Information on Annual's9/1/2015

Carefree, fast growing, inexpensive, flowering plants of diverse colors, shapes and sizes, annuals bring a kaleidoscopic, ever changing variety to a garden.

When will my garden bloom?

Seedlings planted in the Spring flower through summer and Fall and die with Winter frost.

Will annuals grow in every nook and cranny?

Some annuals thrive in brilliant sun.  Others blossom in a spot catching only the first or last light of the day or sheltered under an airy bush.  Still others hide from the sun in full shade, nestled under a dense covering of a tree or at the base of a north wall.

How do they grow?

Annuals may form a carpet of color, present giant blooms on lofty stalks, display delicate blossoms covering a mass of airy green, exhibit vibrant flowers for cutting, or climb a tall wall to reach new heights.

Where will annuals grow?

All in a row or combined with perennials, annuals may border shrubs or fences with a sunburst of color. They can brighten a secluded garden corner or add a colorful background to a plain green lawn.  Annuals can turn an ordinary clay pot into a sedate floral display or form a circus of color in a basket.  Annuals cover the barren spots of a new garden or fill the empty spaces beneath and around leisurely growing shrubs or tiny saplings.     


Annuals should be planted as soon as possible when you bring them home.  If you must wait to plant them, place the trays or packs in a cool spot to keep them from drying out.  Water when you bring them home, whenever the soil seems dry and a short time before planting.  To remove the plant from the plastic pack, loosen soil by pushing the bottom of the pot up.  Carefully, remove the plant from the pot without pulling on the stem.  Small plastic packs can be cut apart.

Plant early in the day before the sun gets too hot or in the evening.  Dig flower beds six inches deep and loosen the soil. Mix soil with peat to lighten clay and sandy soils and/or top soil for a more porous soil and healthier plants.  Plant flowers as deep as in the container.  Fill in around the plant with soil mixture and tamp down well, leaving no air pockets.  Mulch with cedar chips or other garden covering to keep weeds down and to help keep soil moist.


Newly planted beds and containers should be watered right after planting and every few days in the morning or evening, then checked frequently to make sure they do not dry out.  Containers, baskets, window boxes and potted annuals dry out readily and should be checked and watered more frequently, but be sure pot drainage is adequate.


For large, fresh blooms use a good liquid or water soluble plant food every two weeks or so, following directions on the package.  Pinch back a few new shoots when growth begins and remove dead or faded flowers to encourage blooming.