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Alyssum, Sweet
Lobularia maritima

Exposure: Part Sun-Shade
Zone: 10-11 (Hardy to 35F)
Mature Height: 3-10 inches
Mature Spread: 5 inches
Bloom Color: White, Purple
Bloom Time: Spring-Fall
Annual
mat of tiny flowers, densely clustered; sweetly fragrant

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Banana, Ornamental
Musa ornata

Exposure: Full-Part Sun
Zone: 9-11 (Hardy to 25F)
Mature Height: 8-10 feet
Mature Spread: 3-5 feet
Bloom Color: Pink, Purple, Red
Bloom Time: Summer
House Plant/Annual
green or variegated foliage; large tropical leaves

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Begonia, Dragon Wing
Begonia x 'Dragon Wing'

Exposure: Full-Part Shade
Zone: 9-11 (Hardy to 25F)
Mature Height: 12-15 inches
Mature Spread: 12-15 inches
Bloom Color: Red, Pink
Bloom Time: Summer
Annual
almost ever-blooming; clusters of brightly colored flowers; vigorous growth

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Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea

Exposure: Full-Part Sun
Zone: 9-11 (Hardy to 25F)
Mature Height: 1-12 feet
Mature Spread: 1-12 feet
Bloom Color: Pink, Purple, Orange, White
Bloom Time: Summer
Annual
green or variegated foliage covered with bright blooms of florescent colors

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Caladium
Caladium

Exposure: Full-Part Shade
Zone: 9-11 (Hardy to 25F)
Mature Height: 8-16 inches
Mature Spread: 8-16 inches
Annual
Pink, Red, or White and Green variegated foliage; can be overwintered indoors and replanted in Spring

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Calibrachoa
Calibrachoa

Exposure: Full-Part Sun
Zone: 9-11 (Hardy to 25F)
Mature Height: 4-9 inches
Mature Spread: 10-15 inches
Bloom Color: Red, Yellow, Pink, Terra Cotta, White
Bloom Time: Summer
Annual
small petunia-like flowers in masses; many colors available; trailing or upright varieties

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Cuphea/Mexican Heather
Cuphea hyssopifolia

Exposure: Full-Part Sun
Zone: 8-11 (Hardy to 15F)
Mature Height: 12-18 inches
Mature Spread: 9-12 inches
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Spring-Fall
Annual
tiny flowers cover tips of dark green, fine textured foliage

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Daisy, Gerbera
Gerbera jamesonii

Exposure: Full Sun
Zone: 7-9 (Hardy to 5F)
Mature Height: 10-15 inches
Mature Spread: 10-15 inches
Bloom Color: Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow, White
Bloom Time: Summer-Fall
Annual/Tender Perennial
good cut flower; large range of colors available; blooms rise above foliage

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Dianthus/Cheddar Pinks
Dianthus

Exposure: Full Sun
Zone: 5-9 (Hardy to -15F)
Mature Height: 6-24 inches
Mature Spread: 6-24 inches
Bloom Color: Red, Pink, Purple, White
Bloom Time: Summer
Annual/Tender Perennial
some cold hardy varieties available; flat round flowers; prefer well-drained soil

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Grass, Purple Fountain
Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'

Exposure: Full Sun
Zone: 9-11 (Hardy to 25F)
Mature Height: 3-4 feet
Mature Spread: 3-6 feet
Bloom Color: Rose
Bloom Time: Summer-Fall
Annual
drought tolerant, purple foliage

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Kale/Cabbage, Ornamental
Brassica oleracea

Exposure: Full-Sun
Zone: 10-11 (Hardy to 35F)
Mature Height: 2 feet
Mature Spread: 2 feet
Annual
cool weather annual; Red, Purple, or Cream colored centers of green heads, good cut flower

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Lysimachia/Creeping Jenny
Lysimachia nummularia

Exposure: Sun-Shade
Zone: 3-8 (Hardy to -35F)
Mature Height: 3-4 inches
Mature Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Summer
Annual/Tender Perennial
ground cover or trailing in containers; dime-sized leaves; tiny flowers

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Marigold
Tagetes erecta

Exposure: Full-Sun
Zone: 10-11 (Hardy to 35F)
Mature Height: 8-12 inches
Mature Spread: 8-12 inches
Bloom Color: Yellow, Orange
Bloom Time: Summer
Annual
bright flowers on dark green foliage; upright habit

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Mum
Chrysanthemum

Exposure: Full-Sun
Zone: 2-9 (Hardy to -45F)
Mature Height: 1-2 feet
Mature Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom Color: Yellow, Orange, Red, Purple, White
Bloom Time: Fall
Annual/Tender Perennial
pinch off blooms all summer for profuse Fall blooming; mounding habit

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Pansy/Viola
Viola

Exposure: Full-Sun
Zone: 4-8 (Hardy to -25F)
Mature Height: 6-8 inches
Mature Spread: 6-8 inches
Bloom Color: Purple, Yellow, Blue, Red, Orange, White
Bloom Time: Winter
Annual
cool season annual, survive light freezes; violas smaller & more numerous

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Pentas
Pentas lanceolata

Exposure: Full-Part Sun
Zone: 9-10 (Hardy to 25F)
Mature Height: 1-3 feet
Mature Spread: 1 foot
Bloom Color: Red, Pink
Bloom Time: Summer
Annual
bright green foliage backs star-shaped flower clusters, attracts butterflies

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Petunia
Petnunia

Exposure: Full-Part Sun
Zone: 9-10 (Hardy to 25F)
Mature Height: 6-10 inches
Mature Spread: 8-12 inches
Bloom Color: Pink, Purple, White
Bloom Time: Summer
Annual
large trumpet-shaped flowers; many colors available; constant bloomer

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Plumbago
Plumbago auriculata

Exposure: Full Sun
Zone: 9-11 (Hardy to 25F)
Mature Height: 3-8 feet
Mature Spread: 3-8 feet
Bloom Color: Blue, Lavender
Bloom Time: Summer
Annual
can withstand some frosts; gracefully arching branches

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Purslane/Moss Rose
Portulaca oleracea

Exposure: Full Sun
Zone: 10-11 (Hardy to 35F)
Mature Height: 4-8 inches
Mature Spread: 14-16 inches
Bloom Color: Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow, White
Bloom Time: Summer
Annual
heat/drought tolerant; attracts hummingbirds; brightly colored flowers

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Salvia
Salvia

Exposure: Full-Part Sun
Zone: 7-10 (Hardy to 5F)
Mature Height: 1-3 feet
Mature Spread: 1-3 feet
Bloom Color: Red, Blue
Bloom Time: Summer
Annual
some cold-hardy varieties; spikes of bright flowers; attracts butterflies

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Snapdragon
Antirrhinum majus

Exposure: Full Sun
Zone: 9-10 (Hardy to 25F)
Mature Height: 18-24 inches
Mature Spread: 18-24 inches
Bloom Color: Pink, Purple, Red, Yellow, Orange, White
Bloom Time: Summer-Fall
Annual
cool season annual; sturdy flower spikes good for cut flowers

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Sunflower
Helianthus annuus

Exposure: Full Sun
Zone: 4-9 (Hardy to -25F)
Mature Height: 3-8 feet
Mature Spread: 1-3 feet
Bloom Color: Yellow, Rust
Bloom Time: Summer
Annual/Tender Perennial
large flower heads move with the direction of the sun; good cut flower

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Zinnia
Zinnia

Exposure: Full-Part Sun
Zone: 9-10 (Hardy to 25F)
Mature Height: 12-15 inches
Mature Spread: 12-15 inches
Bloom Color: Red, Orange, Yellow, White, Pink
Bloom Time: Summer
Annual
large blooms of many colors; upright plant; good cut flower