Spiky plants are always in demand in garden and container plantings for the vertical accent they provide to the rounded form of so many other flowers. A long-blooming annual with a compact, upright habit is especially welcome for summer-long color. The new Archangel series of angelonia (Angelonia angustifolia) fills the bill perfectly.
Available in purple (pictured), white, pink, and raspberry cultivars, Archangel angelonia, also called summer snapdragon, grows 12-14 inches tall and 10-12 inches wide. The Archangel cultivars are stockier and more vigorous than other varieties, and their flowers, which look like miniature orchids, are the largest of any angelonia.
Plants do best in moist, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of heat, high humidity, and drought, they provide masses of low-maintenance color until frost. Fertilize angelonia monthly to keep it growing strong.
To read more about the Archangel angelonia series, go to: National Garden Bureau.
Article published on June 26, 2012.