Magazine article Sunset


Magazine article Sunset


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6 of our favorites-all good-looking in pots 4d in the ground

FORGET PLANTING peppers in row-byrow 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 grow, they're especially pretty among sunnyhued flowers such as coreopsis, marigolds, and sweet alyssum.

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

'Black Hungarian'

Medium hot. With purple flowers, shiny black fruits (which age to red), and purple veiningin the leaves, this one's more diva than supporting cast.


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

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