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Like a tiny petunia on steroids, calibrachoa (also called million bells) grows and flowers at an amazing rate. Often confused for a petunia, million bells makes a splash no matter where you put it in the garden. It is perfect for containers or hanging baskets but also can be tucked into the front of a border where it will spill out onto sidewalk or patio. In fact, it may be the ultimate "spiller" for container gardens as long as you give it ample water and fertilizer, which it needs to fuel its astounding growth.
Shown above: MiniFamous Compact Red calibrachoa
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Cabaret Hot Pink calibrachoa
Cabaret Hot Pink Calibrachoa bears multitudes of bright pink flowers on trailing stems to 8 inches.
Cabaret Purple Glow calibrachoa
Cabaret Purple Glow Calibrachoa is a trailing selection to 8 inches that tolerates part shade. It grows 12 inches wide.
Can-Can Mocha calibrachoa
Can-Can Mocha Calibrachoa offers creamy flowers with a chocolate-purple throat. It has a mounding-trailing habit and grows 15 inches tall and wide.
'Colorbust Chocolate' calibrachoa
Calibrachoa 'Colorburst Chocolate' is a compact, mounding selection to 8 inches that offers burgundy blooms blushed with chocolate-brown.
Million Bells Coral calibrachoa
Million Bells Coral Calibrachoa offers lots of coral-pink flowers on trailing stems to 8 inches.
Million Bells Terra Cotta calibrachoa
Million Bells Terra Cotta Calibrachoa offers orange flowers streaked with shades of red and gold on trailing stems to 8 inches.
MiniFamous Compact Dark Red calibrachoa
MiniFamous Compact Dark Red Calibrachoa produces rich red flowers on a compact, 8-inch trailing plant.
Minifamous Double Blue calibrachoa
Minifamous Double Blue Calibrachoa shows off fully double velvety-blue flowers on a trailing plant with 10-inch-long stems.
Minifamous Double Blush calibrachoa
Minifamous Double Blush Calibrachoa bears gorgeous double pink flowers on a vigorous trailing plant with 10-inch-long stems.
Minifamous Double Pink calibrachoa
Minifamous Double Pink Calibrachoa produces double pink flowers on a plant that trails to 10 inches.
Minifamous Double Yellow calibrachoa
Minifamous Double Yellow Calibrachoa produces intricate double flowers on a vigorous plant that trails to 10 inches.
MiniFamous Sun Violet Veins calibrachoa
MiniFamous Sun Violet Veins Calibrachoa bears soft blue flowers with violet-purple netting on a vigorous plant that trails to 10 inches.
Minifamous Tangerine calibrachoa
Minifamous Tangerine Calibrachoa offers soft yellow flowers with orange markings on a vigorous plant that trails to 8 inches.
Superbells Blue calibrachoa
Superbells Blue Calibrachoa is a floriferous variety with loads of violet-blue flowers on trailing 8-inch stems.
Superbells Dreamsicle calibrachoa
Superbells Dreamsicle Calibrachoa is a vigorous variety that shows off creamy orange flowers on a plant that trails to 4 feet or more.
Superbells Lavender calibrachoa
Superbells Lavender Calibrachoa bears an abundance of lavender flowers on trailing 36-inch-long stems.
Superbells Peach calibrachoa
Superbells Peach Calibrachoa offers salmon-orange blooms with a darker throat. It holds up well to rainy weather and trails to 30 inches.
Superbells Saffron calibrachoa
Superbells Saffron Calibrachoa bears yellow flowers with a red-orange throat. It trails to 36 inches.
Superbells Scarlet calibrachoa
Superbells Scarlet Calibrachoa bears bold scarlet-red flowers on a vigorous plant that trails to 48 inches.
Superbells Tequila Sunrise calibrachoa
Superbells Tequila Sunrise Calibrachoa produces a plethora of orange flowers with yellow streaks. This vigorous variety can trail to 48 inches.
Superbells Trailing Lilac Mist calibrachoa
Superbells Trailing Lilac Mist Calibrachoa bears lots of cream flowers with dark blue veins and has better heat- and drought- tolerance than most. It trails to 4 feet.
Superbells Yellow calibrachoa
Superbells Yellow Calibrachoa features large, clear yellow flowers and a low, trailing habit. It trails to 48 inches.
Superbells Yellow Chiffon Calibrachoa
Superbells Yellow Chiffon Calibrachoa produces soft yellow flowers on a floriferous plant that trails to 48 inches.
Voodoo Calibrachoa produces plum flowers with yellow streaks and flecks. Each bloom is different. The plant trails to 48 inches or more, making it a good choice for hanging baskets and large mixed container gardens.
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Angelonia is also called summer snapdragon, and once you get a good look at it, you'll know why. It has salvia-like flower spires that reach a foot or 2 high, but they're studded with fascinating snapdragon-like flowers with beautiful colorations in purple, white, or pink. It's the perfect plant for adding bright color to hot, sunny spaces. This tough plant blooms all summer long with spirelike spikes of blooms. While all varieties are beautiful, keep an eye out for the sweetly scented selections. While most gardeners treat angelonia as an annual, it is a tough perennial in Zones 9-10. Or, if you have a bright, sunny spot indoors, you can even keep it flowering all winter.
Exciting new selections with incredible foliage patterns have put coralbells on the map. Previously enjoyed mainly for their spires of dainty reddish flowers, coralbells are now grown as much for the unusual mottling and veining of different-color leaves. The low clumps of long-stemmed evergreen or semi-evergreen lobed foliage make coralbells fine groundcover plants. They enjoy humus-rich, moisture-retaining soil. Beware of heaving in areas with very cold winters.
These vigorous growers are beautiful additions to the garden. They vary from tall, stately plants suitable for borders to others that can be planted as creeping groundcovers. Flowers, too, vary from tight spikes of 1/2 inch to 1-inch cups carried alone or in whorls. Humus-rich, moisture-retentive soil is recommended; some varieties enjoy wet soil and ample water. Several sorts may become invasive and need to be corralled.Note: These are not the invasive purple loosestrife, which has been banned in many parts of the United States.