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Celosia

Celosia

There are few flowers as showy as celosia. Whether you plant the plumed type, which produces striking upright spires, or the crested type, which has a fascinating twisted form, you'll love using celosia in bouquets. The flowers are beautiful fresh, but you can also dry them easily. And they bloom in all the colors of a glowing sunset.

Plant established seedlings in spring after all danger of frost has passed. Celosia likes rich, well-drained soil with moderate water. Spider mites can sometimes be a problem in hot, dry weather.

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'Amigo Red' celosia
'Amigo Red' celosia
Celosia 'Amigo Red' offers crested red flowers on a compact plant with excellent heat and drought tolerance. It grows 6 inches tall and wide.
'Armor Yellow' celosia
'Armor Yellow' celosia
Celosia 'Armor Yellow' grows 16 inches tall and bears crested yellow blooms.
'Flamingo Feather' celosia
'Flamingo Feather' celosia
Celosia 'Flamingo Feather' grows 4 feet tall and bears plume-type pink flowers that dry well.
'Fresh Look Yellow' celosia
'Fresh Look Yellow' celosia
Celosia 'Fresh Look Yellow' grows about 20 inches tall and bears abundant plume-type yellow flowers.
'Fresh Look Red' celosia
'Fresh Look Red' celosia
Celosia 'Fresh Look Red' is an award-winning selection with plumes of rosy-red flowers. It grows 18 inches tall.
'New Look' Celosia
'New Look' Celosia
Celosia 'New Look' bears red plumes and beautiful purple-tinged foliage. It grows 14 inches tall.
'New Look Red' celosia
'New Look Red' celosia
Celosia 'New Look Red' grows 20 inches tall and bears red flowers over burgundy-red foliage.

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Angelonia
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.
African marigold
There's nothing subtle about an African marigold, and thank goodness for that! It's a big, flamboyant, colorful punch of color for the sunny bed, border, or large container. Most are yellow, orange, or cream. Plants get up to 3 feet tall and produce huge 3-inch puffball blooms while dwarf varieties get just 1 foot tall. The mounded dark green foliage is always clean, fresh, and tidy. Grow them in a warm, sunny spot with moist, well-drained soil all summer long.
Nasturtium
Nasturtiums are so versatile. They grow easily from seed sown directly in your garden's poorest soil and blooms all season until frost and are never greedy about food or fertilizer. Nasturtiums are available in either spreading or climbing types.Plant spreading types in large containers to spill over the sides. Plant them alongside wide paths to soften the sides for a romantic look. Use nasturtium to brighten a rock garden or between paving stones. Plant them at the edges of beds and borders to fill in between other plants and add soft, flowing color. Train climbing types up trellises or alongside fences. The leaves and flowers are edible; use them as a showy plate garnish or to jazz up salads.
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