I’m linking up with Carol at May Dreams Gardens for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day August 2017.
Annuals at Gingham Gardens – I think I pretty much say this about every flower (except a few), but okay, I’m going to go ahead and say it – I love annuals. They are the workhorse of flower gardens; when the prima donna perennials are finished with their debut, the annuals just keep on blooming and blooming. I have seriously had snapdragons blooming into November and that’s here in the frozen tundra of Minnesota. There has to be hundreds and hundreds of varieties of annuals. The annuals I’m sharing are what I call in-the-ground annuals meaning I mix them in with perennials in my garden beds for continuous color throughout the summer. I’m not including any specialty annuals that I include in container gardening, I’ll save those for another post.
Speaking of snapdragons, look at these sweet things. These are Montego Snapdragons, a dwarf variety. If deadheaded regularly they will bloom until frost kills them in the fall.
Here’s the tall variety of snapdragon called Rocket.
You can’t have a shade garden without impatiens. They add color throughout the season in a shade garden. Look at these with the variegated leaves. They are very pretty, but light on blooms.
I love these orange impatiens. I think orange or coral was the color of choice for my annuals this year. Those torenia photo bombing the picture were supposed to be blue and would have looked much better with the orange impatiens. Oh well!
These pretty double impatiens look like miniature roses.
What about marigolds, now there’s a workhorse if ever there was one. According to many pins on Pinterest (lol), one can ward off mosquitoes and other undesirable bugs by planting marigolds. I can’t say that I’ve ever found that to be true, but perhaps it works in some areas. Marigolds are easy to start from seed either inside or outside and very easy to grow. I especially like the sunny yellow marigolds and I plant them every year someplace in my gardens. I used a section of hollowed out log here to add some charm. This particular variety is Lemon Drop. I planted these in my flower bed that borders our driveway. You can read about that makeover here. I’m always amazed at how much these little babies fill out from when they are first planted to the end of summer.
And zinnias, like marigolds are mainstays in lots and lots of gardens simply because they are so easy to grow. They too can be started from seed both inside or outside. This variety is Profusion Zinnia.
Have you ever heard of Lisianthus or grown them in your garden? I love Lisianthus (that’s so fun to say). They are outrageously beautiful. They are difficult to grow from seed (I’ve tried), so most garden centers don’t carry them. I have found a grower at a local farmer’s market that I get them from every year. Here in Minnesota, they really don’t start blooming until late July or August. They last a long time as cut flowers, so they are often seen in florist bouquets.
Look at this Lisianthus with the purple edges. It’s so pretty!
I love this combination of the single deep blue variety Lisianthus with the sunny yellow Marigold.
I love these pale pink Lisianthus. I think they look a little like roses. They do need to be stacked, but their beauty is worth the trouble.
I have tried and tried to grow Canterbury Bells in my gardens, but I’ve never had any come back a second year. I haven’t been able to find them at garden centers here in Minnesota. This spring I was at the Saint Paul Farmer’s Market (btw, best farmer’s market in the Twin Cities if your a Minnesotan) and came across a vendor that had an entire display of these gorgeous specimens in full bloom. They were selling them as annuals and of course I had to have some. I usually don’t purchase annuals that are in full bloom, but these were just to gorgeous to pass up. They finished their bloom and looked pretty scraggly through a bout of hot weather, but now they are looking good and getting ready to put on a show again. I think I will add Canterbury Bells to my list of seeds to start indoors in late winter.
What about Gazanias? I will back up here and say that after much trial and error, I no longer plant these in the ground. The rabbits will not even give them a chance. They must be really tasty. I have a pot of Gazanias on my porch steps and the rabbits still help themselves and leave the undesirable stems on the porch steps. I really wish I could catch them in the act and get it on camera. These are beauties, aren’t they? They really resemble miniature sunflowers.
There are so many more annuals that I could go on and on. I didn’t plant as many annuals this year because most of the gardening budget was spent on perennials since it was my first summer here and most of my gardens were started from scratch. What are your favorite annuals?
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