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Ornamental Pepper

Capsicum

Heat up your garden with ornamental peppers! Much like hot peppers you would grow in the veggie garden, ornamental peppers produce colorful little fruits that are round or pointed. But these are so attractive in their own right that they can be grown just for show -- not eating. The peppers are indeed edible, but usually their flavor is lacking compared to peppers grown for the table.

Depending on the variety, the peppers appear in shades of white, purple, red, orange, and yellow -- often with multiple colors on the same plant. They like rich, well-drained soil that is evenly moist.

Shown above: Calico pepper

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From 6 inches to 3 feet

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6-12 inches wide

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'Black Pearl' pepper
'Black Pearl' pepper
Capsicum 'Black Pearl', an award-winning variety, features iridescent purple-black 3/4-inch diameter fruits that turn scarlet-red at maturity. Compact plants with purple foliage are good for containers or in beds and borders. It grows 18 inches tall and wide.
'Calico' pepper
'Calico' pepper
Capsicum 'Calico' bears attractive purple-and-white variegated foliage with purple fruits. It grows 1 foot tall and 16 inches wide.
'Chilly Chili' pepper
'Chilly Chili' pepper
Capsicum 'Chilly Chili' bears nonpungent ivory fruits that mature to bright red. It grows 10 inches tall and 14 inches wide.
'NuMex Twilight' pepper
'NuMex Twilight' pepper
Capsicum 'NuMex Twilight' bears cone-shape purple fruits that mature to bright red.
'Pretty in Purple' pepper
'Pretty in Purple' pepper
Capsicum 'Pretty in Purple' offers attractive purple fruits, stems, and leaves. It's a great ornamental as well as edible hot pepper. Fruits turn red at maturity.
'Purple Flash' pepper
'Purple Flash' pepper
Capsicum 'Purple Flash' bears new leaves in colorful shades of purple and white that mature to rich dark purple. It also has purple flowers and round black fruits. It grows 15 inches tall and 2 feet wide.
'Sangria' pepper
'Sangria' pepper
Capsicum 'Sangria' bears green foliage and bright purple fruits that mature to shades of oranges and red. It's always producing new fruits, so it's continually showing a range of colors. The fruits are nonpungent. It grows 1 foot tall and 18 inches wide.

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This tough plant endures poor soil, baked conditions, and drought beautifully and still produces bold-color, daisylike flowers from summer to frost.A perennial in Zones 9-11 -- the hottest parts of the country -- gazania is grown as an annual elsewhere and blooms from mid-summer to frost. A summer plant often grown as an annual, gazania bears boldly colored daisy-shaped flowers from summer to frost. The flowers appear over toothed dark green or silver leaves (the foliage color differs between varieties). They're great in beds and borders and containers, too.Plant established seedlings outdoors after all danger of frost has passed. Do not fertilize, and keep soil on the dry side.
Chrysanthemum
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Verbena
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