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The peak of beauty during these cooler days. Blue finger pale blue foliage of blue finger completes the theme continues to add foliage color until freezing weather and adds a welcome bit of contrast to the intense returns. flower colors. Stop fertilizing by early fall, but continue water- Continue watering and fertilizing through ing as long as the plants are still looking good. (Clip the rest of the summer. Most of the plants neatly off any dead or damaged leaves, and any empty drop their dead flowers; keep those swept up, and flower spikes on the gentian sage, to maintain the remove any dead or damaged leaves.
The polka-dot likely be the first to start declining, followed by the plant also produces small, purplish pink flowers, polka-dot plant; the rest usually keep looking good but they’re mostly hidden and won’t detract from until frost, if you leave the container outdoors. coleus, Keep watering regularly if you want to enjoy which tends to stay solid red in sunny sites, will this container planting as long as possible. Once the often produce some greenish stippling and spots plants have gotten nipped by frost, pull them out in shade.
MINIFAMOUS MINIFAMOUS calibrachoa are producing lots calibrachoa, and perhaps a Regular watering is important for keeping the few purple-blue flowers on the ‘Illumination’ peri- plants growing happily, but it’s a good idea to let the winkle, around planting time. top inch or two of soil dry out in between, because COMPAC T SAFR AN All five of these plants tolerate a fair bit of cold, the calibrachoa can be prone to rot if the potting soil so you could get this container started as soon as stays constantly moist.