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
- Plant Type:
- Plant Height:
- 8-18 inches tall
- Plant Width:
- 6-12 inches wide
- Landscape Uses:
- Containers,Beds & Borders
- Special Features:
- Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Dried Flowers,Drought Tolerant,Easy to Grow
Gazania, another heat- and drought-tolerant annual, combines well with just about every ornamental pepper variety.Chrysanthemum
Because of their festive colors, ornamental peppers are often sold in fall. The red, orange, and yellow types are the perfect end-of-the-season complement to mums.Verbena
Dark foliage types of peppers, such as 'Black Pearl', look stunning when combined with a skirt of bright red varieties of verbena.
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