What Are Annual Plants?
Annuals grow and bloom in a single year and die
off before or during the winter depending on your climate zone. These
type of plants need to be replanted year after year. Perennial plants
will return each and every year after going dormant over the winter
which of course seems like much better value for money!
In mild areas you can get some annuals to survive
the winter and grow again for another year....but you shouldn't bank
on this. They are usually not as prolific as in their first year
Some annuals like Geraniums can be overwintered in
a frost free place. This might be a good idea if you have some hard
to come by varieties but in general it is often not worth the hassle.
Why Should You Grow Annual Plants?
You might think why bother with such short lived
plants? Having to replant them every year of course costs time and
money but these plants have the ability to flower for months on end.
There are very few perennials that are able to flower from May to
September like a Geranium or a Petunia will do. So if you want a
beautiful container at your front door and you expect colorful
flowers all summer long you need annual bedding plants to do the job
If you are looking for that extra splash of color
in your flower beds why not try some annuals like Pansies, Primroses
or Bizzy Lizzies between your perennial plants. Check out this page
for some tips on how to grow flowers successfully.
Most of our summer flowering bedding plants
originate from warmer climates where they would often grow for
several years. That is why these plants don't tolerate frost and cold
weather and simply die off once the weather gets cold in the autumn.
They of course have been bred to have bigger more colorful flowers
over a long period of time.
You can buy annual bedding plants as small starter
plants or you can try to grow them from seed. This is best done in a
glasshouse or conservatory in early spring because most of these
plants like a bit of heat and don't tolerate cold frosty weather. The
seedlings will then need to be transplanted into larger pots after a
while. Before planting out in late spring/early summer your tender
annuals need to be hardened off so they don't get damaged by the
weather. There is a bit of work involved in this...but it's fun!
If you only need a few plants for some pots or
hanging baskets I recommend that you buy them. This is a whole lot
easier and you will have a great choice of different colorful
Here are more pages on annuals...
How To Grow Flowers:
Planting annuals bring lots of summer color to your garden. Learn how to grow some easy to grow flowers.
Gardening tips for growing Geraniums. This popular plant will flower all summer for you if you follow these tips!
The Primrose Flower:
The colorful primrose plants brighten up your pots and flower beds in the spring. Don't miss out on this reliable spring flower!
Grow this cheerful easy-grow flower in your beds and containers. A great plant for all seasons!