If you are looking for something outstanding for your garden this summer, be sure to put these annual flowers on your planting list. Give them a place in your garden or containers and these eight bi-color blooms from my Proven Winners® Platinum Collection will reward you with conversation-starting color all season.
Cheery yellow and white striped blooms cover these mound forming plants. Perfect for containers. Grows 7 to 10 inches tall. Plant in full sun.
The dark tones of this striking bloom will add depth to color combinations. The trailing form makes it a good option for spilling over the edges of containers. Grows 8 to 12 inches tall. Plant in full sun.
This plant loves the heat! It’s a great choice for dry climates and will tolerate less than ideal soils. Grows 24 to 36 inches tall. Plant in full sun.
If you’re into bright colors Citrus Blend™ is the flower for you. Red-orange and yellow blooms brighten sunny spots in the garden. The hotter the temperatures, the more this plant flowers. Grows 24 to 36 inches tall. Plant in full sun.
The cascading habit of this petunia makes it especially attractive in containers. Grows 6 to 10 inches tall. Plant in full sun.
If bold color is what you need, look no further than Supertunia® Pretty Much Picasso. This sassy flower will jazz up any bed or container. Grows 8 to 12 inches tall. Plant in full sun.
Combine this verbena’s salmon and coral hues with chartreuse, blue, gray and cream for a charming container garden or flower bed. Grows 6 to 10 inches tall. Plant in full sun.
This is delicate beauty loves the cool temperatures of spring and fall. The iridescent petals sparkle in the sunlight. Grows 10 to 16 inches tall. Plant in full sun to partial shade.
Tips for Growing Annuals
Plant annuals in good soil that includes plenty of compost or humus. If you don’t want to bother with amending garden soil, plant annuals in containers using a commercial potting mix. I find that a few pots placed around the garden is the easiest way to enjoy annual color.
Keep your containers and flowerbeds consistently moist – not too soggy or too dry. If Mother Nature isn’t supplying enough water, deep soak in ground plantings every five days. Check containers regularly and water when the top inch of soil is dry.
Annuals need plenty of nutrients to produce all those beautiful blooms. Fertilize every 10 days with an all-purpose, granular organic fertilizer.