What’s not to love about annuals? They provide quick, nonstop color for your lawn, garden, or patio– and come in nearly every color, shape, and size. A few all-time favorites are marigolds, pansies, petunias, vincas and zinnias.
Annual plants, just like their name implies, need to be re-planted every year. The nice thing about their short lifespan is that it gives you the opportunity to try something new in the garden, without a lot of fuss. They’re dependable in their bright color for months with only occasional attention.
Use annuals to fill the gaps in between your perennial bloom cycles. If you’re looking to spruce up your curb appeal, plant annuals by your porch or front door. Brighten up path entrances with groups of different kinds of blooms, or draw attention to a special place in your garden– and of course a classic way to add color where you want it, is by planting in containers and hanging baskets.
Here are a few tips about planting annuals:
- Loosen the roots with your fingers
- Plant annuals in well-drained soil.
- Avoid planting when the ground is wet.
- Mix fertilizer into the soil, or if you’re planting in containers, use a potting mix with fertilizer.
- Surround new plants with a light layer of mulch.
- Water every few days until roots become established–within a few weeks. Then continue on an as-needed basis.
- If necessary, give them a thorough trim in mid summer.
We hope this helps!