Annuals are some of the most common flowers that people plant to give long-lasting diversity, color, and beauty to their sidewalks and flower beds. They can be great to have for a season and let die, or they can also be brought inside and continue to flourish basically all year long (in the right conditions). If you’re going to a big box store, you may only find a few varieties of Annuals, but when you are dealing with a florist, you will find many different varieties that are beautiful and unique and will jazz up your garden.
You can plant Annuals in many different kinds of containers. You are not obligated to leave them in your flower bed for the foreseeable future! You can also plant them in window boxes, in planters, beside sidewalks, in hanging planters, and many other applications. Annuals are fairly versatile as long as they get enough light and are watered enough to keep them healthy and happy. In the winter, if you decide to, take your Annuals inside and treat them to a nice planter by a window with plenty of light that isn’t too cold.
Annuals are a very diversified and beautiful bunch, and they can be colorful and easy to use for design purposes. Don’t feel you need to stick with geraniums and marigolds, go wild with exotic and colorful Annuals which you won’t always find at the big box store. Some different types of unique Annuals could be verbena, petunias, dahlias, or cannas.
Annuals are unique for design purposes because they are so colorful, so easy to change, and lower to the ground so they can be used to fill in spaces. A common way to plant Annuals is along sidewalks or around light poles in the front or back yard. If you have a garden, you can try planting in designs with complementary colors. This gives a beautiful effect and can be changed year after year.
Annuals are a relatively easy flower to keep alive, but they do need care and attention to really thrive–especially in the summer months. Here are some tips to keep your Annuals healthy and happy.
Fertilize your Annuals throughout the summer to encourage vigorous growth and flowering, and once or twice a month should be sufficient for this purpose. Additionally, make sure that plants are watered prior to applying a liquid fertilizer to prevent burning.
As we get later in the season, pinch back leggy impatiens to encourage bushier growth later in the season. And as a reminder, keep an eye out for insect problems, the earlier you discover these little pests, the easier they are to treat. Always remember to remove spent flowers to encourage new blooms. Lastly, keep the garden clean by removing dead or diseased plants.
If you still have questions about how to most effectively care for your Annuals, it’s time to give Wittendale’s Florist a call! We are happy to discuss with you the different potting methods, how to care for your Annuals in the winter, and what all of the different Annuals are and how they can be used in design within your garden. Give us a call today for more information!