Tag Archives: annuals

Keeping Potted Mums Alive

pottedmum

Question: Each fall, I purchase pots of blooming mums to add to my fall garden. They are supposed to be hardy, but many fail to survive the winter. What should I do?

Growing Lantana as a Perennial

Most plants that we call “annuals” are actually tender perennials that can’t survive winters in colder climates. We treat them like annuals, cast them on the compost heap in the fall and buy new ones the following spring.

Zahara Double Fire zinnia

Scarlet-orange double blossoms of this zinna variety

Virtues: We love Zahara Double Fire zinnia for its spectacular scarlet-orange, double blooming flowers.The dense, bushy plant is a continuous bloomer from late spring until frost. 

Swan River daisy: Brachycome iberidifolia

Brachyscome iberidifolia

Virtues: We love Swan River daisy for its abundance of vibrant flowers and drought tolerance.This care-free, fast-growing  annual blooms during the summer months and works well as a border or filler for flowerbeds, hanging baskets and window boxes.The mildly-fragrant blooms also …

Annuals Aren’t Evil: Reasons to Grow Annual Flowers

petunias

Question: I’ve read some opinions on different blogs stating that annuals aren’t a great choice because the methods of producing them aren’t always ecologically friendly and because they take a lot of water and fertilizer to grow well. Your thoughts?

Growing Baby’s Breath

Baby's breath plant

I have a cutting garden that I use to make summer bouquets for my house and for friends. Sometimes it seems like they could use some filler—like the baby’s breath the florist uses. Can I grow baby’s breath?