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February 26, 2014

Angelonia ‘Serenita’ Pink F1

This elegant, yet tough, plant brings long-lasting color with little maintenance. This variety is intended for mixed combos on the patio or to create a soothing sea of soft color in the landscape. The plants are heat-tolerant and deer- and rabbit-resistant. Angelonia ‘Serenita’ grows 12-14 inches tall by 12-14 inches wide. It performs best in full to part-sun locations (roughly 4-6 hours of sun) with well-drained soil. The angelonia is tolerant to dry conditions.

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Penstemon ‘Arabesque’ Red F1

This new hybrid is distinguished by its large red and white bicolor bell-shaped flowers. They adorn these well-branched plants, which attract hummingbirds and butterflies all summer. ‘Arabesque’ may be planted in full sun, adding height to the middle of the flower bed or in containers. Spent flowers may be removed to encourage continuous flowering. This variety is best grown in zones 6-9.

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Ornamental Pepper ‘NuMex Easter’

NuMex Easter is a compact, well-branched, uniform-in-size plant that displays small clusters of four to six fruits on top of the plant, in a range from lavender to light yellow, and when fully mature a light orange. The colors of the fruit resemble the pastel colors of Easter eggs. The plants are popular year-round, beyond Easter. The ‘NuMex Easter’ is excellent in pots, on patios, or for outdoor use.

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Gaura ‘Sparkle White’

‘Sparkle White’ is distinguished by long slender stems sporting a large number of dainty white flowers tinged with a pink blush. It’s intended to be mass planted in sun-drenched landscape beds, in groupings with other perennials, or in larger containers. This season-long bloomer is heat-tolerant and has more of a flowering habit than other seed gauras. Commercial growers can utilize ‘Sparkle White’ as a first-year flowering perennial or as an annual, showing its wide range of uses.

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Petunia ‘African Sunset’ F1

‘African Sunset’ flowers sport “designer’ shades of orange. This petunia grows evenly and uniformly in the garden while producing a prolific number of blooms all season-long. Mounded spreading plants are 12 inches tall and spread up to 20 inches.

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Gaillardia ‘Celebration’

Gaillardia ‘Celebration’ has a single row of red petals carried on strong stems and its blooms are colorfast and long-lasting, with a compact mounding habit of 16 inches by 14 inches. This variety is drought-tolerant once established. The floriferous ‘Celebration’ is for containers, beds, and borders.

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