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Wishbone flower

Torenia fournieri

Tired of impatiens? Try this enchanting little wishbone flower, also dubbed clown flower for its vividly marked flowers that are said to resemble the face of a clown. It's a wonderful, relatively new choice for shade. The flower shape resembles tiny snapdragons, mouths wide open and showing off delicate throats marked with a contrasting color.

Torenia grows easily from seed sown indoors in pots or outdoors in the ground. This little clown flower blooms nonstop until frost.


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6-9 inches wide, depending on type

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more varieties for Wishbone flower

Catalina Gilded Grape wishbone flower
Catalina Gilded Grape wishbone flower
(Catalina Gilded Grape Torenia) is a mounding selection featuring bright yellow flowers with purple throats. It grows 16 inches tall and trails 24 inches.
Catalina White Linen wishbown flower
Catalina White Linen wishbown flower
(Catalina White Linen Torenia) shows off lovely pure-white flowers on a compact, mounding/trailing plant. It grows 16 inches tall and 24 inches across.
Clown wishbone flower
Clown wishbone flower
(Torenia 'Clown Mix') offers a mixture of colors, including blue with purple edges, on compact, 1-foot-tall plants.
Moon Purple wishbone flower
Moon Purple wishbone flower
(Torenia 'Moon Purple') has a mounding or trailing habit and lovely lavender-purple flowers over shiny green foliage. It grows 10 inches tall and 16 inches wide.
Moon Yellow wishbone flower
Moon Yellow wishbone flower
(Torenia 'Moon Yellow') has a mounding/trailing habit and soft yellow flowers with a purple throat. It grows 10 inches tall and 16 inches wide.

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Sweet alyssum
Sweet alyssum, with its dainty, fragrant flowers, is often used in containers and hanging baskets to spill over the edges, creating a soft, frothy look. It's also a great edging plant because of its tidy, compact habit. Regardless of how you use it, sweet alyssum does best in spring and fall's cool conditions (or use it for winter color in very warm climates).In cool-summer conditions, such as the northern third of the United States, sweet alyssum will bloom steadily through the summer. It halts bloom in summer in warmer areas.
Talk about foolproof: Annual begonia is about as easy as it gets. It does well in a variety of conditions, but to keep it its most luxuriant best, give it light shade; rich, well-drained soil; and ample water. It also loves plenty of fertilizer, so be generous.Plant annual begonias in spring after all danger of frost has passed. No need to deadhead this flower unless you want to, it's "self-cleaning!"
What would we do without impatiens? It's the old reliable for shade gardens when you want eye-popping color all season long. The plants bloom in just about every color except true blue and are well suited to growing in containers or in the ground. If you have a bright spot indoors, you may be able to grow impatiens all year as an indoor plant.

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