How to Grow Annual Flowers

May 27, 2014 – 12:28 pm

WindowboxUntil a few years ago, if you wanted to grow annual flowers, your choices were limited to geraniums, impatiens, marigolds and red salvia. But today, most greenhouses offer an eyecatching array of choices. Whether you're planting a windowbox, lining your sidewalk, or spicing up your perennial garden, here's how to make the most of what's available.

Strictly speaking, an annual plant is one that completes its growing cycle (grows from seed, flowers and produces seed) in the course of a single growing season. In other words, annuals pack a lot of living into a short span of time.

But beyond this simple definition, there is an even wider range of plants that we treat as annuals. Some, such as impatiens, heliotrope and tuberous begonias, are actually tender or "half-hardy" perennials that can't survive even a light frost.Purple petunias ithstand freezing temperatures quite well.

One of the best things about annuals is their incredible diversity and versatility. Using them allows you to compose really exciting combinations of color, form and texture that will last all season long. Colors range from bright midsummer favorites such as zinnias and Mexican sunflowers, to the subtler pastel shades of stock or lavatera.

You can also select annuals for your garden based on characteristics other than flower color. There are annuals that are tall, medium, short or climbing; ones that prefer either full sun or partial shade; and those with special virtues, such as delightful fragrance (stock, mignonette, nicotiana) or attractive foliage (caladium, coleus, dusty miller).

Perennials Grown as Annuals

A tender perennial is one that won't survive the winter in your climate. Many gardeners simply treat these plants as annuals, enjoying them for one season and letting them die in the fall. Other people move plants inside at the onset of cold weather: treating them as houseplants over the winter; taking cuttings and starting new plants; or simply digging up and storing part of the plant (usually the roots or bulblike structures) indoors for replanting the following year.


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Well sure. Florida. When I lived in Florida,

My yard always looked just right. It never looked a tangled, unplanned mess. Nature took care of all that. Okay, so I helped a little.
But you are kind.
'Colorpots' from Walmart, purchased at the end of the season, two years ago. Grown by a Florida nursery. Impatiens, geraniums, begonias, and other lovely flowers.
Survived the highs and lows of hurricane seasons, and the move north.
Placed in the unheated back room, with the door open. One night of severe cold, when the door was shut, all froze. Thought gone.
In the spring, the pots were placed outdoors, and nothing appeared to be recovering

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