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Best-Performing Annuals

May 26

This list of top-performing annuals isn't complete, but it's a great place to start if you're searching for annuals that are simple to grow, can withstand harsh circumstances, and produce lovely or unusual blooms. Plant issues have been discovered; all that remains is to decide whether or not they are a "problem" in your garden. In your garden this year, try something new!


An agrostemma is Agrostemma 'Ocean Pearl.' Another name for it is corn cockel. These tall annual plants create a lovely cut flower with its five petaled white flowers. There are also more vibrant pink/purple color options. They are easy to grow even in poor soil, but since they self-seed so regularly, they may become invasive. To discourage self-seeding, which can also encourage further blossoming, remove wasted blossoms. The cut flower Agrostemma is quite nice. Hours: 24-36 ", directly in the sun


Alyssum is a low-growing border plant that blooms lavishly from spring through frost, forming a neat mound. It has fragrant white, blue, or blue-violet blooms and thrives in the sun. It's possible to self-seed, so next year's edging will be easier. With a spread of up to a foot, they're several inches tall. Conditions that are poor and dry may be tolerated, although appropriate soil and moisture are preferred. Plants may be found at most garden centers and can be grown from seed.


Cannas is a tropical plant that grows as an annual in the north and midwest. It requires full sun in the northern garden. These tall and magnificent flowers create a tremendous impression even if there is just one plant. It may grow up to 6 feet tall and create a dense clump. It likes a moist, well-drained soil with plenty of nutrients. Although it's difficult, root clusters may be retained during the winter.


Cineraria is a winter-blooming perennial or houseplant that thrives in zones 8 and 9. In the Midwest Garden, it is, of course, an annual that thrives in direct sunlight. They may be hard to come by, so seize the opportunity if you find one. It's worth trying to bring this gorgeous plant indoors for the winter.


Caladium with Coleus is a combination of Caladium There's a color, size, and texture for practically every bright accent area, thanks to the numerous new coleus varieties. There are leaves with interesting shapes, speckly and spotty patterns, and colors ranging from chartreuse to violet.


Geranium (Pelargoniums, Zonal): There's a reason why geraniums are such a popular flower. They thrive in rich soil and look great in formal beds, baskets, perennial gardens, and in front of evergreen trees. Deadhead and fertilize regularly to guarantee constant flowering (or put in a slow release fertilizer before planting). Plant in full light for the best results.


Marigolds produce 80-90 day blooms that are creamy yellow, yellow, or yellow orange. Sun worshiper with the ability to bear heat and neglect. The brilliant green foliage forms a compact mound that is great for edging plants, nestling it among vegetable plants, or growing in pots. From seed, marigolds are simple to grow. A broad range of bloom "looks" and colours are available in a variety of new hybrids.


Petunia Million Bells is a song written by Petunia and released in the year 2000 (Calibrachoa) This magnificent trailing plant, which is closely related to the petunia, blooms profusely and looks a lot like Superbells. Petunia-like blooms and plant They're perfect for overflowing out of little pots or covering a small space. The trailing plant produces a dense carpet of blooms when planted in the ground. The colours or multicolored combinations accessible include red, pink, blue, violet, yellow, orange, bronze, and white. Million Bells will grow swiftly and healthily in a loose, well-drained, enriched soil or potting soil. They like direct sunlight, but may tolerate little shade. It's low-maintenance, doesn't fade as the summer goes on, and doesn't need deadheading. It can withstand neglect, but not over-watering. Superbells have a larger blossom and a wider spread than regular bells.


Morning's Brilliance: (Ipomoea) Nasturtium is a slender vine-like blooming plant. Older versions have flowers that bloom from dawn until lunchtime, whereas newer variants have blooms that last all day. The vines may reach a height of 10 feet or more in a short amount of time. For best blooming, plant in ordinary soil. Plant in regular soil for the optimum flowering. If the soil is too rich, the plant will put more energy into foliage and seed development. This self-seeder should be able to reproduce at least once a year. For 70 days, this plant blooms.


Petunias Petunias: This old favorite is resurfacing, with a wide range of hybrids to pick from. They bloom all summer long and come in a range of sizes, ranging from small to sprawling. They're low-maintenance in general, but they look their best when deadheaded regularly. Pinch most or all of the stems back halfway for very full plants during the first several weeks after planting. If they get too "leggy," pinch a few stems. For an upright plant, Tidal Wave is a suitable option. For mounded, compact plants, use the Easy Wave. In hanging baskets, pots, or flowing down a hillside, most Wave petunias look fantastic. Nothing like the old-fashioned Supercascade petunia for baskets, however, if you can find it. Petunias: Choosing and Growing is a detailed guide to the many varieties of petunias available.


Tickseed: In the United States, tickseed is a plant that grows wild (Coreopsis tinctoria) Perennial coreopsis is common in the Midwest and North, but only the tinctoria species is accessible as an annual. The color spectrum has been expanded by crossing annual and perennial coreopsis. Yellow and yellow orange are the most common colors, but the new variations are available in a wide variety of colors, including numerous eye-catching bi-colors. The white petals of the Coreopsis Big Bang series"Jive' with a burgundy center and an orange eye. The annual coreopsis plants bloom in a profusion of daisy-like blossoms that linger for weeks. They sprout quickly and easily from seed in full light and typical well-drained soil.


Zinnias are the queens of neglect, towering tall on sturdy stalks and like beautiful daisies. The majority of individuals are unconcerned with poor soil or hot, dry conditions. Deadheading is unnecessary, and trimming promotes fresh flowers. Taller varieties may need assistance in windy areas. In a vase, they look stunning. It's possible to produce seeds or bedding plants quickly and easily. Zinnia from Mexico "sown by itself