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Ornamental Peppers Shipping Now

Ornamental Peppers
Ornamental Peppers put their own unique spin on designs for fall

Add some Ornamental Peppers to your September mix—they look good right now and as the weather cools down they’ll last until the frosts of late October. We mix versatile Peppers right in with flowering plants and greenery in window boxes and combinations. They are very showy in the garden, make head-turning designer centerpieces, and have a long shelf life at retail.

We find that these curious little fruits put a unique spin on a design, and they even dry well for October décor projects. When considering which Pepper to use we rely on three main criteria: fruit shape (missile vs. berry), fruit color (solid vs. mixed), and leaf type (green, black, or variegated). Here are some varieties that are looking good to go:


Setcreasea ‘Purple Heart’

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Bees have no problem zeroing in on the these tiny flowers

With thick leaves of dark purple and a tough hide that resists all sorts of abuse, Setcreasea ‘Purple Heart’ is usually planted as a groundcover. Few people know that it has a flower but it does, and this is what it looks like. Blooms emerge at the stem tips where the folds of the heavy-set leaves branch out. Flowers are small when compared to the surrounding leaves but the bees manage to find them while the plant is in bloom.

To achieve a deep rich purple, allow the Setcreasea to bask in full sun. If shade is involved the leaves take on a bronze tinge. ‘Purple Heart’ is great for very dry soil because the folded leaves guide the water in toward the stems, where it trickles down to the roots. As a result, the plant is appropriate for rockeries, gravel mulches, or other stony areas. It also does perfectly well in standard garden soil.

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Folded leaves guide water in toward the stems where it trickles down to the roots

Stems are long but they wander across the soil or trail over the sides of containers, so the plant doesn’t grow very high off the ground. At best it reaches about shin high with a complex network of criss-crossing leaves and stems that produce a look all its own. If you want long and rambling, let the plant grow out to its natural length; however, it is very friendly to pinching and shaping, which produces a cleaner edge and a bushier plant. ‘Purple Heart’ has only moderate needs for both water and fertilizer.


Fall Pansies Shipping Now

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Colorful Pansies are shipping now for fall displays and presentations

This is the first week that fall Pansies will be shipping this year. Be sure to get your order in now if you know what you need—they move quickly. We have a wide range of colors in solid, blotch, and mix varieties, including Delta, Matrix, Colossus, and Panola series. 

Our fall Pansies are shipping now in the 1801L tray, 804 deep flat, and the 6-inch pot.

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