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Globe amaranth is an all-time flower-gardening favorite. It seems to have it all -- it thrives in hot conditions, it blooms nearly nonstop, the interesting pom-pom flowers are great for cutting and drying, and it attracts butterflies. Plant globe amaranth and then step back to watch it thrive and add continual beauty until frost. It's great in beds, borders, and containers.
Plant established seedlings outdoors in spring after all danger of frost has passed. It tolerates a variety of soils and moisture levels. It isn't fussy about fertilizer, but be careful not to overfertilize.
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more varieties for Globe amaranth
'All Around Purple' globe amaranth
Gomphrena 'All Around Purple' is a favorite for its rich purple blossoms. It grows 18 inches tall.
'Bicolor Rose' globe amaranth
Gomphrena 'Bicolor Rose' offers dusty-rose flowers that fade to white at the top. It grows 3 feet tall and 18 inches wide.
'Lavender Lady' globe amaranth
Gomphrena 'Lavender Lady' bears lavender-pink flowers on a 2-foot-tall plant.
'QIS Purple' globe amaranth
Gomphrena 'QIS Purple' bears glowing cerise-purple flowers on a 2-foot-tall plant.
'Strawberry Fields' globe amaranth
Gomphrena 'Strawberry Fields' offers unusual red flowers. It grows 3 feet tall and 1 foot wide.
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Lisianthus flowers make people ooh and ahh. Some varieties of this annual look like a blue rose. It's such an elegant flower you'd never guess it's native to American prairies. And lisianthus is one of the best cut flowers -- it will last in the vase for 2 to 3 weeks.Lisianthus can be challenging to grow. They're extremely tricky to grow from seed, so start with established seedlings. Plant them in rich, well-drained soil in full sun after all danger of frost has passed. Keep moist but do not overwater. Taller varieties of lisianthus often need staking to keep their long stems from breaking, but newer dwarf varieties are more carefree.
Enjoy summer's flowers into fall by growing this brightly colored charmer that dries right on the plant. Use it in dried flower arrangements, wreaths, and even homemade potpourri. This easy-to-grow, sun-loving annual heralds from Australia and is a great pick for hot, dry sites. Plant it outdoors after all danger of frost has passed in spring.
Want fast color for just pennies? Plant zinnias! A packet of seeds will fill an area with gorgeous flowers in an amazing array of shapes and colors -- even green! And it will happen in just weeks. There are dwarf types of zinnias, tall types, quill-leaf cactus types, spider types, multicolor, special seed blends for cutting, special blends for attracting butterflies, and more.Zinnias are so highly attractive to butterflies that you can count on having these fluttering guests dining in your garden every afternoon. But to attract the most, plant lots of tall, red or hot pink zinnias in a large patch. 'Big Red' is especially nice for this, and the flowers are outstanding, excellent for cutting. Zinnias grow quickly from seed sown right in the ground and do best in full sun with dry to well-drained soil.