The Best Flowers for Wet Soil

Turn a wet, poorly drained spot in your yard into a colorful landscape feature with these perennial flowers and ornamental grasses.

View Slideshow

Fall Veggies to Plant Now

Grow these cool-season vegetables and herbs to extend your garden's harvests in spring and fall. This list of vegetables includes seasonal vegetables, green vegetables, non-starchy vegetables, winter vegetables, green leafy vegetables, fall vegetables and more.

View Slideshow

Improve Poor Drainage

Follow these tips to transform a poorly drained area into an easy-care garden.

See More

Tips and Tricks to Keep Plants Blooming

Deadheading is a popular practice ¿ but do you know all the ways to keep flowers on your plants longer? Follow these easy tips for keeping your favorite shrubs and flowers blooming longer.

View Video

Top Plant Picks for Late-Summer Color

Keep the color coming on strong through the end of the growing season with these easy-care, reliable annuals and perennials.

View Slideshow

Plan for a Gorgeous Fall Landscape

See how two great gardeners -- one on the East Coast and one on the West -- created knock-your-socks-off fall yards -- and learn how you can do the same.

View Slideshow

Best Plants for Rock Gardens

Transforming an unsightly slope or mound in your backyard into a colorful rock garden is easy when you chose the right plants. These amazing, low-maintenance ground huggers don't mind poor soil but do need good drainage to survive. Here's a list of our top plants for rock gardens.

View Slideshow
Popular in Gardening

plant quick find clear

sunlight

flower color

foliage color

plant type

height

seasonal features

special features

problem solvers

Bell pepper

Capsicum annuum

It used to be that bell peppers were available almost solely as green peppers. Then in the 1980s red bell peppers became more common in recipes (especially when roasted), and now bell pepper fruits are grown in a rainbow of fascinating colors: green, white, yellow, red, orange, and chocolate brown.

Green fruits are actually immature peppers. If you leave them on the plant, they eventually will develop one of the other colors, most commonly red, and become sweeter.

Bell peppers are being hailed as a superfood, low in calories, high in flavor, and Vitamins A, C, and other nutrients. They are delicious in salads, stir-fries, soups, stews, and roasted or grilled.

Bell peppers need temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit to grow well. Avoid planting them too early in the growing season, and protect plants from cold temperatures.

Light:

Sun

Type:

Height:

From 1 to 8 feet

Width:

18-24 inches wide

how to grow Bell pepper

more varieties for Bell pepper

'Ace Hybrid' pepper
'Ace Hybrid' pepper
is an early-maturing variety that grows well in cool climates. It turns red at maturity.
'Admiral' pepper
'Admiral' pepper
bears blocky fruits that turn from green to yellow at maturity. It matures in 80 days from planting.
'California Wonder' pepper
'California Wonder' pepper
is a thick-walled sweet pepper good for stuffing. The leafy plant protects fruits from sunburn. The original variety turns red at maturity, but a yellow form is also available. 75 days
'Carmen' pepper
'Carmen' pepper
is a sweet bull-horn type pepper that turns from green to red when ripe, about 75 days after transplanting. Plants perform well in container gardens.
'Golden Bell Hybrid' pepper
'Golden Bell Hybrid' pepper
bears 4-inch-diameter fruits that turn deep gold at maturity. 75 days
'Gypsy' pepper
'Gypsy' pepper
is an early-maturing sweet pepper that produces well in both cool and hot regions. The elongated fruits begin creamy yellow and turn red at full maturity. 65 days
'Sweet Banana' pepper
'Sweet Banana' pepper
gets its name from its mild, sweet flesh and elongated yellow immature form. At maturity it turns red. 68 days
close
close
close
close
close

Loading... Please wait...