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Punch up your Garden with Blackberry Punch

by Susan Littlefield

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Looking to add some drama to your container plantings and hanging baskets this summer? Add excitement with the smoldering colors of Superbells® Blackberry Punch calibrachoa from Proven Winners. Rich, velvety, purple-black centers play off the deep reddish purple of the petals in one of the most stunning floral color combinations you'll find. With its compact, 6-10 inch tall, trailing habit, it's a perfect "spiller" to cascade from a basket or contrast with more upright plants.

Looking like small petunias, to which they are related, calibrachoas are not sticky like their cousins and are self-cleaning, continuing to flower and look good without deadheading. Another name for these plants is million bells, an apt moniker given their profuse flowering.

Like all calibrachoas, Blackberry Punch is an easy-care addition to any container. Give it full sun and regular fertilization and you'll be rewarded with blossoms all summer long. The most important thing to keep in mind is that calibrachoa doesn't like continually damp soil. Let the top inch or so of soil dry out before you rewater.

Blackberry Punch stays compact, but if it begins to get a little straggly later in the season, simply trim it back for a renewed round of flowering. And don't be surprised if you see a hummingbird stopping to sip at one of the beautiful blooms!

To find out more about Superbells® Blackberry Punch, go: Proven Winners.


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