Summer Bedding Plants
Even during the oppressive heat of summer, your Florida landscape can still be home to a variety of bedding plants.
Melampodium is a tough, drought-tolerant plant that produces a mound of small yellow flowers throughout the summer. Several varieties are available, such as the compact ‘Million Gold’, ‘Lemon Delight’, and ‘ Derby ’ which top out at about ten inches. ‘Showstar’ and ‘Medallion’ are taller varieties that reach 24 to 36 inches tall. Melampodium is impressively resistant to both disease and insect, and they are self cleaning, so deadheading is not needed.
For eye-catching color, try the new 'Cora' and 'Nirvana' series vincas. They have big flowers, and are resistant to heat, drought, and pests.
If you like plants with cool-colored blooms, try torenia, also called the wishbone flower. 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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