by summer's end. They start blooming early, displaying their colors from 3-inch pots or even smaller cell-packs. For an instant display, start from gallon cans; plants from smaller containers will take four to six weeks to fill out and catch up.

Space them 1 to 2 feet apart: by summer's end they should close ranks. They'll grow in poor soil, with infrequent feeding and watering, but it's best to water regularly until roots are well established. Container plants need frequent watering.

Both plants do well in areas such as dry banks, parking strips, rock walls, or along driveways. …

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