Sunny Spot Annuals

Everlast White + Eye Dianthus
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Pansies are the ultimate spring flower. They’re lively, colorful, resistant to the cold and grow quickly. If you’re looking for pansies that will flower from early spring through the summer, now is the ideal time to plant! If you’ve never grown these beloved flowers before, there’s no need to be intimidated. Pansies are one of the easiest flowers to take care of. They’re resistant to cold weather and disease, so you can expect them to stay healthy without any worry. They’ll need direct sunlight to grow, so be sure to pick a spot where they’ll received plenty of light each day. Pansies bloom considerably more consistently if you remove any deadheads as they appear.

Osteospermum, or African Daisies, are gorgeous annuals that have become a seasonal staple in the northeast. They come in orange, pink, red, white and purple, and grow between two and five feet tall. African daisies are easy to grow as well! Although they do like extra fertilizer, African daises can even grow well in poor soil. You’ll get blooms from the African daisies during mid-summer, so plan the rest of your garden accordingly!

Dianthus are among the most well-known sunny spot annual, known for their early season beauty. They bloom in white, red, pink and purple, creating a strong contrast with nearby green foliage. Usually Dianthus will grow between six and 18 inches tall, so keep that in mind if you’re planning on using them in conjunction with other flowers. When planting Dianthus, make sure they’ll receive at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. Alkaline soil is preferred, and make sure you water them at the base to prevent powdery-mildew. Give Dianthus space to grow by planting each flower one foot apart from each other.

Snapdragons provide cool seasonal color and serve as an excellent middle-sized plant in flower beds. Still, you can find snapdragon variants that are significantly taller or shorter than the normal variants. Even better, you can plant snapdragons while the threat of frost still looms because they’re very cold resistant! Plant snapdragons in well draining soil and plant a few clippings around it to ensure it fills out. When watering, make sure not to get the crown wet to avoid health problems.

These are just some of our popular sunny spot annuals. You can find plenty more using our Plant Finder tool!

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'Everlast Orchid' Dianthus