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Summer Bedding Plants

Even during the oppressive heat of summer, your Florida landscape can still be home to a variety of bedding plants.

For eye-catching color, try the new 'Cora' and 'Nirvana' series vincas. They have big flowers, and are resistant to heat, drought, and pests. Melampodium is a tough, drought-tolerant plant that produces a mound of small yellow flowers throughout the summer.

If you like plants with cool-colored blooms, try the wishbone flower, or torenia. This plant will do well in the shade or the sun.

And if you're looking for standout foliage, coleus and caladiums provide non-stop summer color to your sun or shade garden.

Add organic matter to your beds before planting, water and fertilize as needed, and remove old flowers for best success.

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