Annual Bedding Plants for an early and continued burst of color...
Annual Bedding Plants come in so many different colors and varieties that it is no wonder most gardeners choose to use them in their creative flowerbed designs. For me, Annuals provide quick color in the flowerbed garden design. My late husband Jim's first comments for the gardening season used to be...when's the color coming? He was great at the hardscapes, but had no flower gardening patience.
So, while the flowerbeds wait for the perennials to burst into bloom, the annual bedding plants 'kick in' to help out. Or when certain perennials have faded, the annuals provide the flowerbed with continuous blooming.
I hear from some fellow seasoned gardeners that they seldom choose annual flowers. However, as time passes more gardeners are coming around to appreciate the burst of color that annual flowers provide especially when many perennials are waiting to bloom or have long since bloomed out.
I too have come to understand that annuals and perennials can be friends. My flowerbed gardens are now intertwined with the color of annual flowers such as the Ageratum Blue Hawaii all the while patiently waiting for the Roses and the Becky Daisies to bloom.
Some say annual flowers are too expensive to plant year after year. Lois Hole (1933-2005) a garden expert in her own right (I'm a huge admirer), wrote in one of her books a response to a comment suggesting that planting annuals was too expensive.She often compared the amount of money spent on dinner at a good restaurant to the cost of planting a garden with annuals. Both are pleasurable experience however, the meal only last one evening while the garden is enjoyed for several months. Good point.
What is an Annual Bedding Plant?
By definition an annual bedding plant is a plant that completes its life cycle in one year. That is: from seed to bloom and back to seed again. Ergo, why so many experts remind gardeners to 'deadhead' the spent blooms in order to keep the plants blooming and not let them go to seed.
So there you have it...don't just plant perennials... mix up your flowerbed garden, plant annual bedding plants, if you so choose. Have fun. Why not plant those Victoria Blue Salvia's with the Morden Red Fireglow rose bush. A striking contrast.
The image at the top left is the Nicotiana (Tobacco) Plant .
My GREAT Tips Before You Plant
Did you know...
Ever wonder why your annual plants don't look the same after 3 to 4 weeks in your flowerbed garden or in your containers? Well...I am told by a reliable source that greenhouses fertilize the annual bedding plants heavily (just to make them look so pretty for you), so it is important to flush out the plants when you get them home. I guess you could say the plants are 'high on fertilizer'.
Go to my Fertilizers Page to learn more about fertilizing your plants and soil. Also learn what those letters NPK or those numbers 20-20-20 really mean.
GREAT Annual Bedding Plants Planting Tips for Success
Please visit My Soil Page for further information on soil amendments.
Want to know about a great growth supplement for your annuals? Check here...MYKE's
Below are my annual flowers for KNOCK OUT color. The list is in alphabetical order.
If you would like additional links to even more great annuals, please visit More Garden Annuals.My Alyssum Page
My Ageratum Page
My African Daisy Cannington John Page
My Begonia Page
My Black-eyed Susan Page
My Calendula Page
My Celosia Page
My Coleus Page
My Cosmos Page
My Dracaena Page
My Fuchsia Page
My Gazania Page
My Impatiens Page
My Lantana Page
My Lobelia Page
My Marigold Page
My Nasturtiums Page
My Nemesia Page
My Nicotiana Page
My Petunias Page
My Portulaca Page
My Salvia Page
My Scaevola Page
My Snapdragon Page
My Verbena Page
Additional Perennials and Annuals Planted (2011)
More Perennial and Annual Links (2010)
Perennial Plant Definition and Links
More Links to Perennials Planted
Flowerbed Design Page
Flowerbed Pictures Page
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