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Locally Grown Annuals5/4/2012


Each year, we are asked for suggestions of different annuals that are easily grown in our area, what their sun requirements are, their bloom time, how tall they get etc.   To make things a little easier for you, we have put together a great chart that gives you all the information you need regarding each different type of annual.

COMMON

NAME

SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS

SUN/ SHADE

BLOOM

COLORS

HEIGHT

(inches)

TYPE

(depends on conditions)

Begonia (wax)

Good in containers, store in winter.

Light Shade

Late Spring to Fall

Pk, Wh, Rd

6-12

Half-Hardy

Cockscomb (Celosia)

Tolerates poor, dry soil

Full Sun

Early Summer to Fall

Rd, Or, Ye, Pk, Prpl

6-36

Tender

Dianthus (Pinks)

Grasslike, low growing

Full Sun to Lt. Shade

Summer to Fall

Wh, Pk, Rd, Lav

8-24

Hardy

Dusty Miller

Tolerates drought and poor soil

Full Sun to Lt. Shade

Early Summer to Early Fall

Silver Gray-Green

8-16

Hardy

Fuchsia

Good for hanging pots

Light Shade

Early Summer to 1st Frost

Rd, Pk, Wh, Or

12-24

Hardy

Geranium

Borders, background, pots

Full Sun to Lt. Shade

Late Spring to Late Summer

Rd, Pk, Wh

12-18

Hardy

Gerbera Daisy

Like warm summers, humidity

Full Sun to Lt. Shade

Late Spring to 1st Frost

Rd, Or, Ye, Pk, Wh

12-18

Tender

Impatiens

Good border, container plant

Partial to Full Shade

Early Summer to 1st Frost

Rd, Prp, Pl, Wh, Or

12-24

Hardy

Johnny Jump-up

Self-sows

Full Sun to Lt. Shade

Spring to Early Fall

Prp, Ye, Wh, Multi-

6-12

Hardy

Marigold

Tolerates dry soil, seeds, deadhead

Full Sun

Early Summer to 1st Frost

Ye, Or, Bi-Colored

6-24

Half-Hardy

Pansy

Intolerant of Heat

Full Sun to Lt. Shade

Late Spring to Summer

Wh, Prp, Ye, Multi

4-9

Tender

Periwinkle

Slow Growing, heat tolerant

Full Sun to Lt. Shade

Late Spring to 1st Frost

Pk, Wh, Rose

4-18

Tender

Petunia

Hot Sun, pinch to increase blooms

Full Sun

Late Spring to 1st Frost

Pk, Lav, Rd, Prp, Wh

10-18

Half-Hardy

Phlox

Tolerates Heat, water early in day

Full Sun

Summer to Early Fall

Rd, Pk, Prp, Lav, Wh

12-48

Half-Hardy

Portulaca

Avoid too much moisture

Full Sun

Late Spring to first frost

Rd, Ye, Wh, Pk, Prp

4-8

Tender

Salvia (Scarlet Sage)

Tolerates Heat, dry soil

Full Sun to Lt. Shade

Early Summer to 1st frost

Rd, Pk, Prp, Wh

6-36

Half-Hardy

Snapdragon

Adds color early

Full Sun

Late Spring to 1st Frost

Rd, Pk, Wh, Or, Ye

6-48

Half-Hardy

Sweet Alyssum

Self-sows freely

Full Sun to Lt. Shade

Spring to 1st Frost

Lav, Wh, Pk

4-8

Hardy

Sweet William

Biennial, good fragrance

Full Sun to Lt. Shade

Summer to Fall

Wh, Pk, Rd, Prp

4-24

Half-Hardy

Verbena

Fast, low growing, likes heat

Full Sun

Early Summer to Fall

All Colors

6-8

Half-Hardy

Zinnia

Likes heat & dry summers

Full Sun

Early Summer to Fall

All Colors

6-24

Half-Hardy