Annuals

Annuals

Pansies

PansiesLatin Name: Viola x wittrockiana
Height: 4 – 8 inches
Width: 8 – 12 inches.
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: From tiny, cheerful Johnny jump-ups to the stunning 3-inch blooms of Majestic Giant pansies, the genus Viola has a spectacular array of delightful plants for the spring garden. They’re must-haves to celebrate the first days of spring since they don’t mind cold weather and can even take a little snow and ice! They’re pretty planted in masses in the ground, but also cherished for the early color they bring to pots, window boxes, and other containers. By summer, pansies bloom less and their foliage starts to brown. It’s at this time that you’ll have to be tough and tear them out and replant with warm-season annuals, such as marigolds or petunias. But that’s part of their charm — they are an ephemeral celebration of spring!

Annuals

Portulaca

Portulaca Latin Name: Portulaca grandiflora
Height: 0.25 to 0.75 feet
Width: 0.50 to 1.00 feet
Light: Full sun
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained

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Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea Latin Name: Lathyrus odoratus
Height: 3.00 to 8.00 feet
Width: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Light: Full sun
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Annual Sweet Peas are often beautifully fragrant but last only one season, while Everlasting Sweet Peas are herbaceous perennials returning year after year but with less fragrance than their annual cousins.

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Cabbage/Kale

Cabbage/Kale Latin Name: Brassica oleracea
Height: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Width: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Light: Full sun
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Cold-hardy and resilient, kale is an easy member of the cabbage family to grow. You can set out plants quite early in spring as long as you protect the young plants from severe cold winds with a cover. They will grow steadily for months until the weather gets too warm. You’ll get a second chance to plant kale in the fall, when cool weather brings out a wonderfully sweet, nutty flavor that is unique to these cold-natured plants. Fall is the best time for growing kale in areas where winter doesn’t dip below the teens, or in a cold frame farther north, because the leaves are sweeter when they mature in cooler weather.

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Begonia Whopper

Begonia WhopperLatin Name: Begonia
Height: 16
Width: 16
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Whopper begonias produce huge clusters of big blooms for a spectacular show that will last all spring and through summer. Just plant Whopper in part-sun or shady spots and it will fill in with glossy foliage and big flowers. Whopper prefers soil that dries a bit between waterings (avoid soggy feet and wet leaves) and, because of size, it needs regular feeding with a time-release plant food or liquid fertilizer. For easy-to-grow plants that make people stop and stare.

Annuals

Datura Angle’s Trumpet

Datura Angle's Trumpet Latin Name: Datura brugmansia
Height: 12 in – 3 ft
Width: 24 in – 4 ft
Light: Full sun
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Flowers are cream to pink to lavender, and last one night. Each flower will unravel in the evening to reveal a fragrant trumpet-shaped bloom that only lasts until noon the following day. Flowers will bloom intermittently from mid-summer to frost. Flowers are followed by downy spherical fruit covered with stiff spines, hence the sometimes used common name of downy thorn apple for this plant. Plants belong to the nightshade family and all parts are extremely toxic. Datura is similar to Brugmansia, except the trumpets of the latter are larger, last for several days and droop downward. Nomenclature for plants in the genus Datura is confusing.

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Gerbera Daisy

Gerbera DaisyLatin Name: Gerbera
Height: 1.00 to 3.00 feet
Width: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Gerbera daisies are so perfect they hardly look real. They bloom in nearly every color (except true blues and purples) and produce fantastically large flowers on long, thick, sturdy stems. They last for a week or more in the vase, making them a favorite of flower arrangers. This tender perennial will last the winter in only the warmest parts of the country, Zones 9-11. In the rest of the country, it is grown as an annual. It does well in average soil; it likes soil kept evenly moist but not overly wet. Fertilize lightly.

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Justica Carnea

Justica Carnea Latin Name: Justica Carnea
Height: 24-36 in.
Width: 12-15 in.
Light: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: A member of the broad Acanthaceae family, the Brazilian plume flower or jacobinia (Justicia carnea) is a shade-loving, soft-wooded shrub (ht 1.5m) with large, lush leaves. Thick plumes of white, pale pink or deep pink tubular flowers appear in regular flushes from early summer to late autumn. A form with dark purplish underleaves is known as ‘Radiant’ – perhaps more correctly should be called ‘Huntington Form’. Justicia carnea needs hard pruning in late winter, and regular dead-heading during summer will help to promote new blooms.

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Pansies Field Grown

Pansies Field GrownLatin Name: Viola x wittrockiana
Height: 4 – 8 inches
Width: 8 – 12 inches.
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: From tiny, cheerful Johnny jump-ups to the stunning 3-inch blooms of Majestic Giant pansies, the genus Viola has a spectacular array of delightful plants for the spring garden. They’re must-haves to celebrate the first days of spring since they don’t mind cold weather and can even take a little snow and ice! They’re pretty planted in masses in the ground, but also cherished for the early color they bring to pots, window boxes, and other containers. By summer, pansies bloom less and their foliage starts to brown. It’s at this time that you’ll have to be tough and tear them out and replant with warm-season annuals, such as marigolds or petunias. But that’s part of their charm — they are an ephemeral celebration of spring!

Annuals

Potato Vine

Potato Vine Latin Name: Ipomoea batatas
Height: 20 to 25 ft.
Width: 20 to 25 ft.
Light: Full sun
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Attractive, shrubby climber gives an almost perpetual display of showy blue-white blossoms. Good ornamental cover for fences or walls, or grow across lattice for shade. Semi-evergreen.