Time for spring annuals

Spring has officially sprung! It's time to say goodbye to those winter pansies, and hello to spring annuals! Here are some quick tips to help your garden and patio show off the start of the season with bright, colorful annuals.

What is an Annual? An annual is a plant that needs to be planted each year and is usually very colorful

How to Choose the Right Annual 

  • Determine how much sun the plant will receive 
    • Full Sun: Location receives 6-8 hours of full sun each day. 
    • Partial Sun/Shade: 3-6 hours of sun a day, usually in the late morning to the early afternoon. 
    • Shade: Area receives less than 3 hours of sun and is shady for most of the day.

Sun Annuals

  • Lantana: Comes in many different colors. Thrives in the hot, summer sun and needs little water once established 
  • Marigolds: Comes in orange, yellow or a combo of colors. Very hardy! 
  • Verbena: Trailing plant that is very easy to grow. Plant in containers and window boxes 
  • Geraniums: Classic plant (NEW Calliope Geraniums is a cross between a zonal and ivy geranium) 
  • Potato Vine: Fast-growing vine that comes in a deep red or lime green.

Partial Sun/Shade Annuals: 

  • Petunias: Come in just about every color. Black Velvet; The first black petunia available! 
  • Caladiums/Elephant's Ear: Great foliage plant. Comes in green and white, pink or red. 
  • Calibrachoa: Often confused with petunias since the flower looks similar. Grows very fast and looks great in pots, hanging baskets and window boxes since it will spill out of the container. 
  • Boston Ferns: Classic in the South. Huge plant - great for hanging baskets!

Shade Annuals: 

  • Begonias: Glossy foliage can be green or a deep red with white, pink or red flowers. 
  • Impatiens: Come in several colors. It you want a larger flower, then choose a double impatiens. 
  • Coleus: Some varieties of coleus do really well in the shade. Coleus is a foliage plant that comes in fun colors like red or lime green.

How to Plant Annuals 

  • Like all plants, good soil is a must! 
    • Pots, Hanging Baskets & Containers: Use Pike Potting and Container Soil 
    • Landscape: Mix Pike Planting Compost into our heavy, clay soil. It will loosen the soil so the plant can get nutrients and water 
    • Add E. B Stone Sure Start to reduce transplant shock, and to insure vigorous root growth. 

Watering & Fertilizing

  • Most annuals need to be watered regularly. 
    • This is typical 2 to 3 times a week if the weather is mild and we get occasional rain 
    • In the heat of summer, you may need to water 4-5 times a week 
    • For effective watering, try to water between 6-10am 
    • Annuals will give you more blooms and be healthier with regular feeding 
    • Feed with a good all-purpose fertilizer like EB Stone Rose and Flower Food 

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