Annuals

Annuals

Cordyline Red Star

Cordyline Red Star Latin Name: Cordyline
Height: 36 – 72 Inches
Width: 18 – 36 Inches
Light: Partial to full sun
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Burgundy red sword-like leaves offer great texture and color. Use as a focal point in the landscape or in large containers surrounded by bright flowered perennials and silver foliage. Develops a trunk with age. Fragrant white flowers top the stems in early summer.

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Geranium Ivy

Geranium IvyLatin Name: Pelargonium x domesticum
Height: 23-29 inches
Width: 23-27 inches
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Ivy geraniums are tender perennials with somewhat brittle, trailing stems that spread to as much as 3’ wide. They feature thick, lobed, medium green, ivy-like leaves and clusters of single or double flowers in shades of red, pink, lilac or white. Flowers appear throughout the growing season.

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Jasmine Sambac

Jasmine Sambac Latin Name: Cestrum nocturnum
Height: 8-10 ft.
Width: 4-6 ft.
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Jasminum sambac, commonly called Arabian jasmine, is probably native to India or Southeast Asia where it is a broadleaf evergreen shrub. On a support, it grows as a twining shrubby vine. Unsupported, it grows as a sprawling shrub. Plants feature small, waxy, white, salverform flowers (1” diameter) in clusters (cymes) of 3-12 blooms on downy stems clad with broad-ovate, dark green leaves (to 3” long). Flowers are exceptionally fragrant. In its native territory, this species will grow to as much as 25’ and produce flowers throughout the year. In containers in St. Louis, it usually is grown to 4-5’ with flowers appearing primarily in summer.

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Osteospermum

Osteospermum Latin Name: Osteospermum
Height: 12 – 36
Width: 12 – 24
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Osteospermum adds instant cheer to spring and fall gardens with its colorful, daisy-shape flowers and dark green foliage. The blooms are wonderful for cutting and appear in a wide range of colors. In fact, it’s such a striking plant that cut flowers sometimes look artificial! The plant does best in full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil. It likes cool weather, so in hot-summer areas, it blooms best in spring and fall. Though grown as an annual in most parts of the country, it is perennial in Zones 10-11.

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Poppy Iceland

Poppy IcelandLatin Name: Papaver nudicaule
Height: 12-18 inches
Width: 8-12 inches
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Iceland Poppies are short-lived perennials, native to subpolar regions of northern Europe and North America, that usually self-seed and come back year after year. Plants form a low tuft of light green leaves, bearing large, satiny, lightly fragrant flowers on hairy stems. The bowl-shaped flowers last for weeks on end, in a range of shades including cream, yellow, salmon, orange, pink and red. Removing faded flowers will encourage more buds to form. Allow at least a few flowers to set seed for future generations. Drought tolerant once established. Excellent for cutting, if picked just as the buds begin to open.

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Supertunia

Supertunia Latin Name: Petunia hybrid
Height: 6 – 10 Inches
Width: 8 – 12 Inches
Light: Full sun
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Almost as fast as some gum-snapping kid can blow a bubble, this remarkable Petunia fills a basket to overflowing, or pours out across a bed in a wave of vibrant pink blossoms. Pink Vista Bubblegum complemented the flowers or foliage of every companion we tried—purple, blue, silver, white, and many other pinks. These mounding, spreading plants are vigorous growers and indifferent to heat. Virtual flower factories, they seemed to bloom forever. Whether planted solo or entwining with other plants in a container or bed, Bubblegum was an eye-catching success.

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Browallia

BrowalliaLatin Name: Browallia
Height: 12-18 in.
Width: 9-12 in.
Light: Light Shade
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Browallia earns its nicknames of amethyst flower and sapphire flower for the richness of its small blue flowers, which pop out like jewels against the bright green of its foliage. A tidy mounding plant, it’s great in containers or planted as edging in a neat row at the front of the border. Plant in a shady spot in spring after all danger of frost has passed. It likes rich soil high in organic matter, so add some compost at planting time. Keep well watered and mulch to keep soil cool and moist. It may not flower in areas where summers are very cool. It may overwinter in the warmest regions (Zones 10-11), especially if covered with loose autumn leaves, straw, or any other light, airy winter mulch.