Favorite Sun Annuals
There are so many fantastic annuals to choose from so we are presenting our favorites, the ones we think you'd enjoy in your garden!
We love all Abutilon because they are easy, add a tropical flavor to any container or garden and bloom summer to frost. 'Challo' has a delicious golden flower with a deep red throat. Its flowers hang down from their red calyx.
Aeonium 'Zwartkop' - Thriller
Can words really do justice to this delicious succulent? Saturated color, great shape and low maintenance are just the beginning of what this Aeonium has to offer. It combines beautifully with so many other plants that thrive in hot blistering sun.
Anagalis 'Skylover' - Spiller
The best of the French blue spillers! All Anagalis love the heat and keep blooming summer through fall. Regular fertilizing will help keep the show at its best. The bright blue of 'Skylover' also attracts hummingbirds in hanging baskets. Combines well with Calibrichoa and Cuphea.
Calibrichoa, (Millionbells) -
Calibrichoas have replaced Petunias in popularity for hanging baskets. They require far less fertilizer while offering a wider range of colors. There is a varied range of growing habits from the large "Superbells" series, mounding "Callie"series and the low "Trailing" series. Flower styles can be single or double, solid colors or with a contrasting eye. They combine superbly with sweet potato vine, bacopa and much more.
Cosmos - Thriller or Filler
We love annuals that plant themselves for next year! Cosmos are very easy to grow and are great cut flowers too! They bloom early summer to frost. In the fall they always drop seeds that will come up the following spring. Watch for feathery seedlings where your Cosmos once grew. (Cosmos 'Sonata Carmine' pictured)
Cuphea 'Samba' - Filler
This is a fantastic filler that flowers all summer with minimal fertilizing. The red bat-faced flowers have a wonderful contrasting throat and attract hummingbirds. It thrives in full to part sun and reaches 10-12" tall. Combines great with Purple Fountain Grass, Bidens and Sweet Potato Vine.
Leonotus leonitus (Lion's tail)
A wonderfully dramatic tender perennial with whorls of fuzzy orange flowers from late July to our hard frosts in November. Leonotus thrives in full sun, fertile soil and average water. It is also great in containers, and easier to overwinter if it is stored in a sheltered area. Hummingbirds are also delighted with the stunning plant.
Nicotiana sylvestris and
N. syl. 'Only the Lonely' -
This annual offers an elegant focal point to any design. Spikes of long, pendant white flowers are fragrant on warm evenings. This Nicotiana reaches 5' tall and 2-3' wide. It thrives in full to part sun with minimal to average water. Sometimes this Nicotiana will come back for another year of beauty, or it may reseed.
Petunia 'Black Velvet' -
Filler or Spiller
This new petunia is a rich black that has a luminous sheen giving it the appearance of velvet. Its siblings 'Phantom' and 'Pinstripe' have various presentations of black and white. 'Black Velvet' is very fun in hanging baskets when combined with a contrasting bright color like chartreuse or red.
Ricinus 'Carmencita Red'
(Castor Bean) - Thriller
Bold, big burgundy leaves is what makes this annual so fantastic. Later in the summer clusters of red, prickly seed pods offer an added interest. Castor Beans love heat and sun and therefore do not appear in nurseries until June. They quickly reach 4-6' tall and dominate most plantings. Once you have a castor bean it is likely to spread its seeds in a non-invasive manner. It is important to note that all parts of the Castor Bean plant are poisonous. Castor beans combine well with Cannas, Angel's Trumpet and grasses.
Zinnia 'Profusion' series - Filler
These darling, small flowered Zinnas really pack a punch with non-stop flower production. They come in a wide color range from white to orange and bloom June to frost. Growing 12" tall and wide they make great fillers in containers and edging for beds. They are low maintenance, self-cleaning and mildew-resistant. Zinnias are best planted in full sun after all danger of frost has passed.
Calendar of arrivals
These are general arrival times. Please call us (503) 231-5050 or (503) 788-9000 or check our Facebook page for more details.
February: Early spring annuals such as Ranunculus, Anenome, Sweet Peas and fancy Primula
Early March: Spring annuals start
March: Annuals such as traypack Snapdragons, tender Fuchsias, basket stuffers and Zonal Geraniums begin to arrive.
April through June: Our most abundant selection of annuals
July and August: Larger sizes, unusual annuals and tropicals.
August through fall: Mums, ornamental peppers and cabbage.
Winter: Pansies, primroses and florist Cyclamen.