Gardening with annuals in flower beds
Annuals are a great way to quickly add some color to your flower garden! In addition, annuals can be used to decorate a garden until some perennial flowers grow to their full maturity and color. Most annuals will only stick around for a year. However, some hearty annuals, such as snapdragons, are sometimes able to spread their seeds and come back year after year! Here are some tips for gardening with annuals in flower beds:
- Place the right types of flowers in your bed: You will want to take the needs for different types of annual flowers into consideration when you are looking to purchase annual starters or seeds. For example, if you have a garden bed that is in full sun, you will want to plant annuals that will do well in full sun, such as petunias or snapdragons. Or, if there are specific annual flowers that you are interested in growing, you will need to make a garden bed that will be in the right location for those flowers. If you don't place your annuals in the right location, they will not last very long!
- Take planting time into consideration with different annuals: The planting time for different annuals also depends on the different types of flowers. For example, annuals that are more "hearty" are annuals that can withstand a little bit of cold and sometimes a bit of frost. These hearty annuals are able to be planted anytime between late March and early May, depending on your location. Make sure that you choose to plant your hearty annuals on a day that is not too wet. However, if you have a half-hearty annual, then you cannot plant it in the garden until all danger of frost has passed. If you have a heated greenhouse, you can keep your half-hearty annuals there until it is warm enough for them to be planted.
- Scalloped garden beds look best with annuals: When you are planting annuals in flower beds, you also want to take the shape of the garden bed into consideration. Usually annuals look best in garden beds that are scalloped or slightly irregularly shaped ends up looking best with annuals.
- Light soil is best: Annual flowers to best in a soil that is not very rich. Instead, you will get best results from planting your flowers in a lighter soil. You also should make sure that the flower bed soil drains well in order to get the best results when gardening with annuals.
- Dead head your annuals: You will want to make sure that you continually are pulling off the dead or dying blooms from your annual flowers. This will ensure that your annual flowers continue to bloom throughout the whole warm season. If not, your flower will continue to send energy to flower blooms that are dead, and your flower could become exhausted and die. Instead, dead head your annuals by plucking off the bloom of the flower. You should do this by following the dead bloom down the stem to the first junction that it meets with another stem of leaf. Use your fingernails or trimmers to clip the dead head flower at this junction point.
Annuals are a great and inexpensive way to add some fun color to your garden beds. You can find annual starters and seeds at your local gardening store or greenhouse. In addition, you might be able to find some annuals for sale at your local grocery store during the warm months! Start adding some fun color to your garden beds today with some annual flowers!