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Y E L L O W P L A N T S F O R S H A D Y S I T E S . indd 42 9/23/15 12:34 PM M I D T O L AT E S U M M E R ‘Figaro Yellow Shades’ dahlia and COMPAC T SAFR AN MINIFAMOUS calibrachoa may take a bit FA LL ‘Figaro Yellow Shades’ dahlia and COMPACT SAFR AN MINIFAMOUS calibrachoa continue to bloom of a break during the hottest part of the summer, into fall, until they get zapped by freezing tempera- but they usually still have a few flowers at any tures. ‘Goldcrest’ Monterey cypress, variegated given time, and the ‘Goldcrest’ Monterey cypress, culinary sage, and ‘Illumination’ lesser periwinkle all variegated culinary sage, and ‘Illumination’ lesser tolerate a fair bit of cold, so their beauty will carry periwinkle continue to contribute colorful foliage on well after their flowering partners are done.
Indd 25 25 9/23/15 12:34 PM Rich REDS A SCARCITY OF SUNSHINE DOESN’T MEAN that you can’t enjoy an abundance of color in your container combinations. Pairing prettily patterned foliage with plants that can bloom even without all-day sun is the perfect recipe for stunning shady containers. As vibrant as reds can be in sun-drenched sites, they tend to be more muted in shade, so you’ll want to place a container like this where you can see it up close: on a north-facing deck, for instance, or next to a bench under your favorite backyard shade tree.
Cold. Keep the soil evenly moist (but not soggy) to help them settle in and produce lots of new growth. You may want to give them a dose of liquid fertilizer a week or two after planting to get them off to a good start. If the coleus has just one stem, pinch out the top ½ to 1 inch to encourage branching. TIDBITS TIPS AND TRICKS 30 F U N W I T H P O L K A - D O T P L A N T C O L O R S . Fortunately for container gardeners, polka-dot plants (Hypoestes phyllostachya) are getting easier to find — look in the indoor-plant area as well as bedding annual displays at your favorite greenhouse or garden center — but it can be hard to decide between the white-, pink-, rose-, and red-spotted forms.