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Flowers tested by K-State for the prairie climate
Garden "floor coverings" with spectacular color
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By Dr. Stevens
Dr. Stevens has been at Kansas State University for over 20 years researching flowers. He serves as the State Extension Specialist in Floriculture and is director of the Horticulture Research Center in Olathe, KS Robin R. Dremsa is a Research ...
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Dr. Stevens has been at Kansas State University for over 20 years researching flowers. He serves as the State Extension Specialist in Floriculture and is director of the Horticulture Research Center in Olathe, KS Robin R. Dremsa is a Research Associate who manages the flower trials. She's been at the K-State Hort. Research & Extension Center since 2007.
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If you're looking to add some low-growing plants to your landscape, consider using some annual flowers to provide a splash of bright color. Just as we vary flower and foliage size and texture to provide interest in a flower bed design, we should also consider plant height or relative lack of height.  

We've all heard the saying "can't see the forest for the trees."  The tall trees and understory brush are simply too dense a growth for our vision to penetrate.  A clearing in the forest makes for a more beautiful view.  It is the same in a landscape or in a flower bed.  Quality design includes void, empty space, a clearing so we may see all there is to see and enjoy.  A void in the landscape needs a floor covering, for dirt can be considered ugly and may erode away.  Turf is an excellent floor covering for large areas of void.  Low growing annual flowers can provide the pizazz, the color contrast, the attention grabbing burst of color for smaller areas or areas within a flower bed of taller plants.

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The Vinca (Catharanthus) 'Mediterranean' series is a low-growing creeping variety that covers an area with bright blooms.
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Mecardonia 'Gold Dust' and Petunia 'Supertunia Indigo Charm' mixed together make a striking garden floor covering.
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Evolvulus 'Blue My Mind' loves the heat!
The petunia 'Supertunia Charm' colors are more compact than the other 'Supertunias' and offer a LOT of color for a small plant.

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Petunia 'Supertunia Sangria Charm'
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Petunia 'Supertunia Watermelon Charm'

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