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Crazy Colour

f bold, bright and beautiful is what you are after, plant this month’s (commonly known as cock’s comb). Available in a colour feast of red, orange, yellow, hot pink, rose, mahogany and magenta, celosias are exceptionally hardy little plants. Not only are they very wind tolerant, making them a particularly good choice for gardens exposed to strong winds as well as coastal gardens, but they also prefer to grow slightly drier rather than wetter. Try not to plant them with other annuals or plants that require regular watering, especially if you’re using an automated sprinkler system. The blooming time of normally lasts eight weeks, and is undaunted by our unrelenting sun, but will go on for even longer with deadheading.

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