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So, why choose at all? Buy a packet of ‘Splash Select Mix’ seeds from a mail-order source (or locally, if you can find it) and sow them indoors, in a warm, bright place, in early to mid spring. When the seedlings appear, you’ll be able to tell their colors almost right away. Pot them up individually once they’re 1 to 2 inches tall, and you’ll have plenty of each color to play with in your pots and in your garden once all danger of frost has passed. indd 30 9/23/15 12:34 PM M I D T O L AT E S U M M E R FA LL By midsummer, the ‘Freida Hemple’ caladium and This red grouping should stay beautiful into early ‘Splash Select Red’ polka-dot plant are loaded fall, at least.
The ‘Freida Hemple’ caladium will with showy red-and-green 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.
It’s not unusual to have a bloom or two ‘ColorBlaze Sedona’ coleus can take on a range of (or a few) on the MINIFAMOUS ORANGE calibrachoa sunset shades, from orange to rich copper to nearly and ‘Profusion Deep Apricot’ zinnia, too, at planting brick red, depending on the temperature and the time. amount of sunlight it gets. ‘Toffee Twist’ sedge Hold off on planting until nighttime temperatures are consistently at least 55°F/13°C. (Most of tends to have an overall coppery cast through this time, while it’s still putting on lots of new growth.