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Credit: courtesy Proven Winners

With large light-purple flowers and a compact growth habit, the daisy-like Osteospermum hybrid ‘Soprano Light Purple’ from Proven Winners makes a pleasant addition to any combination.

It requires a sunny spot with fertile, well-drained soil. To keep plants blooming through fall, fertilize every two weeks and deadhead regularly. With a mature height of 15 to 25 cm (6 to 10 in.), osteospermums may be used as a cut flower or in window boxes, pots and rock gardens. While osteospermums are an annual anywhere colder than zone 9, cuttings may be taken in early autumn and over-wintered in a frost-free greenhouse. Always choose non-flowering shoots.