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Sweet potato vine

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Among the most popular container-garden plants, sweet potato vine is a vigorous grower that you can count on to make a big impact. Its colorful foliage, in shades of chartreuse or purple, accents just about any other plant. Grow a few together in a large pot, and they make a big impact all on their own.

Sweet potato vines do best during the warm days of summer and prefer moist, well-drained soil. They thrive in sun or shade.

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Part Sun, Shade, Sun

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Under 6 inches to 3 feet

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To 5 feet wide

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'Blackie' sweet potato vine
'Blackie' sweet potato vine
Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie' offers purple hand-shape foliage on a vigorous plant.
Illusion Emerald Lace sweet potato vine
Illusion Emerald Lace sweet potato vine
Illusion Emerald Lace Ipomoea batatas is a compact selection with bright lime-green foliage and a mounding/trailing habit. It grows 10 inches tall and spreads 4 feet across.
Illusion Midnight Lace sweet potato vine
Illusion Midnight Lace sweet potato vine
Illusion Midnight Lace Ipomoea batatas presents gardeners with a compact, mounding/trailing habit and rich purple foliage. It grows 10 inches tall and spreads 4 feet across.
'Marguerite' sweet potato vine
'Marguerite' sweet potato vine
Ipomoea batatas 'Marguerite' is an especially attractive selection with golden-chartreuse foliage.
'Sweet Caroline' sweet potato vine
'Sweet Caroline' sweet potato vine
Ipomoea batatas 'Sweet Caroline' offers hand-shape foliage in an intriguing shade of coppery bronze.

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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.
New Guinea Impatiens
Like their more common cousins, New Guinea impatiens provide hard-to-find brilliant color in shade. And it's not just the flowers. The foliage is often brilliantly, exotically colorful as well. These tropical plants really shine in containers, where they thrive in the perfect soil and drainage, but they also do well in the ground as long as you take the time to improve the soil and work in plenty of compost. Note that they're a bit more sun-tolerant than common impatiens.Plant established plants in spring after all danger of frost has passed. Keep soil moist and fertilize lightly but regularly.
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