Annuals

Annuals

Bracteantha

BracteanthaLatin Name: Bracteantha
Height: 10 – 14 Inches
Width: 12 – 18 Inches
Light: Full sun
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Strawflower is an upright, warm-weather annual or short lived perennial with daisy-like flowerheads in yellow, pink, bronze, cream, purple or white. Strawflower has thin, lance shaped, grayish green leaves up to 5 in (12.7 cm) long, and sandpapery, hollow, branching stems that may reach 3-4 ft (0.9-1.2 m) in height.

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Dracaena Spike

Dracaena Spike Latin Name: Dracaena indivisa
Height: 24 – 36 Inches
Width: 5 – 18 Inches
Light: Partial to full sun
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Dracaena spikes are actually not dracaenas at all, but are members of the cabbage palm genus (Cordyline spp.); C. australis and C. indivisa are among the species that are commonly sold as dracaena spikes. Small dracaena spikes are staples in container gardens, but they can quickly outgrow the growing space and should be transplanted to a larger container. Although the average height for dracaena spike houseplants is only about 2 feet, they can eventually grow to full tree size. A dracaena spike plant is well suited for beginner gardeners because they are relatively easy to care for and take a long time to outgrow their containers.

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Hibiscus Yoder Hybrid

Hibiscus Yoder HybridLatin Name: HIBISCUS rosa-sinensis
Height: 2′-3′
Width: 2′-3′
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Tropical hibiscus is heat tolerant and prefers full sun and mildly acid to neutral, well-drained soil. Very poor and alkaline soils lead to nutrient deficiencies which cause leaf yellowing. It blooms in new wood. Annual pruning is best done in early spring to allow the shrub to rejuvenate early in the season. Pest and disease problems are minimal. This is a garden staple in both tropical and temperate landscapes. The vibrant shrub makes a wonderful container specimen where not hardy. In frost free zones it can also be grown in landscape and foundation plantings.

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Lobelia

Lobelia Latin Name: Lobelia
Height: 4 to 16 inches
Width: 4 to 16 inches
Light: Full sun
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Annual lobelia is in its glory during the cool weather of spring and fall. Except for cool-summer areas, such as the Pacific Northwest or higher altitudes, lobelia stops flowering during the heat of summer. Shear the plant back when this happens, and it will likely rebloom come fall.

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Pentas

PentasLatin Name: Pentas lanceolata
Height: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Width: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Light: Full sun
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Pentas is one of the best butterfly-attracting plants around. It blooms all summer long, even during the hottest weather, with large clusters of starry blooms that attract butterflies by the dozens as well as hummingbirds. The plant grows well in containers and in the ground — and it can even make a good houseplant if you have enough light. It does best in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Pentas is grown as an annual in most parts of the country, but it’s hardy in Zones 10-11. Plant it outdoors after all danger of frost has passed.

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Ruellia Elegans Red

Ruellia Elegans Red Latin Name: Ruellia elegans
Height: 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Width: 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Ruellia elegans is an elegant form of Ruellia spp. with it’s large pubescent leaves and bright red tubular flowers that float on top of the foliage on long slender stems.  These beautiful flowers have 5 petals and they open in the morning hours.  Don’t let the fragile appearance fool you though, because this is a really tough plant that can withstand high heat and humidity.  Plant in loose, rich soil and keep moist.  Brazilian Petunia is attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, and is a food source for the Texas Crescent Butterfly.  Will reach 12-18” tall with an 18” spread.

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Verbena

Verbena Latin Name: Verbena
Height: 2.00 to 4.00 feet
Width: 1.50 to 3.00 feet
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Verbena is a spreading plant ideal for cascading over retaining walls, pots, baskets, and window boxes. As log as the soil is extremely well drained, verbena will reward gardeners with countless clusters of small blooms all season. It’s fairly drought-tolerant, making it a great choice for hanging baskets, rock gardens, planting in cracks between stones, and other tight places. One annual verbena, ‘Imagination’, is a standout for taking the hottest, driest conditions. It will even do well in a clay strawberry pot!

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Geranium

Geranium Latin Name: Geranium
Height: 23-29 inches
Width: 23-27 inches
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Geraniums have been a gardener’s favorite for well over a century. The old-fashioned standard for beds, borders, and containers, geranium is still one of the most popular plants today. Traditional bedding types love hot weather and hold up well to dry conditions; many offer colorful foliage. Regal, also called Martha Washington, geraniums are more delicate-looking and do better in the cool conditions of spring and fall. Though most geraniums are grown as annuals, they are perennials in Zones 10-11. Bring them indoors to overwinter, if you like, then replant outdoors in spring. Or they can bloom indoors all year long if they get enough light.

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Ageratum Blue Horizon

Ageratum Blue HorizonLatin Name: Ageratum houstonianum
Height: 1.00 to 2.50 feet
Width: 0.50 to 1.50 feet
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: ‘Blue Horizon’, commonly called floss flower, is a frost-tender annual of the aster family that provides continuous bloom for borders, drifts or gardens from late spring to frost. It features fluffy lavender to purplish-blue flowers (basically asters with ray flowers absent) in flattened to slightly rounded clusters that bloom atop strong upright stems typically rising to 18-30” tall. Leaves are typically rounded, cordate-at-the-base, hairy, slightly quilted and soft green. Ageratum comes from Greek words meaning “non-aging” in reference to the long life of the flowers.

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Campanula

Campanula Latin Name: Campanula
Height: 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Width: 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Usually bobbing, often blue bellflowers are classic cottage garden plants. Tall types look like something straight out of a fairy tale garden, while ground-hugging types are good in rock gardens, more formal gardens, and many other situations. Most are perennial, but a notable exception is Canterbury bells, a stately biennial (it takes two years to bloom). Flowers come in blue, purple, white, or pink.