Flowers all summer combo
By: Garden Gate staff
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Keep summer colorful
When it comes to creating a long-lasting sweep of summer color, nothing works better than annuals. And while flowers are the goal, it’s better to start out by removing any blooms when you put plants in the ground.
Just cut stems back an inch or so, making sure there’s still foliage — this encourages more branching and helps plants focus on developing a strong root system.
To find out all about the plants in this combo, and get more tips, click ahead!
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Flowers all summer!
This is a low-maintenance border — don’t worry about deadheading anything but the angelonia. Magellan zinnia’s new growth covers the old flowers and the petals will eventually fall off. Sun-tolerant ‘Molten Orange’ coleus blooms so late in the season, you won’t have to pinch flowers back.
A – Neptune Mix petunia (Petunia hybrid) Tender perennial; purple, pink and white flowers from spring to fall; full sun; 10 to 12 in. tall and wide; cold zones 10 to 11, heat zones 12 to 1
B – Archangel® Purple angelonia (Angelonia hybrid) Tender perennial; purple flowers with a white center from spring to fall; full sun; 12 to 14 in. tall, 10 to 12 in. wide; cold zones 9 to 11, heat zones 12 to 1
C – ‘Magellan™ Coral zinnia (Zinnia elegans) Annual; coral flowers from spring to fall; full sun; 12 to 14 in. tall, 10 to 12 in. wide; heat zones 12 to 1
D – ‘Rubrum’ purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum) Tender perennial; burgundy-tan from spring to fall; full sun; 3 to 5 ft. tall, 2 to 4 ft. wide; cold zones 9 to 11, heat zones 12 to 1
E – ‘Molten Orange’ coleus (Solenostemon hybrid) Tender perennial; orange-red leaves with thin yellow scalloped edge; part sun to part shade; 16 to 24 in. tall, 12 to 15 in. wide; cold zones 10 to 11, heat zones 12 to 1