If you’re looking to preserve a beautiful smelling and colorful garden year-round, here are 10 annual flower species to grow in 2019.
1. Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus)
These sweet purple flowers are vine climbing with tendrils, meaning they need a trellis. They can grow up to 6 feet tall. Tuck the seeds into the soil in late fall to see blos in spring. It is recommended to plant Sweet Peas along a fence line or trellis or to add color to a vegetable garden. They can also be a nice addition to cutting gardens.
2. Cornflower; ‘Classic Fantastic’;(Centaurea cyanus):
Also known by the name of ‘bachelor’s buttons’, cornflowers bloom in the spring with pretty blue, purple, pink, and white shades. It’s best to plant cornflowers in late fall for spring arrival. The cornflower does sow itself. Cornflowers are best suited for cutting or cottage gardens. They go well with roses, larkspur, Dame’s rocket, or poppies.
3.Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus):
These red and green flowers, reminiscent of Christmas time, have an affinity for poor soil and grow with ease is sown after winter frost.The flowers bud in early fall and last until the first fall frost. Nasturtiums’ flowers and plants are edible, providing for a peppery taste. Most commonly, these flowers are tucked into flower bed edges, blanket slopes, or in containers.
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4.Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Sun’ (Rudbeckia hirta):
Large and bright yellow, the Rudbeckia is self-sowing, occasionally coming back at the roots in regions with milder winters. Plant in spring and they will bloom in summer until fall frost. The best places for Eudbeckia’s are in planting beds, butterfly, cottage, or cutting gardens.
5. Zinnia ‘Purple Prince’ (Zinnia elegans ‘Purple Prince:
When sown in late spring after the frost, Zinnia’s bloom into early fall. The classic species of Zinnia, such as the ‘Purple Prince’ yield larger blooms and longer stems. Many people like to use Zinnia’s in their cutting gardens or as food for their butterflies.
6. Marigold Signet Tangerine Gem (Tagetes tenuifolia):
Who doesn’t love the happy yellow and orange hues of the marigold family? Sow seeds in early spring or summer for blooms through fall frost. The Marigold Signet Tangerine has edible flower petals for garnishes on salads, herbal remedies, and other purposes. Marigold Signet’s are butterfly favorites, they work great in planting beds edges, and are perfect for vegetable and mixed gardens.
7.Diamond Frost Euphorbia (Euphorbia ‘Inneuphdia:
This award-winning green plant blooms enchanting little white flowers that resemble frosted tips from summer to frost. Seeds can be sown anytime of year and the Diamond Frost Euphorbia requires very minimal care.
The sunflower is a favorite as it evokes childhood feelings of running through a field. In addition, they grow large and are easy to handle, making them a great garden go-to for kids and beginner gardeners. Sunflowers come in many different sizes and shapes and thrive in sunny gardens, hence their name.
9. Morning Glories:
There are some steps involved in gettingorninv glories to sprout into all their, well, glory. Soak the seeds in tepid water the night before you plan to plant them or file the hard part of the seed to get it open. However once in bloom, morning Glories can handle themselves. They are also prone to overgrowth, as they self-sow regularly and drop seeds often. This means you should either mow, rake, or heavily mulch the ground underneath the glories. They need to be planted in a sunny area in moderately fertile, well-drained soil.
10. Flying Colors Coral Diascia (Diascia ‘Diastis’ Flying Colors Coral):
Cousin to the snapdragon flower, another annual option, the flying colors coral Diascia bloom from green Vines and showcase beautiful pinkish-red petals. They are the most vibrant in the cooler seasons, and can be planted anytime of year. They do, however, stop flowering when night temperatures reach above 70 degrees Fahrenheit, so trim plants and keep them watered through the summer. The surprising autumn bloom may occur. Flying colors coral are best utilized in hanging baskets, window baskets, containers, or landscape beds.