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Annuals: Container Gardens & Hanging Baskets

10-18" Annual Container Gardens
10-18" Annual Combo Planters

Annual Container Gardens are planters filled with a variety of annual flowers that our InColor Plant experts carefully create each season. InColor Annual Container Gardens are available in stunning traditional combinations like geraniums and ipomoea and in fun, unique combinations like using canna lily as a centerpiece and tradiscanthia to trail over the pot.

ZONE: Grow as an annual

LIGHT: The designs we use in our Annual Container Gardens are all curated specifically for full to partial sun locations.

FEED: An all-purpose fertilizer applied every 2 weeks will help keep your large container healthy and thriving.

BLOOM TIME: Spring to Fall

HEIGHT: Up to 30” depending on the varieties.

WATER: Regular, consistent watering is critical for the health and longevity of Container Gardens. During warm weather, water pots on a daily basis ensuring that at least 20% of the water that enters the top of the pot exits out of the bottom drainage hole to plush out excess fertilizer salts. To test if the container needs water, stick your index finger into the soil up the knuckle. If the soil is dry, it’s time to water. If soil is wet, wait another day and check again.

HABIT: Upright, mounded and trailing components. 

VIGOR: Depends on varieties in the combination.

MAINTENANCE: Pruning and deadheading can help remove the look of spent blooms, encourage new blooms and keep your Container Garden looking groomed and lush. Start by pruning out any dead or weak growth along with the flowers that are done blooming and any leggy growth. Then trim back the rest to the desired size and keep pruning it back throughout the summer to keep it in check.
GROW TIP: Is one of the plants in your container looking a little worn and past its prime? Don’t be afraid to gently remove it and replace it with a different plant. The new plant will root right into the existing soil and mingle with the other plants.
20" + Container Gardens
20" + Planters
Large 20” and up containers that are lush and overflowing with flowers are what InColor Plants does best! Filled with a variety of different flowers to provide height, color and texture, these designs are a well-rounded, show-stopper for your outdoor space.

ZONE: Grow as an annual

LIGHT: The designs we use in our 20” and up Container Gardens are curated specifically for full to partial sun locations.

FEED: An all-purpose fertilizer applied every 2 weeks will help keep your large container healthy and thriving.

BLOOM TIME: Spring to Fall

HEIGHT: Up to 24” depending on the varieties.

WATER: Regular, consistent watering is critical for the health and longevity of large flower planters. During warm weather, water pots on a daily basis ensuring that at least 20% of the water that enters the top of the pot exits out of the bottom drainage hole to plush out excess fertilizer salts. To test if the container needs water, stick your index finger into the soil up the knuckle. If the soil is dry, it’s time to water. If soil is wet, wait another day and check again.

HABIT: Upright, mounded and trailing components. 

VIGOR: Depends on varieties in the combination.

MAINTENANCE: Pruning and deadheading can help remove the look of spent blooms, encourage new blooms and keep your container garden looking groomed and lush. Start by pruning out any dead or weak growth along with the flowers that are done blooming and any leggy growth. Then trim back the rest to the desired size and keep pruning it back throughout the summer to keep it in check.
GROW TIP: Is one of the plants in your container looking a little worn and past its prime? Don’t be afraid to gently remove it and replace it with a different plant. The new plant will root right into the existing soil and mingle with the other plants.
Hanging Baskets
Hanging Baskets
Our hanging baskets are filled with beautiful annual flower combinations. Hanging baskets can brighten up your front porch or back patio immensely. Follow our grow tips for a lush, drool-worthy hanging basket display.

ZONE: Grow as an annual

LIGHT: Most hanging baskets require full to partial sun. If your basket contains any shade-loving annuals, place the hanging basket in a partial sun to shade location.

FEED: An all-purpose fertilizer applied every 2 weeks will help help your hanging basket healthy and thriving.

BLOOM TIME: Spring to Fall

HEIGHT: 8-12”

WATER: Water regularly throughout the growing season. Hanging baskets should be watered much more often than in-ground gardens since the smaller vessel of soil and plants can dry out quicker. In a sunny location, a hanging basket can require water at least once daily and sometimes twice per day in the summer heat. If its in shade, you may be able to go a few days between watering.

HABIT: Mounded and trailing 

VIGOR: Depends on varieties in the hanging basket combination.

MAINTENANCE: Deadheading and pruning your hanging basket is necessary to keep the plants vibrant and thriving. Inspect your hanging basket once per week and remove any dead or fading flowers and brown leaves.
GROW TIP: Cut back any parts of the plant that look dead or damaged. This will help encourage new growth, more blooms and create that full, lush look.
Deck Rail Planters
Deck Rail Planters
Deck Rail Planters are annual flower planters that are designed specifically to put on the rail of a deck or can be placed on the ground on a patio or other outdoor space. InColor Deck Rail Planters are designed with eye-popping combinations of height, texture and color. They fill out even more throughout the season and certain plant components like ipomoea and dichondra will spill over the sides of the containers.

ZONE: Grow as an annual

LIGHT: The designs we use in our Deck Rail Planters are all curated specifically for full to partial sun locations.

FEED: An all-purpose fertilizer applied every 2 weeks will help help keep your planter healthy and thriving.

BLOOM TIME: Spring to Fall

HEIGHT: Up to 30" depending on the varieties.

WATER: Regular, consistent watering is critical for the health and longevity of large flower planters. During warm weather, water on a daily basis ensuring that at least 20% of the water that enters the top of the planter exits out of the bottom drainage holes to push out excess fertilizer salts. To test if the planter needs water, stick your index finger into the soil up the knuckle. If the soil is dry, it’s time to water. If soil is wet, wait another day and check again.

HABIT: Upright, mounded and trailing components.

VIGOR: Depends on varieties in the planter combination.

MAINTENANCE: Pruning and deadheading can help remove the look of spent blooms, encourage new blooms and keep your planter looking groomed and lush. Start by pruning out any dead or weak growth along with the flowers that are done blooming and any leggy growth. Then trim back the rest to the desired size and keep pruning it back throughout the summer to keep it in check.
GROW TIP: Is one of the plants in your planter looking a little worn and past its prime? Don’t be afraid to gently remove it and replace it with a different plant. The new plant will root right into the existing soil and mingle with the other plants.

Succulents

Succulent Container Gardens
Succulent Container Gardens
Succulent plants are drought-resistant plants in which leaves, stems and roots becomes more fleshly of water-storing tissue.

COMMON NAME: Succulent

BOTANICAL NAME: Several varieties

ZONE: 4-10

LIGHT: Half of day to full day of sun.

FEED: Once per month, goes dormant in winter.

BLOOM TIME: Spring if conditions are right.

HEIGHT: 4-6"

WATER: Twice per week, goes dormant in winter.

HABIT: Mounding and spreading 

VIGOR: Vigorous, drought-tolerant

TEMPS: 40-80 degrees

MAINTENANCE: Deadhead yellowing or dying foliage as needed.
GROW TIP: Our succulent container garden looks wonderful indoors in the perfect windowsill but does even better outside in the sun! Place as a centerpiece for your patio table or inside of a taller container to add some height to the planter without re-potting.

Spring Bulbs

Asiatic Lily
Asiatic Lily
Known for its easy-to-care-for habits and early blooming, this large trumpet-shaped bloom comes in a wide variety of colors with pointed dark green foliage and a hardy stem.

VIGORFamous for their vigor. They will flourish with minimal effort.

COMMON NAME: Asiatic Lily

BOTANICAL NAME: Lilium asiatic

ZONE: 4-9

LIGHT: Full sun to partial shade

FEED: Provide the best soil you can with a mix of drainage material, then apply a topping of slow-release fertilizer after planting bulbs.

BLOOM TIME: End of Spring or Early Summer and can last all summer with proper care.

HEIGHT: 18-24"

WATER: 3-4 times each week with well drained soil.

HABIT: Large and long sturdy stems that branch out with upward facing blooms.

TEMPS: 32 to 85 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Deadheaded after blooms fade. Remove old foliage in late fall then cut the dead stalks down.
GROW TIP: Asiatic lilies do amazingly well in perennial flower beds AND containers! Plant alone or with a mixture of smaller bushier plants and trailers to make a show-stopping planter!
Daffodil
Daffodil

These vibrant flowers help welcome Spring. Beautiful flowering bulbs that display spectacular Early Spring color.

VIGOR: Vigorous

COMMON NAME: Daffodil

BOTANICAL NAME: Narcissus

ZONE: 3-9

LIGHT: Sun

FEED: Fertilize in the Fall if planted in the ground.

BLOOM TIME: Early Spring

HEIGHT: 8-24"

WATER: Weekly during dry spells or as needed if potted indoor plant.

HABIT: Clumping upright

MAINTENANCE: Remove spent blooms as needed.
GROW TIP: Plant Daffodils in a sunny spot that gets at least 6 hours of bright sun every day. If planted in partial shade, the plants will not bloom.
Easter Lily
Easter Lily

Perennial bulb with large white trumpet shaped flowers with a wonderful fragrance.

VIGOR: Reliable vigor

COMMON NAME: Easter Lily

BOTANICAL NAME: Lilium Longiflorum

ZONE: 4-8

LIGHT: Full to partial sun. Protect from afternoon Sun.

FEED: Slow-release balanced fertilizer

BLOOM TIME: Summer

HEIGHT: 2-3'

WATER: Don’t allow soil to dry out and have good drainage to prevent rot. 

HABIT: Large and long sturdy stems that branch out with upward facing blooms.

TEMPS: 60 to 70 degrees
MAINTENANCE: May need staking once they grow tall.Remove flowers once they fade.
GROW TIP: Easter Lilies make great houseplants! Place them by a window with bright, indirect light and protect them from cold drafts and heat sources.
Freesia
Freesia
Often used in hand creams, shampoos and candles because of their pleasing scent. Attracts bees and butterflies. Also deer resistant!

VIGOR: Vigorous, attractive flowering bulb.

COMMON NAME: Freesia

BOTANICAL NAME: Leichtlinii, Refracta

ZONE: 9-10

LIGHT: Full sun to partial shade

FEED: Every 2 weeks with water-soluble plant food.

BLOOM TIME10-12 weeks after planting

HEIGHT: 12-24"

WATER: Water well after planting, then water just enough to maintain even moisture.

HABIT: Arching. Flowers open on just one side of the stem. Blooms face upwards.

TEMPS: 55 to 60 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Need to stake when the flowers bloom and the stems become heavy.
GROW TIP: For the best scent, choose freesias that have pure white or yellow blooms. Darker shades like red, purple have a lighter scent.
Muscari
Muscari

A blub that grows short and dense, produces many “bunches” of urn-shaped flowers, typically blue or a lavender/purple hue, that resemble grape clusters. Some can also come in pink and white.

VIGOR: Vigorous but can decline after a few years if planted in the ground. 

COMMON NAME: Grape Hyacinth

BOTANICAL NAME: Muscari

ZONE: 3-9

LIGHT: Full sun to partial shade

FEED: Needs little to no fertilizer. Start in slightly acidic soil but if in a container, you can provide a granular 5-10-5 fertilizer before spring.

BLOOM TIME: Spring, foliage yellows then regrows and can last until first frost.

HEIGHT: 6-12"

WATER: Needs well-drained soil. Water 1 to 2 times weekly.

HABIT: Mounding bulb

TEMPS: 25 to 80 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Once blooms fade, clean them up and allow the foliage to continue growing until it finally yellows in color, which will naturally fade away. Foliage may regrow but will not bloom until the next spring.
GROW TIP: Muscari still produces new foliage all the way until the first frost. Continue to let it grow in your garden beds and watch it come back again next year! They also fill out flower beds very well as they multiply freely after growing for several seasons.
Tulip
Tulip

Striking flowers that add color wherever they are placed. Whether planted in the ground or in a indoor potted plant, tulips are lovely seasonal display of color.

VIGORVigorous and sturdy 

COMMON NAME: Tulip

BOTANICAL NAME: Tulipa

ZONE: 3-8

LIGHT: Sun

FEED: Fertilize in the Fall if planted in the ground.

BLOOM TIME: Early Spring

HEIGHT: 12-24"

WATER: Weekly during dry spells or as needed if potted indoor plant.

HABIT: Upright

MAINTENANCE: Keep free from weeds.
GROW TIP: Plant in groups of 10 or more so they can protect each other as they grow. Keep soil moist and do not let it dry out. Keeping soil moist will make your tulips last longer!

Annuals: Flower Packs & Pots

Alternanthera
Alternanthera
Colorful foliage. Good for ground cover and hanging baskets.

COMMON NAME: Joyweeds or Joseph’s Coat

BOTANICAL NAME: Alternanthera

ZONE: 10-11

LIGHT: Full sun for best color.

FEED: No fertilizer required.

BLOOM TIME: Spring to Frost

HEIGHT: 6-12"

WATER: Regular, but light.

HABIT: Arches over containers.

TEMPS: Warmer temperatures.
MAINTENANCE: Low maintenance when in well draining soil in full sunlight.
GROW TIP: Grow in organic rich, moist, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.

Alyssum
Alyssum
Produces abundance of tiny cluster flowers. A showy addition to borders and containers. These delightful honey-scented flowers come in shades of white, pink, rose, lavender, purple, and apricot.

VIGOR: Hardy annual

COMMON NAME: Alyssum, Sweet Alyssum

BOTANICAL NAME: Lobularia Maritima

ZONE: Annual zones 1-8, short lived perennial in 9-11.

LIGHT: 6 hours of sun, can tolerate partial share.

FEED: Add a time-release fertilizer to the soil at the time of planting. When blooms are spent, apply water-soluble fertilizer to stimulate new growth; reapply monthly.

BLOOM TIME: Spring to Hard Frost

HEIGHT: Under 6"

WATER: Keep well-watered: 2” deep in containers. Do not let dry out.

HABIT: Thrives in flower beds and borders, containers and hanging baskets.

TEMPS: 50 to 70 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Produces continually blooming flowers, with no reason to deadhead.
GROW TIP: Add these abundantly-blooming flowers to accent your garden or containers. They will continually rebloom throughout the season.
Angelonia
Angelonia
Tubular-shaped flowers that come in a wide variety of colors. They attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. Some people think the fragrant leaves smell like apples.

COMMON NAME: Summer Snapdragons

BOTANICAL NAME: Angelonia

ZONE: 9-11

LIGHT: Full sun or light shade

FEED: 10-5-10 fertilizer once a month

BLOOM TIME: Summer-Fall

HEIGHT: 12-18"

WATER: Moist, well drained soil. They can take brief dry spells.

HABIT: Columns and mounded

TEMPS: 6-8 hours direct sun for max flowering.
MAINTENANCE: No deadheading required.
GROW TIP: When young plants are 6 inches tall, pinch the tips of the main stems to encourage branching and bushiness!
Aptenia
Aptenia
Fibrous succulent subshrubs with “vine-like” stems that crawl across the ground or climb. They tend to have a waxy texture with lance-shaped flowers that measure about a half inch across.

VIGOR: Fast growing, but may be short lived as a perennial.

COMMON NAME: Aptenia

BOTANICAL NAME: Aptenia

ZONE: 10-11, grow as an annual in all other zones.

LIGHT: Full sun

FEED: Not feeding required. Two to three times a year can help benefit bloom production.

BLOOM TIME: Late Spring to Late Summer

HEIGHT: 6”, with vines reaching about 24”.

WATER: Water only when soil has dried.

HABIT: Tends to mound then quickly spread. Can overtake certain plants if used in containers.

TEMPS: Can survive slightly cool temperatures but will quickly die if frost occurs.
MAINTENANCE: Very low, but does require cutting back occasionally.
GROW TIP: Being low maintenance, Aptenia should be easy for anyone to care for. Make sure to not over-water and check the soil before watering. Clip broken or damaged leaves and vines to promote new growth.
Argyranthemum
Argyranthemum
A close cousin of the Chrysanthemum flower with open-faced bloom and long thick stems. Argyranthemum blooms can be single, anemone-centered, or double. Colors range from white to pink, yellow, and apricot.

VIGOR: Vigorous

COMMON NAME: Marguerite Daisy, Cobbitty Daisy

BOTANICAL NAME: Argyranthemum

ZONE: 9-11, grow as an annual in all other zones.

LIGHT: Full sun

FEED: Liquid fertilizer once a month.

BLOOM TIME: Late Spring to Early Fall

HEIGHT: 2-3'

WATERWater regularly and drain well to avoid root rot.

HABIT: Mounding

TEMPS: 65-75 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Prune in Early to Mid-Spring by cutting back flowered shoots to within an inch of previous year's growth.
GROW TIP: Works well in containers, planters AND in borders of gardens. It is recommended that you add mulch before the first frost to protect the root system, so you have a better chance of it coming back next spring!
Artemisia
Artemisia
A diverse genus of plants that consists roughly of 200 to 400 species which grow in temperate, semiarid habitats. These can consist of sagebrush, sage wort, wormwood, and tarragon. Their leaves can be identified as having white/silver like hair.

VIGOR: As bushy plant, they can grow outward and tall relatively quick.

COMMON NAME: Artemisia

BOTANICAL NAME: Artemisia

ZONE: 7-10, grown as an annual in all other zone.

LIGHT: Full sun

FEED: No feeding required. Does not grow well in nutrient-rich soil.

BLOOM TIME: Late Summer to Early Fall

HEIGHT/SPREAD: 6”-3’, and roughly 2’-3’ wide if not restrained. 

WATER: Water only when soil has dried.

HABIT: Tends to mound then quickly spread. Can overtake certain plants if used in containers.

TEMPS: Can survive slightly cool temperatures but will quickly die if frost occurs.
MAINTENANCE: Very low, but does require cutting back occasionally.
GROW TIP: Being low maintenance, you should only need to water occasionally once they have become established and cut back if the plant begins to take up too much space.
Bacopa
Bacopa
Cascading tiny flowers cover mounded plants.

COMMON NAME: Bacopa

BOTANICAL NAME: Sutera

ZONE: 6-9

LIGHT: Moderate

FEED: All-purpose fertilizer

HEIGHT: 4-8"

WATER: Daily

HABIT: Trailing

TEMPS: 58 to 90 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Low
GROW TIP: Bacopa is wonderful as an airy filler in containers and wonderful in hanging baskets. Can even be used as a small-scale ground cover!
Begonia
Begonia

Showy flowers and leaves with a variety of shapes, sizes and colors.Male and female flowers on the same plant.

COMMON NAME: Begonia

BOTANICAL NAME: Begonia hybrid

ZONE: 7-11, grown as an annual in all other zones.

LIGHT: Part sun, afternoon shade

FEED: Slow-release fertilizer for annual flowers.

BLOOM TIME: Spring to Fall

HEIGHT/SPREAD: 6-12", 1-3'

WATER: Keep soil moist, but not soggy.

HABIT: Variety of shapes, sizes and colors.

TEMPS: 65 to 73 degrees during the day.
MAINTENANCE: Deadhead spent blooms and keep soil moist.
GROW TIP: In areas where summers are very hot, plant Begonias where they can get afternoon shade!
Caladium
Caladium

Large, uniquely-patterned foliage with a tuberous stem. White, red, green, and some yellow hues.

VIGOR: Vigorous when kept in good light.

COMMON NAME: Caladium

BOTANICAL NAME: Caladium

ZONE: 9-11, grown as an annual in all other zones.

LIGHT: Partial sun

FEED: All-purpose fertilizer 

BLOOM TIME: Spring to Fall

HEIGHT: 12-30" 

WATER: Keep soil moist, not soggy. Don’t let soil dry out too much between watering every few days.

HABIT: Upright

TEMPS: 50 to 70 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Low. Deadhead dying or browning leaves.
GROW TIP: Caladiums are unique and have wonderful large leaves that work well in a multitude of planters. Try making them the centerpiece with lots of beautiful, bloomed flowers for companions!
Calibrachoa
Calibrachoa

A miniature variety of a petunia.Lush flowering plants perfect for hangingbaskets.

VIGOR: Mounds of foliage

COMMON NAME: Calibrachoa

BOTANICAL NAME: Calibrachoa

ZONE: 9-11, grown as an annual in all other zones.

LIGHT: Full sun

FEED: All-purpose fertilizer biweekly

BLOOM TIME: June to Frost

HEIGHT: 3-9' 

WATER: Keep soil moist and well-drained.

HABIT: Mounded, trailing

TEMPS: Warmer temps
MAINTENANCE: Low
GROW TIP: Calibrachoas are a great accent plant to spill off the sides of hanging baskets and containers. Or when grown by itself make a beautiful, colorful container full of miniature flowers!
Canna Lily
Canna Lily
Large, bright blooms that attract butterflies. Tall growing plant that is spectacular in container gardens or along walls.

VIGOR: Vigorous

COMMON NAME: Canna Lily 

BOTANICAL NAME: Canna

ZONE: 8-10, grown as an annual in all other zones.

LIGHT: Full to partial sun

FEED: All-purpose fertilizer

BLOOM TIME: Summer to Fall

HEIGHT: 48" 

WATER: Keep soil moist and well-drained.

HABIT: Upright

TEMPS: 60 to 80 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Low. Prune dead leaves after summer when blooms fade.
GROW TIP: A unique and beautiful flower that can make a statement as a stand alone planter or planted as a “thriller” in combination planters
Catharanthus Roseus
Catharanthus Roseus
Spreading five-petaled flowers with leaves that are oval to oblong.

VIGOR: Showy flower

COMMON NAME: Periwinkle and Vinca

BOTANICAL NAME: Catharanthus Roseus

ZONE: 10-11, grown as an annual in all other zones.

LIGHT: Full sun to part shade

FEED: Light spring feeding and regular watering.

BLOOM TIME: June to Frost

HEIGHT: 6-12" 

WATER: Needs regular moisture and superior soil drainage is key.

HABIT: Mounding, reaching

TEMPS: Thrives in hot and humid summer weather.
MAINTENANCE: Low
GROW TIP: They prefer to grow in moist soils in partially shaded or sunny areas!
Celosia
Celosia
There are several varieties of celosia (wheat, cockscomb, plume) that grow in unique ways. Celosia grows large and bushy and looks amazing with several bunches planted near one another for a “celosia garden”. Has unique bloom shapes.

VIGOR: Vigorous, heat tolerant and drought tolerant.

COMMON NAME: Celosia

BOTANICAL NAME: Celosia Plumosa

ZONE: 9-12, grown as an annual in all other zones.

LIGHT: Full sun

FEED: All-purpose fertilizer

BLOOM TIME: Summer to Fall

HEIGHT: 12" 

WATER: Water several times a week but don’t let soil dry out too much. Reduce watering later in the year.

HABIT: Upright

TEMPS: 60-80 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Provide soil with great drainage to avoid rot. Blooms start to fade from the bottom up, so when the bottom third to half is done, remove it at the leaf joint.
GROW TIP: Comes in a variety of colors and shapes that will make your containers pop
Coleus
Coleus
Large foliage that displays unique patterns and bright colors.

VIGOR: Vigorous

COMMON NAME: Coleus

BOTANICAL NAME: Solenostemon

ZONE: 9-11, grown as an annual in all other zones.

LIGHT: Full to part shade

FEED: All-purpose fertilizer once per month

HEIGHT: 16" 

WATER: Water often for moist, but not soggy soil. Use mulch to keep moisture longer.

HABIT: Mounding, upright

TEMPS: 70-80 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Pinch back new growth to keep plant looking “tidy”. Prune dead or yellowing leaves to continue growth.
GROW TIP: Keep away from strong winds and extreme weather. Coleus can grow very large, so make sure to be prepared with an adequate container!
Cordyline
Cordyline
This is a decorative plant grown for its colorful foliage.Some varieties may produce a spiked white flower stem.It is generally added to gardens and containers as an accent plant.

VIGOR: Hardy

COMMON NAME: Cordyline

BOTANICAL NAME: Cordyline australis

ZONE: 9-11, grown as an annual in all other zones.

LIGHT: Full sun to partial sun

FEED: All-purpose fertilizer during Spring.

HEIGHT: 4' 

WATER: Water weekly but do not over-water.

HABIT: Gardens and containers

TEMPS: 60-85 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Low
GROW TIP: Add this hardy plant as an accent in containers and baskets.It is thought to bring good luck to the grower!
Cuphea
Cuphea
Long blooming tubular flowers that attract hummingbirds.

COMMON NAME: Firecracker Plant, Cigar Flower, Bat Flower

BOTANICAL NAME: Cuphea

ZONE: 8-11, grown as an annual in all other zones.

LIGHT: Full sun

FEED: Fertilize throughout Summer.

BLOOM TIME: Late Spring to Frost

HEIGHT: 1-3' 

WATER: Keep soil evenly moist, but not soggy.

HABIT: Gardens and containers

TEMPS: Warm temps
MAINTENANCE: Low, no deadheading required.
GROW TIP: Cupheas are a favorite to our pollinating friends. Grow Cuphea in a colorful hanging basket and watch it get visits from hummingbirds all season long.
Dianthus
Dianthus
This traditional garden flower produces blooms that attract pollinators and come in nearly every color except blue. Has small clusters of flowers with zig-zag edges. Used as cut flowers in bouquets. Can be mildly toxic to skin and pets.

VIGOR: Vigorous

COMMON NAME: Dianthus, Carnation, Pink and Sweet William

BOTANICAL NAME: Dianthus

ZONE: 3-9, perennial in many zones.

LIGHT: 6 hours of sun, can tolerate partial shade.

FEED: Apply a liquid fertilizer monthly during bloom time.

BLOOM TIME: Spring to Mid-Summer

HEIGHT: 4-36" 

WATER: Water weekly but do not over-water.

HABIT: Plant in well-drained soil with full sun.

TEMPS: 40-85 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Regularly deadhead the blooms to encourage new flowers. Taller varieties may need to be staked.
GROW TIP: Add these traditional flowers to your gardens for both color and cutting. Gather these fragrant blooms for bouquets!
Dichondra
Dichondra
A small genus of flowering plants with circular leaves in the morning glory family. They are prostrate, perennial, herbaceous plants with small greenish yellow, or white flowers.

VIGOR: As spreaders, they tend to cover a lot of ground relatively quick.

COMMON NAME: Morning Glory and Ponysfoots

BOTANICAL NAME: Dichondra

ZONE: 7-11

LIGHT: Light to full sun, but in partial shade they tend to stay greener and have a looser habit.

FEED: Feed monthly if needed, however they can thrive in low-nutrient soil.

BLOOM TIME: Early Summer

HEIGHT/SPREAD: 1', 3-6' 

WATER: Allow soil to dry between waterings. Prone to root rot if too wet.

HABIT: They tend to mound, then become fast spreaders.

TEMPS: 50-85 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Very low. Cut back, water, and feed only when needed.
GROW TIP: Dichondra make a beautiful trailing element in hanging baskets and containers. Plant close to the edge so the foliage spills over the side!
Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena covers a wide variety of about 120 different species of plants. They come in many different sizes and shapes, all of which come from a brown center stalk, with sword shaped leaves on the end.

VIGOR: Grows tall and can grow slow.

COMMON NAME: Dracaena

BOTANICAL NAME: Dracaena

ZONE: 7-11, grown as an annual in all other zones.

LIGHT: Full sun

FEED: Feed once or twice per year. Too much fertilizer can cause damage to the leaf tips.       

BLOOM TIME: Many varieties can bloom when mature, however this would require caring for them indoors, and may only bloom every five to ten years.

HEIGHT: 2-10'       

WATER: Keep soil wet, but not soggy. Some species may require filtered water.

HABIT: Tends to grow tall and long. Some varieties are used for spikes in planters, whereas others are more “tree-like” and can be used in a planter by themselves

TEMPS: 55-95 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Very low maintenance if they are watered as needed. To maintain the height, it will need to be cut back from time to time. Lower leaves naturally shed but can be clipped. All varieties should respond well to pruning. Many varieties can also have cuttings used to propagate new plants.
GROW TIP: This is our go-to plant to use as the “thriller” centerpiece component of mixed containers of all sizes!
Dusty Miller
Dusty Miller
Annual bedding plant that is known for its fuzz-covered silver and grey foliage.

VIGOR: Drought-tolerant. Can survive a light frost but doesn’t do well in damp conditions.

COMMON NAME: Dusty Miller

BOTANICAL NAME: Jacobaea maritima

ZONE: 8-10

LIGHT: Full sun to partial shade

FEED: After planting, use a general-purpose, slow-release fertilizer in Early Spring and water heavily to disperse. In Midsummer, drench plants with a liquid plant food to stimulate new growth.    

BLOOM TIME: Midsummer

HEIGHT: 8-18"       

WATER: Doesn’t enjoy high moisture. Water regularly but let it dry out between waterings.

HABIT: Mounding

TEMPS: 50-80 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Most gardeners remove the small yellow flowers that could bloom, but it’s up to the gardener’s personal choice. Removing the blooms allows the foliage to flourish. If you have a perennial Dusty Miller, cut the plant down to 3” to 4” to make room for new growth.
GROW TIP: The silvery-gray foliage works as an effective contrast to flowering plants. Use it in flower beds or containers to distinguish itself amongst brightly colored flowers like Zinnias, Dahlias or Geraniums.
Geranium
Geranium

Hardy plants with full, bushy foliage and clusters of combined blooms that can be single (5 petals) or double and come in multiple colors.

VIGOR: Vigorous, tolerates most conditions.

COMMON NAME: Geranium

BOTANICAL NAME: Pelargonium

ZONE: 9-12, grown as an annual in all other zones.

LIGHT: Full sun to partial shade

FEED: Light fertilizer. Use quality liquid 20/20/20 fertilizer every few weeks.

BLOOM TIME: April to October

HEIGHT: 6-12"       

WATER: Water regularly and let the topsoil dry out before watering again.

HABIT: Clustering

TEMPS: 40-80 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Once the blooms fade, prune back the entire stem attached to increase chances of more blooming.
GROW TIP: Prune yellow leaves and water to see them thrive again! They make wonderful fillers for any container with their large size!
Gerbera
Gerbera

Attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. They follow the direction of the sun, like sunflowers.

VIGOR: In the top 5 most used cut flower in the world.

COMMON NAME: African Daisy

BOTANICAL NAME: Gerbera Jamesonii

ZONE: 8-10, grown as an annual in all other zones.

LIGHT: Full sun to partial shade

FEED: Monthly with water-soluble fertilizer.

BLOOM TIME: Summer to Fall

HEIGHT: 10-18"

SPREAD: 9-12"

WATER: Keep moist and well-drained.

TEMPS: 45-50 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Deadhead spent blooms.
GROW TIP: Gerbera daisies make a long lasting cut flower and is amazing planted in containers or along your garden’s edge.
Helichrysum
Helichrysum
A diverse genus of plants that consists roughly of about 600 species which grow in temperate habitats. These can typically be identified by their flat, oblong leaves and the bristles of the pappus are dry and flaky. 

VIGOR: As bushy plant, they can grow outward and tall relatively quick.

COMMON NAME: Helichrysum

BOTANICAL NAME: Helichrysum Orientale 

ZONE: 7-10, grown as an annual in all other zones.

LIGHT: Full sun

FEED: No fertilizer required

BLOOM TIME: Late Summer to Early Fall

HEIGHT: 18-24"

WATER: Water regularly, however they are very drought-tolerant.

HABIT: A small bush-like plant that grows tall and relatively wide.

TEMPS: Needs to be in warm weather and will tolerate cold weather.
MAINTENANCE: Very low maintenance but may require cutting back occasionally.
GROW TIP: Easy to care for, but requires full sun, warm temps, and well-drained soil. Cut, back as needed.
Hypoestes
Hypoestes
Hypoestes is a flowering plant genus of about 150 species. They are widely distributed throughout the tropical and subtropical lands around the Indian Ocean, and some adjacent regions. They are well known for their splotchy variegated leaves.

VIGOR: These grow tall, very quickly, but will slow down once they get to about 1-1.5' tall.

COMMON NAME: Polka Dot Plant

BOTANICAL NAME: Hypoestes

ZONE: 10-11, grown as an annual in all other zones.

LIGHT: Full to partial sun

FEED: Feed once per month with basic fertilizers.

BLOOM TIME: They flower once near the end of their life.

HEIGHT: 12-18"

WATER: Water regularly

HABIT: They grow tall quickly and eat up nutrients just as fast.

TEMPS: As a tropical plant, they will not hold up well in cold temps, but do great in humid and warm weather.
MAINTENANCE: Low maintenance. Clip back leaves as they age to encourage new growth, and make sure that you are giving it plenty of light and warm weather.
GROW TIP: These are a great for filling in containers and will take up space quickly. As a perennial, it will be a struggle unless you live in the appropriate zone. They can be kept indoors, but they need appropriate light and watering, and proper humidity.
Impatiens
Impatiens
Very popular for their profuse blooms and ability to grow in shady areas. Common colors include white, red, pink, violet, coral, purple and yellow.

VIGOR: Easy to grow in shady areas.

COMMON NAME: Impatiens, Touch-Me-Not Plant, Busy Lizzie, Patient Lucy, Sultana

BOTANICAL NAME: Impatiens spp.

ZONE: Annual, Perennial in Zones 10-11

LIGHT: Light to medium shade

FEED: A slow-release granular fertilizer at planting time. Container-grown plants may need more frequent feedings with a liquid fertilizer

BLOOM TIME: Late Spring to Frost

HEIGHT: 8-12" for dwarf forms, up to 3' for larger forms.

WATER: Water daily

HABIT: Well-draining soil enriched with organic matter.

TEMPS: 65-70 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Low maintenance. Pinch back to encourage new growth and blooms.
GROW TIP: Add these colorful plants to shady gardens and containers.Keep them watered regularly and do not let them dry out. You will be rewarded with continuous blooms! 
Ipomoea
Ipomoea
A very large genus with over 600 different species. Usually used in planters as a trailer, but can be used to climb as well.

VIGOR: These are known for being fast climbers and spreaders.

COMMON NAME: Sweet Potato Vine, Morning Glory

BOTANICAL NAME: Ipomoea

ZONE: 9-11, grown as an annual in all other zones.

LIGHT: Full to partial sun

FEED: Feed once per month

BLOOM TIME: Early Summer to Late Fall

HEIGHT: 6-16"

SPREAD: 20-36"

WATER: Water regularly

HABIT: Vines are known for growing fast and long.

TEMPS: Can handle slightly cooler temps, but require warmer weather to thrive.
MAINTENANCE: Water regularly and make sure up until late fall to add a small amount of soluble fertilizer about once a month. Cut back and dead head from time to time to promote healthy growth.
GROW TIP: These are very common and mostly used as trailers, but  you can use lattice or trellises as well! Clip back to help growth, and make sure they are watered well.
Isotoma
Isotoma
This little creeping plant forms a flat carpet of tiny green leaves with small flowers all summer long.

VIGOR: Half hardy

COMMON NAME: Laurentia, Blue Stars

BOTANICAL NAME: Isotoma Axillaris

ZONE: 7-10, grown as an annual in all other zones.

LIGHT: Full sun

BLOOM TIME: June to Frost

HEIGHT: 12-15"

SPREAD: 12-15"

WATER: Medium, average or moist

HABIT: Compact, mounded

TEMPS: Heat-loving
MAINTENANCE: Medium
GROW TIP: This plant accents other plants well in containers and landscape use. Not preferred by deer or rabbits! 
Lamium
Lamium
Part of the mint family, lamium can come with a whitish color or in variegated varieties.

VIGOR: Medium to high vigor. Adding compost once per year will increase the hardiness and vigor.

COMMON NAME: Lamium

BOTANICAL NAME: Lamiaceae

ZONE: 4-8

LIGHT: Partial sun, though some varieties prefer full sun

FEED: No fertilizer required, but to increase bloom production, fertilize twice per year.

BLOOM TIME: Blooms for a rough period of six weeks from Spring to Early Summer, but may have blooms densely populate the leaf axis for the majority of the year.

HEIGHT: 4-8"

WATER: Water thoroughly, but allow the soil to dry slightly and keep moist.

HABIT: Great for ground coverings and can spread quickly.

TEMPS: Lamium is an evergreen in mild to cold climates that can go dormant in winter.
MAINTENANCE: Very low maintenance. Keep the soil moist, well drained, and fertilize twice per year to increase bloom production.
GROW TIP: Lamium makes a great trailing addition to hanging baskets and containers!
Lantana
Lantana

An easy plant to care for that is drought tolerant and blooms continuously.

VIGOR: Very hardy

COMMON NAME: Lantana

BOTANICAL NAME: Verbenaceae

ZONE: 1-8

LIGHT: Full sun for 6-8 hours per day

FEED: Established plants do not need regular feeding. A spring application is sufficient.

BLOOM: Flower clusters 1-2" across and are solid or multicolored with some changing as they age. Colors include yellow, orange, red, purple, white, coral, and peach. Some may produce small berries after blooming.

BLOOM TIME: May to October

HEIGHT: 3-4'

SPREAD: 1-3'

WATER: Once established, these hardy, drought tolerant plants should be watered weekly and twice per week in containers.

HABIT: Drought tolerant shrub, deer resistant.

TEMPS: 65-80 degrees
MAINTENANCEDeadheading the plant will prevent berries.
GROW TIP: Lantana love the sun and the heat! Grow two different varieties in one hanging basket for a show stopping hanging basket for any outdoor space.
Lobelia
Lobelia
Blue to violet flowers with yellow to white throat.

COMMON NAME: Lobelia

BOTANICAL NAME: Lobelia Erinus

ZONE: 10-12

LIGHT: Partial shade

FEED: Fertilize every 2 weeks.

BLOOM TIME: April to June

HEIGHT: 6-9"

WATER: Medium

HABIT: Attracts butterflies.

TEMPS: Cooler weather
MAINTENANCE: Medium
GROW TIP: Best grown in organically rich, evenly moist, well drained soil. Lobelia is perfect for a beautiful pop of color in a geranium container.
Lobularia
Lobularia
Fragrant clusters of flowers bloom all summer. A vigorous, rounded variety that is heat tolerant, and ideal for mixed containers and hanging baskets.

COMMON NAME: Sweet alyssum

BOTANICAL NAME: Lobularia maritima

ZONE: 8-11

LIGHT: Full sun to partial shade

FEED: Feed every two to three weeks with a slow-release granule fertilizer or a liquid feed.

BLOOM: Flower clusters 1-2" across and are solid or multicolored with some changing as they age. Colors include yellow, orange, red, purple, white, coral, and peach. Some may produce small berries after blooming.

BLOOM TIME: Late Spring to first frost

HEIGHT: 4-8"

WATER: Regular watering every few days, let drain well and dry lightly before watering again.

HABIT: Mounded, spreads out

VIGOR: Vigorous

TEMPS: 60-78 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Low. When blooms fade, pinch off under the base of the blooms.
GROW TIP: Able to gracefully cascade, Lobularia works great on the edges of high planters and containers. The smaller blooms make a wonderful contrast to larger, open faced flowers!
Lysimachia
Lysimachia
A vigorous and pervasive groundcover. Features yellow flowers over a low carpet of uniquely paired leaves. A great groundcover for sun or shade, but really stands out spilling over a garden planter.

COMMON NAME: Lysimachia or Creeping Jenny

BOTANICAL NAME: Lysimachia nummularia

ZONE: 4-9

LIGHT: Full sun to partial shade

FEED: A light fertilizer once a year in early spring is all that is needed.

BLOOM: Flower clusters 1-2" across and are solid or multicolored with some changing as they age. Colors include yellow, orange, red, purple, white, coral, and peach. Some may produce small berries after blooming.

BLOOM TIME: Late Spring to Mid Summer

HEIGHT: 2-3"

WATERPrefers moist, well-drained soil, but does tolerate dryness. Dry Lysimachia will become less vigorous.

HABIT: Fast spreading and carpet-like.

VIGOR: Fast spreading, Lysimachia will become carpet-like relatively quick.

TEMPS: Can handle a wide variety of temperatures from warm subtropical to cold.
MAINTENANCE: Fertilize once a year and trim back if needed. Lysimachia spreads quickly and requires being spread out 12” to 18” when planted.
GROW TIP: We love Lysimachia for its bright, vibrant chartreuse color. It offers a great pop of color in garden planters. The lovely trailing habits looks amazing down the side of a hanging basket.
Marigold

African Marigold

African Marigold
Large “pom pom” shaped blooms, longer stems and less mounded than the French version.

COMMON NAME: African Marigold, Aztec Gold

BOTANICAL NAME: Tagetes erecta

ZONE: 8-11

LIGHT: Full sun

FEED: After the plant has settled, use a slow-release granular fertilizer.

BLOOM TIME: Late Spring to Late Fall

HEIGHT: 8-36"

WATER: Water well, let soil dry between watering.

HABIT: Mounding

VIGOR: Hardy, vigorous, heat tolerant

TEMPS: 65-75 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Deadhead the spent blooms to keep the plants tidier and encourage more flowering. 
GROW TIP: African Marigolds make a wonderful addition to any container lacking dimension. With its lush foliage and bright, large blooms, it’ll have heads turning!

French Marigold

French Marigold
Fragrant, smaller than African varieties which tend to grow taller. Red, yellow, orange blooms. Large, mounded foliage.

COMMON NAME: French Marigold

BOTANICAL NAME: Tagetes patula

ZONE: 9-11

LIGHT: Full sun

FEED: After the plant has settled, use a slow-release granular fertilizer.

BLOOM TIME: Late Spring to Late Fall

HEIGHT: 8-36"

WATER: Water well, let soil dry between watering.

HABIT: Mounding

VIGOR: Hardy, vigorous

TEMPS: 65-75 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Deadhead the spent blooms to keep the plants tidier and encourage more flowering. 
GROW TIP: French Marigolds are very fragrant and make awesome additions of color pops due to their bright yellow, orange, red hues. Use as a filler in containers to make it appear lush!
Nemesia
Nemesia
Nemesia is a genus of annuals, perennials and sub-shrubs which are native to sandy coasts or disturbed ground in South Africa. Numerous hybrids have been selected, and the annual cultivars are popular with gardeners as bedding plants. In temperate regions they are usually treated as half-hardy, grown from seed in heat, and planted out after all danger of frost has passed.

COMMON NAME: Nemesia

BOTANICAL NAME: Nemesia

LIGHT: Partial to full sun

ZONE: 2-11

FEED: Feed once per month with basic fertilizers.

BLOOM TIME: Early Spring to Early Fall

HEIGHT: 6-12"

WATER: Water regularly

HABIT: They grow and spread quickly.

VIGOR: These spread very quickly and is the main reason they are such a popular bedding plant.

TEMPS: They do best in warm to hot weather, but can handle cool temps. They do tend to die off when cold, but in some cases can seed themselves and return the next year.
MAINTENANCE: They can be very picky when sprouting, but once they have taken to their soil, they hold up well and are durable as long as they do not dry out. Pinching or dead heading will encourage new growth.
GROW TIP: These are perfect for bedding plants to line sidewalks or borders and can be a fantastic filler in planters. They can fill and are quick to spread, so cut back if it begins to overtake an area. Make sure they do not dry out, as the blooms tend to die quickly if dryness occurs.
Osteospermum
Osteospermum
Open faced bloom, long branching stems. Native to Africa. Part of the daisy family.

COMMON NAME: African Daisy

BOTANICAL NAME: Osteospermum

LIGHT: Full sun to partial shade

ZONE: 9-11, grown as an annual in all other zones.

FEED: Mix a light application of a balanced organic fertilizer into the soil prior to planting. In summer, drench plants every two weeks with a liquid fertilizer.

BLOOM TIME: Summer to Fall

HEIGHT: 1-3'

WATER: Moist soil every few days. Let soil dry lightly between watering. Needs proper drainage.

HABIT: Mounded, dense growth on bottom.

VIGOR: Medium vigor, tolerates light frosts.

TEMPS: 65-70 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Remove any spent blooms and fertilize regularly to keep them blooming and looking their best.
GROW TIP: These look wonderful planted together in a group mixed with highlight plants like Dusty Miller and verbena! Once they bloom, they also make wonderful cut flowers for a vase or bouquet.
Salvia
Salvia

Tubular blooms on tall stems with velvety foliage. Appears in purples, blues, reds, pinks, whites, and some yellows.

COMMON NAME: Salvia

BOTANICAL NAME: Salvia officinalis

ZONE: 5-10

LIGHT: Full sun to partial shade

FEED: Light fertilizer needs. Use a time-release plant food to encourages growth and more blooms.

BLOOM: Flower clusters 1-2" across and are solid or multicolored with some changing as they age. Colors include yellow, orange, red, purple, white, coral, and peach. Some may produce small berries after blooming.

BLOOM TIME: Summer to Fall

HEIGHT: 12-30"

WATER: Water regularly 2-3 times per week if in direct sun.

HABIT: Mounding

VIGOR: Drought tolerant, can be deer resistant.

TEMPS: 55 degrees or higher
MAINTENANCE: When blooms are spent, remove these spikes to encourage additional flowering.
GROW TIP: Use tall Salvia to border gardens or as the centerpiece of a container to give beautiful depth and height to an otherwise boring planter!
Pansy
Pansy
Heart-shaped or rounded leaves sprout from the base, and oblong or oval leaves grow from the stems in a wide variety of colors and patterns.

COMMON NAME: Pansy and Viola or Johnny-Jump-Up

BOTANICAL NAME: Viola X wittrockiana

ZONE: 4-9, perennial in zones 10-11

LIGHT: Full sun to partial shade

FEED: None required. If wintering the plant, add a light feeding with a liquid fertilizer.

BLOOM: Flower clusters 1-2" across and are solid or multicolored with some changing as they age. Colors include yellow, orange, red, purple, white, coral, and peach. Some may produce small berries after blooming.

BLOOM TIME: Spring and Fall, does not bloom in heat of summer.

HEIGHT: 6-8"

WATER: Water frequently, do not let dry out.

HABIT: Pansies perform best in cooler weather and are usually planted in Spring or Fall. They like rich, well-drained soil high in organic matter, and full sun or partial shade.

VIGOR: Hardy, plant in Fall for late color, biennial will bloom again in Spring.

TEMPS: 60-70 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Pansies require minimal deadheading to keep blooming throughout Spring.
GROW TIP: Is it a Pansy or a Viola? Four petals up, one down is a Pansy. Two petals up, three down is a Viola. Plant in Spring and reap the benefits through Fall and into the next Spring too!
Pentas
Pentas
Known for its popular fire star petal-shaped bloom with many stems and branches with dark green foliage. Blooms come in shades of pink, white, red, and lavender.

COMMON NAME: Egyptian star cluster, star flower

BOTANICAL NAME: Pentas lanceolata

ZONE: 10-11. Grow an annual in all other zones.

LIGHT: Full sun to partial shade

FEED: Feed monthly with a general liquid fertilizer.

BLOOM TIME: Summer to First Frost

HEIGHT: 18-36"

WATER: Enjoys moist, not soggy soil. Let soil dry out to medium moisture before watering again. Needs proper drainage.

HABIT: Mounding and able to trail.

VIGOR: Vigorous, drought and heat-tolerant.

TEMPS: 60-75 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Low maintenance. Deadhead blooms as needed. If they become too long you can prune them back and watch them grow back quickly with more blooms!
GROW TIP: These compact flowers do well in containers of other compact plants mixed in with a larger bloomed plant. Try mixing Pentas with Lantana and African Marigolds in a container for some beautiful color, texture and dimension!

Perennials

Columbine
Columbine

Columbines are an easy-to-grow perennial that blooms in a variety of colors in Spring. Foliage is green in the Spring and Summer then turns maroon in Fall.

VIGOR: Spring flowers are easy to recognize because they have spurs.

COMMON NAME: Columbine

BOTANICAL NAME: Aquilegia

ZONE: 3-8

LIGHT: Full sun, partial shade in hot weather.

FEED: Water-soluble fertilizer monthly.

BLOOM TIME: Spring to Summer

HEIGHT: 1-3'

WATER: Water weekly and additional watering during dry conditions.

TEMPS: Not too hot or cold.
MAINTENANCE: Mulching is a good idea to keep an evenly moist environment.
GROW TIP: Plant the Colorado State Flower in beds in multiples to create a beautiful border to show off your state pride!
Coreopsis
Coreopsis
Part of the genus Asteraceae, with over 75 types of Coreopsis. Large open-faced blooms with involucral bracts, small foliage under the bloom, and long sturdy stems.

VIGOR: Vigorous and hardy

COMMON NAME: Tickseed, Calliopsis

BOTANICAL NAME: Coreopsis

ZONE: 5-9

LIGHT: Full sun

FEED: Use a high quality liquid or slow-release granulated feed once a month in growing seasons.

BLOOM TIME: Early Summer to first Frost

HEIGHT: 18-47"

WATER: Water two or three times per week.

HABIT: Upright mounding

TEMPS: 50 to 80 degrees
MAINTENANCE: After growing season, cut back the plant 1/3 to 1/2 of it’s height. Don’t go too far to the mounded area as this will affect growth.
GROW TIP: These do best on your garden border or in a darker-colored container.
Daylily
Daylily
Daylilies are a popular, easy-to-grow, low-maintenance perennial that are tough, long-lived, and tolerant of neglect. They bloom profusely, though individual blooms only last a single day, and varieties number in the tens of thousands.

VIGOR: Vigorous

COMMON NAME: Daylily

BOTANICAL NAME: Hermerocallis

ZONE: 3-9

LIGHT: Full sun

FEED: A high-phosphorus fertilizer can be added to speed growth.

BLOOM TIME: Late Spring to Early Fall and especially Summer

HEIGHT: 1-2'

WATER: Daily, especially in Spring when the buds are forming.

HABIT: Best in full sun, in a well-drained soil. They are toxic to cats.

TEMPS: Wide range of hot and cold temps.
MAINTENANCE: Remove yellowed or dead foliage from the base by grasping firmly and giving a quick tug. After all blooming is done, plants can be sheared to the level of new growth or 6 to 8 inches from the ground and stems cut back to the base. Keep them watered well and you’ll get decent regrowth in 2 to 4 weeks.Divide the rhizomes about every two to 3 years.
GROW TIP: Day lilies add both beautiful green foliage as well as frequent blooms to your garden.They make excellent borders around your flower beds. They are a favorite plant for deer!
Dianthus
Dianthus
This traditional garden flower produces blooms that attract pollinators and come in nearly every color except blue. Has small clusters of flowers with zig-zag edges. Used as cut flowers in bouquets. Can be mildly toxic to skin and pets.

VIGOR: Very Hardy

COMMON NAME: Dianthus, Carnation, Pink and Sweet William

BOTANICAL NAME: Dianthus

ZONE: 3-8

LIGHT: 6 hours of sun, can tolerate partial shade.

FEED: Composting the base and adding a phosphate-rich organic tomato feed promotes flowering.

BLOOM TIME: Spring to Mid-Summer, may intermittently bloom Late Summer and Fall.

HEIGHT: 4-18"

WATER: Water weekly, can tolerate small periods of drought.

HABIT: They prefer alkaline, well drained soil.

TEMPS: 60-80 degrees, cover if temps are below 40.
MAINTENANCE: Cut back to encourage new growth and blooms.
GROW TIP: Growing in mounds, the Dianthus is a great addition to rock gardens. They are easily grown for cut flowers  by cutting them as they open to enjoy the full bloom.
Heuchera Coral Bells
Heuchera Coral Bells
The roots are also used as medicine to shrink tissues in those with nose bleeds, sore throats, ulcers, and piles. It is a semi-evergreen perennial that comes in a wide range of colors and sizes.

VIGOR: Vigorous, drought tolerant

COMMON NAME: Coral Bells, Alum Root

BOTANICAL NAME: Heuchera

ZONE: 4-9

LIGHT: 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight. Partial sun but may do well in full sun in colder locations.

FEED: Low fertilizer needs. Use a slow-release granule or a lighter/half diluted liquid mix.

BLOOM TIME: Early to Mid-Summer.

HEIGHT: 6-16" with flower spikes growing 1-3'

WATER: Once to twice per week. If in full sun, water a little more often.

HABIT: Mounding

TEMPS: 40-70 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Prune back any brown/dried parts of the plants.
GROW TIP: While they look wonderful in containers, heuchera looks even better as a border flower for gardens.
Hydrangea

Hydrangea Endless Summer

Hydrangea Endless Summer

Large plant that can grow into a bush and features large bloom clusters in pinks, purples, and blues.

VIGOR: More vigorous than most and is frost hardy.

COMMON NAME: Hydrangea

BOTANICAL NAME: Hydrangea macrophylla

ZONE: 4-8

LIGHT: Full sun to partial shade, best in partial shade.

FEED: One to two times during the Spring and Summer with slow-release hydrangea-specific feed.

BLOOM TIME: Late Spring to Late Summer to Fall

HEIGHT: 3-4'

WATER: Once per week and twice in hotter conditions.

HABIT: Mounding bush that slowly becomes a larger mound with branching growth.

TEMPS: 30-80 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Low needs, just prune any dying or broken branches.
GROW TIP: Customize your hydrangea blooms by adjusting the pH of the soil. This can cause the blooms to change colors as they grow on the branches! Be sure to mulch your hydrangea plants well before the first big frost to protect the roots.

Hydrangea Tilt-A-Swirl

Hydrangea Tilt-A-Swirl
Large plant that can grow into a bush and features large bloom clusters in green, red, oranges and pink. Blooms can switch colors with the seasons!

VIGOR: Vigorous, frost tolerant

COMMON NAME: Hydrangea

BOTANICAL NAME: Hydrangea macrophylla

ZONE: 4-9

LIGHT: Full sun to partial shade, best in partial shade.

FEED: One to two times during the Spring and Summer with slow-release hydrangea-specific feed.

BLOOM TIME: Summer to Fall

HEIGHT: 3-4'

WATER: Once per week and twice in hotter conditions.

HABIT: Mounding bush that slowly becomes a larger mound with branching growth.

TEMPS: 30-80 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Low needs, just prune any dying or broken branches.
GROW TIP: Great in half-sun areas, they add a beautiful pop of color against any home! Change the pH of the soil to change the colors of the blooms from green to pink, red or orange.
Lantana
Lantana

An easy plant to care for that is drought tolerant and blooms continuously.

VIGOR: Very hardy

COMMON NAME: Lantana

BOTANICAL NAME: Verbenaceae

ZONE: 9-11

LIGHT: Full sun for 6-8 hours per day

FEED: Established plants do not need regular feeding. A spring application is sufficient.

BLOOM: Flower clusters 1-2" across and are solid or multicolored with some changing as they age. Colors include yellow, orange, red, purple, white, coral, and peach. Some may produce small berries after blooming.

BLOOM TIME: May to October

HEIGHT: 2-6'

SPREAD: 3-10'

WATER: Once established, these hardy, drought tolerant plants should be watered weekly and twice per week in containers.

HABIT: Drought tolerant shrub, deer resistant.

TEMPS: 55 degrees or higher
MAINTENANCE: Prune back 1/3 of the plant in Early Spring. Deadheading the plant will prevent berries.
GROW TIP: Lantana love the sun and the heat! Grow two different varieties in one hanging basket for a show stopping hanging basket for any outdoor space.
Lavender

English Lavender

English Lavender
English lavender was named because it grows well in England's cooler climate and has long been a staple in English herb gardens. The gray-green foliage and whorls of tiny flowers make this one of the most attractive lavenders in the garden. It’s one of the most cold-hardy varieties and the best for culinary use because of its low camphor content.

COMMON NAME: English Lavender

BOTANICAL NAME: Lavendula angustifolia

ZONE: 5-8

LIGHT: Full sun

FEED: No need to feed in season. Prep the plant in Spring by adding a good compost to the soil around the plant base.

BLOOM: Spikes of small flowers in lavender, deep blue-purple, light pink, and white.

BLOOM TIME: June to August

HEIGHT: 2-3'

WATER: Drought tolerant and do not over water.

HABIT: Well drained sandy soils.

VIGOR: Vigorous

TEMPS: Heat and drought tolerant
MAINTENANCE: Low maintenance. Harvest blooms about 1” into the foliage to encourage new blooms. 
GROW TIP: Lavender is great to add to your garden beds and can be a beautiful accent in a container.Reap the benefits of harvesting fresh lavender blooms to add to your home.

Spanish Lavender

English Lavender
This Lavender variety is prized for its unusual pineapple-shaped blooms with colorful bracts, or “bunny ears,” that emerge from each flower spike. Although the flowers are not especially fragrant, the light-green leaves are very aromatic.

COMMON NAME: Spanish Lavender

BOTANICAL NAME: Lavandula stoechas

ZONE: 8-11

LIGHT: Full sun

FEED: Add a good compost around the base in the spring before blooming.

BLOOM: Small purple spikes with flowers that resemble a pineapple with small  purple “bunny ears”.

BLOOM TIME: Varies, but typically Early Summer to Mid Fall.

HEIGHT: 18-24"

WATER: Deep soaking watering is preferred, but do not over water.

HABIT: To grow lavender successfully it needs well-drained soil and full sun. In arid climates, lavender grows well as a perennial, but in humid climates it is often grown as an annual.

VIGOR: Vigorous

TEMPS: Thrives in high heat and full sun.
MAINTENANCE: Once established, lavender is very low maintenance, but should be pruned annually. Plants that aren’t pruned have a tendency to get woody and sprawl, leaving a hole in the middle. 
GROW TIP: Lavender is a great addition to your garden, adding fragrance, color and the opportunity to harvest and dry your own fresh lavender.
Ornamental Grass
Ornamental Grass

Ornamental grasses add texture, beauty and variety to a garden.They change with the seasons.

COMMON NAME: Ornamental Grass

ZONE: 4-10

LIGHT: Full sun to partial shade

FEED: Most grasses need very little fertilizer.

BLOOM TIME: Mid-Summer to Late-Fall

HEIGHT: 12-48"

WATER: Well-drained soil

HABIT: Clumping or spreading grasses.

VIGOR: The flower heads of grasses are very showy.

TEMPS: Can tolerate various temps.
MAINTENANCE: Most grasses grow best with at least one inch per week of water.
GROW TIP: When planting, firm the soil around the plants to avoid air pockets.Be sure to plant where the roots and the surface of the soil meet. Try using ornamental grass as the thriller in your container gardens!
Ornamental Oregano
Ornamental Oregano
A low-growing herbaceous perennial with small rounded, aromatic leaves. With hop-like bracts, it produces small rose-pink flowers within the bract.

COMMON NAME: Ornamental Oregano

BOTANICAL NAME: Origanum Libanoticum

ZONE: 4-5

LIGHT: Full sun

FEED: For best results, work in a well-balanced fertilizer once per week when watering.

BLOOM TIME: Roughly a month from Mid to Late Summer.

HEIGHT: 5-8"

WATER: Regular watering is needed, but the soil only needs to remain moderately moist to slightly dry.

HABIT: Tends to mound as it spreads.

VIGOR: Highly vigorous, but will mound more that it spreads. It will also form colonies as it ages.

TEMPS: Thrives best in moderate temps, but can tolerate frost for short periods without foliage damage.
MAINTENANCE: Regular watering and fertilizing with occasional dead heading will help keep your plant healthy. If you plan on wintering, it can survive indoors for the winter.
GROW TIP: These are easy to care for. As long as it’s not overly watered, or allowed to dry out too much, they are very durable. They can survive low single digit temperatures for short periods, however if it is going to be consistently below freezing, wintering them is the best plan.

Herbs & Vegetables

Basil
Basil

VIGOR: Not very vigorous and will wilt and die with cold temps.

COMMON NAME: Basil

BOTANICAL NAME: Ocimum basilicum

ZONE: 9-11

LIGHT: Full sun

FEED: Use a light application of fertilizer once or twice a season.

BLOOM TIME: Thrives from Spring to Fall under correct conditions. Can bloom in Summer if kept consistently warm and the soil doesn't dry too much. It is recommended to pinch off flowering stems 1 inch below the flower to keep the plant from producing seeds and becoming bitter.

HEIGHT: 18-24"

WATER: Keep soil moist and water as needed.

HABIT: Bush-like with tall stalks.

TEMPS: 50 to 80 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Pinch leaves from the tips as soon as the plant has two sets of true leaves. This encourages basil to grow full and bushy.
GROW TIP: Try companion gardening with items like tomatoes, peppers, or marigolds!
READ: Why is Companion Gardening so Good?
Cilantro
Cilantro
A popular “parsley-look-alike” herb used in Asian, African and Mexican cuisine with a very strong distinctive taste. Grows in short bunches with many foliage shapes. Can produce small yellow “fruits” that contain two small seeds.

VIGOR: Light vigor and can wilt with frost.

COMMON NAME: Cilantro, Coriander, Chinese parsley

BOTANICAL NAME: Coriandrum sativum

ZONE: 2-11

LIGHT: Full sun to partial shade in southern zones.

FEED: Feed with an herb-specific formula one month after planting.

BLOOM TIME: Approximately 50 days after sowing, fruit will begin to or will have already formed with 2 seeds in each fruit. Use these to grow more cilantro!

HEIGHT: 1-2'

WATER: Water every 2 to 3 days. Press a finger one knuckle deep into the soil and water well if soil is dry.

HABIT: Mounding

TEMPS: 50 to 85 degrees
MAINTENANCETrim leaves under bunches once they’ve grown to full size. Do not cut down more than 1/3 of the plant at a time.
GROW TIP: Cilantro grows well in containers along with your garden, so it's an ideal indoor herb if kept in bright direct light windowsills. Keep out of reach of pets as it can cause stomach irritation.
Cucumber
Cucumber
A rapidly growing vine plant with sturdy stems, large leaves and beautiful blooms that open into a cucumber once matured.

VIGOR: Vigorous vines with hardy foliage.

COMMON NAME: Cucumber

BOTANICAL NAME: Cucumis sativus

ZONE: 4-12

LIGHT: Full sun

FEED: Use fertilizer with higher potassium and phosphorus levels 1 week after blooming and then every 3 weeks thereafter.

BLOOM TIME: Summer

HEIGHT: 1-3'

SPREAD: 1-2'

WATER: Medium water 1 to 2 times weekly.

HABIT: Spreading plant that produces vines and medium fruits.

TEMPS: 55 to 80 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Prune as needed through season as blooms and vines die off.
GROW TIP: Cucumbers need a lot of space to grow on top of the soil. Make sure to plan out your garden beforehand by giving 36” to 60” in between bed-grown cucumbers and at least 12” between trellised versions!
Dill
Dill
Dill is an easy to grow, self-seeding plant with feathery green leaves.It's used most commonly in soups, stews and for pickling.It's a host plant for the caterpillar of the Black Swallowtail Buttyfly!

VIGOR: A vigorous grower

COMMON NAME: Dill

BOTANICAL NAME: Anethum graveolens

ZONE: 2-9

LIGHT: Full sun

FEED: Use a light feeding of 5-10-5 fertilizer in Late Spring.

BLOOM: Dill heads with small yellow flowers. Letting the head go to seed, will repopulate the plants.

BLOOM TIME: Summer

HEIGHT: 2-4'

WATER: Water regularly to keep moist.

HABIT: Full sun with well drain soil and adequate water.

TEMPS: 60 to 75 degrees
GROW TIP: Replant every couple of weeks to ensure a continuous crop.Companion garden with cabbage or onions and keep away from carrots.
READ: Why is Companion Gardening so Good?
Kitchen Minis
Kitchen Minis
The Kitchen Minis collection consists of tomato and pepper varieties that consumers can grow inside or out. These are meant to be sold in small pots (4-8" depending on variety) that a consumer can grow on a sunny countertop, windowsill, or outside on a patio table or in a window box

VIGOR: Hardy

COMMON NAME: Kitchen Minis: Tomatoes & Peppers

ZONE: All: These are small potted plants intended to grow inside on a sunny windowsill or outside on a patio.

LIGHT: At least 6 hours of light

FEED: Use a complete fertilizer with twice as much phosphorus as nitrogen or potassium. An example would be 10-20-10 or 12-24-12.

BLOOM: Generally has some fruit on them when purchased.

BLOOM TIME: Continuous

HEIGHT: 8'

WATER: Keep moist

HABIT: Countertop, windowsill, patio, window box

TEMPS: Keep away from extreme heat and cold.
MAINTENANCE: Harvest as the fruits as they become ripe.
GROW TIP: No garden? No Problem. Add a selection of Kitchen Minis to your countertop or windowsill for fresh fruits right in your own kitchen!
Lettuce
Lettuce
Lettuce is a staple ingredient of any summer salad, and easy to grow at home. Homegrown lettuce is crisp, juicy and full of flavor.

COMMON NAME: Lettuce

BOTANICAL NAME: Lactuca sativa

ZONE: 2-11

LIGHT: Bright and sunny with limited shade.

FEED: Feed every 3 weeks with a balanced liquid feed.

HEIGHT: 12"

WATER: Keep moist

HABIT: Moist, well drained soil.

VIGOR: Vigorous

TEMPS: 60-65 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Keep soil moist. Dried soil may cause the lettuce to bolt.
GROW TIP: Growing a range of varieties and sowing at different times of year, you can have lettuces available nearly all year round.‘Cut-and-come-again’ lettuces are even easier to grow than hearting lettuce and can crop over several weeks.  Some varieties also have colorful, ornamental leaves, suitable for growing in flower borders.
Mint
Mint
All types of mint (including sweet mint, spearmint, peppermint, and chocolate mint) are fast-growing, spreading plants, so you must give them a place to spread or plant them in a pot. Plant Mint for its fragrance and for cooking.

COMMON NAME: Mint

BOTANICAL NAME: Mentha

ZONE: 3-8

LIGHT: Full sun to partial shade

FEEDFeed regularly with a water-soluble fertilizer.

BLOOM: Small spikes of tiny white flowers.

BLOOM TIME: June to September

HEIGHT: Varies, but generally 1-3'

WATER: Keep moist

HABIT: Thrives in cool moist locations, but will grow just about anywhere.

VIGOR: Vigorous and can easily overtake garden areas.

TEMPS: 65-70 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Cut back to prevent overgrowth. Harvest just before the plants bloom to get maximum flavors.
GROW TIP: Add to containers for both fragrance and for harvesting.If putting in gardens, watch for overgrowth and cut back as needed.
Oregano
Oregano
Oregano is a hardy perennial plant that is easy to grow in the home garden. Plant oregano in a sunny spot with well-drained soil. It is commonly added to many culinary recipes.

COMMON NAME: Oregano, True Oregano, Italian Oregano

BOTANICAL NAME: Origanum

ZONE: 4-10

LIGHT: Full sun to partial shade

FEED: None

BLOOM: Small pink, purple and white flowers.

BLOOM TIME: Summer

HEIGHT: 2'

WATER: Will tolerate dry to medium moisture in well-drained soil.

HABIT: Tolerant of well-drained, sandy soil, where other plants may not thrive.

VIGOR: Very hardy

TEMPS: 70-85 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Harvesting the leaves for culinary use will help keep the plant.
GROW TIP: Grow Oregano in your garden, container or window sill. Harvest as both fresh and dried herb for culinary recipes. 
Parsley
Parsley
Parsley is a very commonly grown herb, used mainly as a garnish and to make delicious parsley sauce. But it is also an excellent ingredient for flavoring savory dishes, making flavored butter and stuffing and is very rich in vitamin C.

COMMON NAME: Parsley

BOTANICAL NAME: Petroselinum crispu

ZONE: Grow as an annual

LIGHT: Sun or partial shade

FEED: Apply a general granular plant food over the soil around the plants and water in well. Add a liquid fertilizer in the Summer.

BLOOM: Parsley blooms are considered BOLTING and going to seed.This is not a preferred event.Pinch back when you see bloom heads starting.

BLOOM TIME: Summer

HEIGHT: 8"

WATER: Water regularly, keep moist.Dry soil can cause the plant to bolt.

HABIT: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil.

VIGOR: Very hardy

TEMPS: 65-79 degrees
MAINTENANCE: Parsley is a hardy biennial and can carry on into autumn to provide small pickings over winter. Pinch off blooms before they bolt.
GROW TIP: Having fresh parsley for your culinary use is a great reason to grow.Planting in your garden, containers or in a window sill will provide easy and quick access.

Shrubs

Gold Thread™ Spirea
Gold Thread Spirea

Spring bloomer with white flowers over chartreuse willow-like leaves.

VIGOR: Holds color all Summer and turns coral orange in the Fall.

COMMON NAME: Gold Thread Spirea

BOTANICAL NAME: Spirea Thunbergil

ZONE: 4

LIGHT: Sun to partial shade

FEED: Feed Early Spring and Early Fall with all-purpose fertilizer.

BLOOM TIME: Spring

HEIGHT: 3-4'

WATER: New plants require water frequently.

HABIT: Mounding, heat tolerant, drought tolerant.

TEMPS: Warm
MAINTENANCE: Low
GROW TIP: Water thoroughly and then mulch around the base to keep moisture andreduce weeds!
Hosta
Hosta

Perennial plant with lush foliage that prefers the shade most of the time.

COMMON NAME: Hosta

BOTANICAL NAME: Hosta spp.

ZONE: 3-9

LIGHT: Shade to partial shade

FEED: Fertilize each spring with an all-purpose garden fertilizer.

BLOOM TIME: Summer

HEIGHT: 6-48"

WATER: Needs good drainage

HABIT: Toxic to dogs, cats and horses. Protect plant from strong winds.

TEMPS: More of a shade plant.
MAINTENANCE: Plant in rich organic soil with acidic PH.
GROW TIP: The lighter the foliage, the brighter the sun the plant can take.   
Little Princess Spirea
Little Princess Spirea

A popular garden detail shrub with showy flat-topped clusters of bright pink flowers in early summer held above the foliage. Forms a dense and tight mound and very attractive in groupings.

COMMON NAME: Little Princess

BOTANICAL NAME: Spiraea japonica

ZONE: 4-9

LIGHT: Full sun

FEED: Fertilize before spring with a balanced slow-release 20-20-20 mix.

BLOOM TIME: Summer

HEIGHT: 2-4'

WATER: Water weekly or more often when in a container or during high temperatures.

HABIT: Compact, rounded

VIGOR: Vigorous, cold hardy and heat tolerant once established. Can be disease and deer resistant.

TEMPS: -30-80 degrees.
MAINTENANCE: Low. Once winter arrives, trim the whole plant down to 4” to 5”.
GROW TIP: This is a wonderful shrub to place in groups to decorate walkways or patios!

Lovely Local Colorado!

InColor plants are grown right here in Colorado!

GROWN RIGHT HERE!

InColor plants are grown right here in Colorado with the success of the Colorado gardener in mind. 


Selecting plants that tolerate our soil and climate is the key for successful Colorado gardening.


When selecting perennials, look for varieties that are in planting zone 4 to 6, or find out your exact Planting Zone. Some of our favorite perennials for Colorado include lavender, columbine, echinacea, sedum, heuchera. Check out our blog 5 best perennials to grow in Colorado.


Annual flowers are easy to grow in Colorado during the Spring and Summer time. Some of our favorites and easy to grow annuals are marigolds, petunias, geraniums, salvia, and snapdragons. Check out our blog 8 easiest annuals to grow in Colorado.

RETAIL FINDER
Colorado Pest Control

COLORADO PEST CONTROL

Pest control is an important aspect to consider for maintaining healthy plants. It starts with the pest control measures utilized in our greenhouses.

InColor does not use neonicotinoid insecticides, which are highly controversial in their role of being toxic to insects, birds, and other organisms. InColor does practice pest control by utilizing biological control solutions, also known as beneficial insects that may provide long-term sustainable pest control solution by preying on the damaging pests.


Once your InColor plants are planted into your outdoor space, you must always be prepared to manage pests .


For more information, visit CSU Extension Plant Talk.

READ: 6 Common Pests in Colorado

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