Annual flowers are the delight of those of us who want a blazing riot of colour for much of the gardening season. While perennial flowers usually are short-lived, annuals tend to shout across the garden all summer long. They are cheap to buy, cheaper still to start yourself and come in an amazing variety of sizes and colours.
This is the starting point for describing how to grow annual flowers. And while all these plants listed here can all be grown from seed, there are some varieties that are only from cuttings. For example, in the impatiens page I mention New Guinea Impatiens and while there is a species, most of the plants you'll find are only grown from cuttings.
|Planting Annual Flowers using the latest research to get better growth.|
|10 Things About Downy Mildew On Impatiens Here are 10 things to know about Downy Mildew on Impatiens - wiping out this plant||Plants to Replace Impatiens See the article on downy mildew in impatiens for why you're going to have to do this|
|How To Grow Coleus Coleus is going to be a major replacement for impatiens (see article above on the disease that's killing them all)|
|How to Grow Acroclinium for Cut Flowers and Color This is is a great cut or dried flower and is easy to grow if you don't transplant it - sow it directly||Ageratum Doesn't Have to Be Tricky To Grow Ageratum can be tricky to start unless you follow these suggestions.|
|You Can Grow Fragrant Alyssum Alyssum is a great ground cover and useful annual (with a great fragrance as well)||Everything You Need to Know About Growing Amaranthus in the Flower Garden Amaranthus is more than a pretty face but let's start with that.|
|Growing Great Aster Flowers for Cut Flower Bouquets Asters and the art of growing aster flowers is described here.||How To Buy Bedding Plantstricks I use to make sure I get the best annual bedding plants in the spring|
"It is well known that gardeners, before they either sow a bed in the kitchen-garden, or a patch of flower seeds in the flower-garden, generally "firm the ground," as they call it, by beating it well with the back of the spade, or pressing it with a saucer of a flower-pot; and there can be no doubt that this is done in order that the seeds may be firmly imbedded in the soil."
Mrs. J.C. Loudon
Ladies Companion to the Flower Garden 1851
|Growing Cleome Doesn't Have to Be HardCleome are graceful plants but there's a trick to starting them. Here it is||Datura or Brugmansia are Super Flowering Plants But They Are PoisonousDatura or Brugmansia as it is now called, is an amazing garden plant. It is poisonous and should be treated with care - but those flower and that fragrance!|
|Four Important Points About Growing California Poppies SuccessfullyEschscholzia or California Poppies are self-sowing annuals and a delightful color swath across the flower garden.||How to Grow Better Annual Geraniums Than Your GrandmotherGeranium (annual geranium) or Pelargoniums are backbone plants for the annual garden and container gardening. Here's the doorway page to taking care - pruning - overwintering - propagating etc|
|Your Grandmother Never Taught You About Overwintering Geraniums ProperlyHere are three methods of overwintering geraniums with recommendations for each.||Propagating the Sweet Potato VineThe tricks to propagating and growing sweet potato vine in the home garden|
|Five Different Types of Impatiens and How To Grow ThemImpatiens are the queens of the annual shade garden and here's the species you'll find in our gardens and how to grow them.||How To Easily Grow Nicotiana or Flowering TobaccoNicotiana is a sweetly scented plant that often self sows in my garden.|
|Growing Fragrant Sweet Pea Flowers In The Backyard Garden Sweet Pea Flowers are some of the sweetest fragrant annuals you can plant|