Calibrachoa aka Million Bells
Easily mistaken for a miniature petunia, Calibroachoa offers a compact plant that blooms prolifically and stays around 6 inches tall. It has been available in pink, cherry and blue for a few Additional Bachman’s Information Foliage Accent Plants For Outdoors Fertilizing Annuals and Perennials Commonly Used Annuals Underused Annuals Recommended Products Quality Bachman’s Grown Plants Exceloam Potting Soil Excel Gro™ and Mighty Gro™ Fertilizers years and recently we are beginning to see some incredible terra cotta and yellow flowers. Cuphea aka Mexican Heather Small lavender-pink or white flowers held tight against the stems of a stiffbranched sun-loving plant that grows 6-10″ tall. Watch for the new variety being introduced with bi-color pink and red flowers. Especially good in containers.
Heat-tolerant, sun-loving plants with feathery fine foliage that are adorned with tiny yellow daisy-like flowers all summer. The plants grow 8-12″ tall and are best used interplanted and as a filler.
A silvery-gray foliage plant with a trailing habit and yellow straw-like flowers. Needs full sun to bloom well and flowers may not open on cloudy days. Best in baskets or containers. 10-12″ tall.
(Check our information sheet Impatiens for more information.) Don’t overlook all the new types of impatiens including the incredible doubles (Fiesta and Tioga series), the beautiful upright
growing African series with pastel blooms and the new Firefly series of tiny blooms on compact plants.
Osteosperma aka African or Cape Daisies
Beautiful daisies in various colors on upright plants, most varieties of Osteosperma prefer the cool part of the season along with your pansies. Watch for new introductions that are more heat tolerant such as Cream Symphony. Plants grow 12-18″ tall and need full sun.
Offering beautiful clusters of pink, white or reddish flowers on upright plants. Pentas haven’t been used in the garden very much because they got too tall and rangy (up to 2 feet). Now they have developed more compact, better branched plants that bloom prolifically in a sunny location.
(Check our information sheet Petunias, Old and New for more information.) There are exciting new types of petunias now available including true miniatures, groundcover types and trailers.
Relatives of moss roses (portulaca), these plants have the same type of flowers on a little more upright plant. The leaves are larger too and the flowers stay open longer. They need full sun and well drained soil. Heights average 6-8″ tall.
Scaevola, Fan Flower
Another sun-lover, Scaevola offers distinctive fan-shaped purple-blue flowers on branched, trailing plants. Does best when the weather gets hot and grows 10-14″ tall and wide.
Torenia, Summer Wave
Very different from other Torenia, Summer Wave (and Summer Wave Blue) offer relatively large flowers on a spreading plant. Grows 8- 12″ tall and prefers light shade.
Here is one plant that has really been improved! Watch for the new Tapien, Temari and Twilight series (as well as others) that offer sturdy plants, prolific blooms and lots and lots of color. Great for hanging baskets and in containers. Most of the new introductions are trailers and can be used as groundcovers too. The Tapien series has very fine foliage and the Temari series has larger leaves. Verbenas need lots of sun to bloom well and stay healthy.
The new varieties and types of flowers that are being made available is very exciting and there is a lot to learn about them. If you have any questions or need help, just ask one of the professionals here at McShane’s Nursery and Landscape Supply.
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