can be described as those flowers that only grown one
season in northern climates since most of these
flower varieties cannot survive frosts or freezing temperatures.
Some varieties are more fragile to cold than others. It's difficult to beat the all-summer color
most annuals provide, whether they're planted on the edge of a
landscaped bed, displayed in a
hanging basket or planted in an ornamental clay pot.
United States where there have traditionally been about 120 days of
summer weather without frost,
annuals are safely planted after Memorial Day (end of May) and tend
to do well throughout the summer months and much of September.
Some of the top annual flower favorites are impatiens, marigolds,
geraniums and salvia. Consideration should first be given to the
micro-climate (amount of sun, wind and water) but careful
consideration must also be given to "4-legged friends" in the garden
such as rabbits and deer. For example,
deer might leave geraniums alone while they will readily destroy a
bed of impatiens.
Prized for their flower and foliage. Begonias are versatile and will
perform well in anything from full sun to shady areas. Ruby begonias
are known for their bright pink flowers sharply contrasted by dark
These long time favorites have benefited from the ongoing work of
flower breeders, with a wide range of colors available to the avid flower
gardener. Geraniums are on the least favorite food list of deer and
will tolerate light frost. Grow them in full sun. Remove spent
flower heads for better appearance and bloom. Ivy geraniums are
excellent in hanging baskets, one of perennial favorites!
The bright cheerfulness and sturdiness of marigolds make them an
all-time favorite in flower gardens. Remove spent flower heads and
plant in full sun. Some gardeners plant them around the perimeter of
their vegetable garden to deter rodents and pests.
With the Wave™ variety of petunias, plant breeders brought new life
to another all-time favorite. Petunias are known for their hardiness
and season-long color. Best grown in full sun with room to spread or
Pink Wave™ petunias make an excellent hanging basket