Add Seasonal Color with Annuals!
What are annuals?
Annuals are flowering plants that only live for one grow cycle in their environment. Unlike perennials, they wont bounce back next season. While that may sound like a disadvantage, annuals’ shorter lifespan actually makes them more versatile than their perennial brethren. Popular annuals include geraniums, snapdragons, coleus and marigolds.
Where can they be grown?
Annuals can be grown anywhere. There are some annuals that prefer full sunlight, others prefer shade. Some want well-draining soil while others do not. It all depends on the flower you buy. Pansies, for example, enjoy colder conditions but want to be in the sunlight. Impatiens, meanwhile, prefer partial shade.
Why plant an Annual?
With annuals, it’s all about versatility. You can change the colors or texture of your garden each year by choosing different annuals. With perennials, you’re buying with the intention of letting the flowers bloom again each year. Annuals don’t require that long-term planning. They look great, give you the color you’re looking to add, and then disappear to let you decide whether you’d like to change things up or not. In the meantime, annuals will give you color all summer long.
Care for annuals is fairly consistent across each flower. You don’t need to worry about preparing them for the next season, so maintenance is much more focused on the day-to-day stuff. Make sure your annuals get enough water each day. It’s also wise to apply weed preventer, deadhead plants, and feed them with fertilizer to maintain strong and healthy growth.