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Summer Color

Author: Lori A. Johnson
Issue: June, 2017, Page 126
Photo by Earth at English Wikipedia
RED VELVET COCKSCOMB
(Celosia cristata ‘Red Velvet’)


TYPE: Annual

BLOOMS
: Crimson; early through late summer

SIZE
: 24-48"H by 9-12"W

SOIL
: Well-drained

LIGHT
: Full to partial sun

WATER NEEDS
: Low to moderate

MAINTENANCE
: Deadhead approximately once a week to remove spent blooms.

ATTRACTS
: Bees, butterflies

NOTE
: Plant young cockscomb from cell packs for immediate impact in the summer garden. When planted in late spring through early June, blooms can last through late summer.

WHY WE LIKE IT
: While ‘Red Velvet’ is a new cultivar introduced in 2017, the genus Celosia includes as many as 60 known species in a variety of forms and colors. Cockscomb add unusual and eye-catching form to a flower bed or containers. Cut flowers also add long-lasting texture to floral arrangements.



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ZINDERELLA PEACH ZINNIA
(Zinnia elegans ‘Zinderella Peach’)


TYPE: Annual

BLOOMS
: Salmon with cream-to-rose petals;
spring through late summer

SIZE
: 25-30"H by 18-20"W

SOIL
: Well-drained 

LIGHT
: Full sun

WATER NEEDS
: Moderate

MAINTENANCE
: Deadhead spent flowers to encourage additional blooms.

ATTRACTS
: Butterflies

NOTE
: Plant in spring through June for blooms through fall. Zinnias may experience heat stress in full desert sun. Plant in areas with reflected light, and water frequently. The cheerful flowers thrive in moist beds or containers with moderate to high organic content.

WHY WE LIKE IT
: The new ‘Zinderella Peach’ cultivar features double-flowered blooms in varying shades of peach. Zinnias make a showy and colorful warm-season accent plant. They seed easily, making them a good choice for beginning gardeners.



Photo by Vinayaraj
GLOBE AMARANTH
(Gomphrena globosa)


TYPE: Annual

BLOOMS
: Purple, red, pink, white; spring and summer

SIZE
: 12-24"H by 6-12"W

SOIL
: Well-drained

LIGHT
: Full sun

WATER NEEDS
: Low to moderate

MAINTENANCE
: Low; may need supplemental water during hot summer months.

ATTRACTS
: Bees, butterflies

NOTE
: Sometimes called bachelor’s buttons, the true flowers are nearly insignificant; the bright magenta bracts provide the real show. Other cultivars are available that extend the flowerhead color palette to include shades of red, pink, lilac and white.

WHY WE LIKE IT
: Globe amaranth make long-lasting cut flowers and retain their color when dried. Easy-to-grow, they’re also ideal as an attractive border plant or in summer annual beds and containers, with a blooming period that lasts through fall.



Photo by LucaLuca
FOUR O’CLOCK
(Mirabilis jalapa)


TYPE: Annual

BLOOMS
: Multiple; summer through fall

SIZE
: 24-36"H by 12-18"W

SOIL
: Well-drained

LIGHT
: Full sun to partial shade

WATER NEEDS
: Moderate

MAINTENANCE
: Low; no need for deadheading

ATTRACTS
: Hummingbirds and moths

NOTE
: These fragrant flowers open late in the afternoon and linger only until the following morning before closing permanently. New blooms will appear on subsequent evenings throughout summer. Parts of the plant, including the seeds, are poisonous if ingested.

WHY WE LIKE IT
: Four o’clock is unusual in that individual flowers often bloom in different colors on the same plant, or feature a bicolored mottled or striped pattern. The sweet fragrance makes a refreshing addition to hot summer evenings.

Other Favorites: Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus), yellow cosmos (Cosmos sulphureus), purslane (Portulaca spp.), sunflower (Helianthus annus), Tequila Lime zinnia (Zinnia elegans ‘Tequila Lime’), Mexican hat (Ratibida columnifera)
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