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Alyssum is a genus of over 150 tufted or matted annual and perennials native to central Europe, N. Africa and central Asia. Alyssum likes well-drained, moderately fertile, gritty soils, full sun or part shade. It does have a tendency to get leggy and that is easily solved by a trim to maintain compactness. Mildew, clubroot, root and stem rot may be problems, as can aphids.

 

Antirrhinum commonly called snapdragons is a genus of over 40 species of annuals and sometimes perennials native to rocky sites in Europe, the U.S. and North Africa. Propagation is from seeds they require full sun, fertile, well drained soil. Molds, fungus, rots and rust are common.

 

Brugmansia, commonly called angles' trumpet is a member of the datura species. Highly toxic if ingested this plant is native to the southern U.S. and South America where it is grown as an evergreen shrub or tree. Cultivated for the exquisite flowers that are easily six to ten inches long and usually scented. Hardy from zones 6 - 10 it will not withstand temperature below 45 degrees. Propagation is from seeds or semi-ripe root cuttings. Prone to spider mites, whitefly and mealy bugs. It likes moist, fertile soil and plenty of fertilizer during the growing season.

 

Celosia commonly called cockscomb is a genus of about 60 species of annuals and perennials naturally found in tropical Asia, Africa and the America's. They like moist but well-drained soil, full sun. Prone to rots and fungal diseases, spider mites, whitefly and aphids.

 

Cleome is a genus of 150 species of robust annual and shrubs found in subtropical and tropical zones worldwide. Sow seed in fertile preferably sandy well-drained soil full sun do not cover the seeds. Prone to mites, aphids and mildews.

 

Consolida is better known by the common name of larkspur and the genus contains about 40 species. Found naturally in fallow fields and on steppes and stony slopes in S.E. Europe and the W. Mediterranean region. Sow seeds in light, fertile, well-drained soil, full sun.

 

Crambe commonly called kale is a genus of about 20 species of imposing, woody annuals and perennials found on rocky mountain slopes, sand dunes and open grassland in Turkey, C. Asia and tropical Africa. Grow in full sun, deep fertile soil. May be prone to soil-borne black rot and clubfoot.

 

Helianthus better known as sunflowers is a genus numbering around 80 species of annuals and perennials occurring in dry woodland areas, prairies and swampy habitats in the Americas, Peru and Chile. Sunflowers like moderately fertile, moist but well drained soil, full sun. They thrive on a long hot summer, once established they tolerate dry conditions well. Mildews, canker, rust are common as are caterpillars, cutworm and weevils.

 

Impatiens is a genus of over 850 species of annual and evergreen perennials found naturally in the damp habitats or woodland areas throughout the world except Australia, New Zealand and South America. Impatiens like humus-rich, moist but well drained soil, part shade. Basically disease and pest free.

 

Ipomoea is often called morning glories, sweet potato vine and moonflower. This is a genus that contains over 500 species of annuals and perennials that trail or climb, a few are shrubs and trees and they are found naturally worldwide. Ipomoea can grow in a variety of conditions but generally a sunny, sheltered site, moderately fertile soil. The seeds are highly toxic if ingested. Prone to blister, rust, stem rot, blight, and fungal leaf spot.

 

Limonium commonly called statice or sea lavender is a genus and contains about 150 species of annuals and perennials found naturally on coasts, salt marshes and deserts worldwide. Limonium prefers sandy, well drained soil full sun and this genus is easily grown from seed in the early spring. May be prone to rust, leaf and flower spots, mold, blight and crown rot are common problems to this genus

 

Pelargonium better known as geranium is a genus of about 230 species of succulent, shrub and sub shrubs native to South Africa. Geraniums are generally hardy provided with light and dormant conditions inside over-winter. Propagation is with softwood cuttings in a glass of water or directly into the soil with rooting hormone. Heavy feeders during the summer they are prone to thrips, mites, mealy bus and mold and mildews. Deadhead regularly.

 

Tagetes commonly call marigold is a genus of about 50 species of strongly scented annuals and perennials. Found naturally on hot, dry slopes and valley bottoms from New Mexico to Argentina. There are three basic types erecta, patula, and tenuifolia, from which all cultivars are derived. They are not picky, moderate soil, full sun. Deadhead to prolong blooms. Wet weather may incur rot situations otherwise mites, whiteflies and powdery mildew become problems.

 

Zinnia is a genus of 20 species of annuals and perennials native to Mexico's desert grassland. Cultivated for their solitary, long stemmed, daisy-like flowers that come in a variety of bright colors. Zinnias like fertile, rich, well-drained soil, full sun. Propagation is in the spring when temps are above 50 degrees. Sow in succession for a longer display.  May be prone to bacterial and fungal spots, powdery mildew, and Southern blight, also a favorite of caterpillars, mealy bugs and spider mites.

 

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