Annual flowers are those that survive in the garden for only one season. The annual flowers need to be planted every year. You can do it by yourself or with a specialist's help. Some types of flowers are to be self-propagated. Think about planting flowers in your garden, even though it may seem like a lot of work. If you don't like the scene of your garden, you may choose another way to plant the flowers for next year.
How to Choose Appropriate and Best Annual Flowers:
Recommendations from Experts
1. The way you choose annual flowers to plant in your garden definitely depends on many important factors:
- Yard conditions
- Soil quality
- Your experience as a gardener
- Your hopes for the garden
Not every flower is able to grow in universal climate. Different zones with their average annual minimal temperatures are considered here. While choosing annual flowers that will be planted in your yard, remember of their capability to survive in your climate zone. This information may be observed on the seed package , on the website where you buy your seeds, or a shop salesperson.
The fact that your favorite flower can grow in your climate zone does not mean that it will grow in your yard. Such things are to be determined:
- when and how the sun may get into your yard
- what sort of soil your yard has
- how well-drained the soil is
Make a little research to find out whether specific types of annuals will grow in your yard.
2. The flowers must suit your personality.
Think of the time you plan to take care of future annual flowers. The annuals in your garden are either complicated or simple to take care of. You should select your flowers on the basis of your own personal gardening style.
For example, if you know nothing about gardening but want the very possible species, you will never fail having bought some seeds of Marigold. You may start them inside your house and then transplant them when spring comes. At the end of the season, you get ripe seeds of Marigold that could be planted next year.
But if you prefer more extreme gardening, you may get your own wildflower patch after sowing it yourself. Most wildflowers are annual, and they will self-propagate with right treatment. Clear out the space in your garden, mix the soil, sand and drill holes on the top, fill a jar with mixed wildflower seeds and sprinkle your seeds all over your patch like salt. When spring comes you will have a pretty wildflower patch.
How to Grow Annual Flowers
If you ever wanted to grow some annual flowers, all you had at your disposal were Marigolds, Red Salvia, Geraniums or Impatiens. However, you have a good choice now. Greenhouses just make you dizzy offering various eye-catching selections.
How to Make the Most of Your Annual Garden
First, you should know that any growing process of both plants and flowers consists of three stages in a single season: growing from a seed, flowers and producing seeds.
Second, consider temperature. A wider range of plants and flowers are treated as annuals: Impatiens, Heliotrope, Tuberous Begonias, for example, aren't able to stand even a light frost. However, other annuals (Pansies or Ornamental Cabbage) can survive in cold and frosty temperature.
Also, one of the best things about annuals is their incredible versatility and variety. They give you a great opportunity for composing vivid color, form and texture combinations lasting all season long.
Try to choose annual flowers for your garden considering the following characteristics:
tall, medium, short or even climbing;
annuals that prefer either full sun or partial shade;
peculiarities like delightful fragrance (mignonette/stock/nicotiana) or attractive foliage (caladium/coleus/dusty miller).
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