Answer: Ipomoea quamoclit (Cardinal Climber) is a summer annual that grows to 20 feet and produces scarlet colored flowers that flare at the mouth into five-pointed stars. It's a spectacular plant in bloom, and grows quickly when seeds are planted in rich, well-draining soil, in full sunshine. The plants will self-sow, and new little plants will grow the following spring. You may want to purchase new seeds for next year if your plant doesn't flower; if it does, the seeds should fall on the ground and sprout on their own next spring. To encourage flowering, make sure you plant in full sunshine and water infrequently. (Too much water results in luxuriant top growth, at the expense of flowers.)
Crystal Palace Lobelia is a shade loving plant. It grows to 5-6 inches and is a compact, bushy plant, covered with attractive deep blue flowers. It is excellent for bordering containers, flower beds and for use in rock gardens.
Snow in Summer plants get their common name from their blooming habit. They bloom profusely in the early summer, and the flowers are a pristine white with little notches cut into them. But their name doesn't tell the whole story. Cerastium tomentosum is as admired for its delicate, wooly, silvery foliage as for its flowers. Height 6"-12", width 12"-18". Spreads quickly by reseeding itself and producing runners. They are usually perennials and they grow best in full sunshine. If your plants die off in the winter, the seeds they leave behind will grow for you next spring.
Enjoy your beautiful garden!
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