It’s that time of year again, gardening season! It can be an exciting time for many but daunting for others. Whether you are a first time gardener or looking to change up your property’s appearance this Spring, we’ve put together a few plants that we are sure you’ll love!
In our last article we put together our top 10 perennials, now it’s time to talk annuals! While perennials regrow year after year, annuals are plants that live for only one growing season. Meaning you will have to replant them the following year. Although replanting every year sounds like a lot of work, it is actually a great opportunity to switch things up a bit and try different colours each Spring! Annuals are also great in hanging baskets and planters on your porch or patio.
Remember to always read the plant tags at the store before purchasing to see how much sunlight and water they will need. If you have a shady yard, you will need to stick with annuals that thrive in shade and vice versa.
Here are our Top 10 Favourite Annuals!
Impatiens are great in partial shade or heavy shade with moist soil. They have continued to be very popular because of their wide variety of colours
Geraniums are great for growing in containers with good drainage. They love generous sunlight.
Petunias love full or at least 5 or 6 hours of sunlight. If they are in a shady spot they may produce fewer flowers.
Known for its rich colour, Celosia (or Cockscomb) thrives in warm temperatures and well-draining soil.
Pansies prefer full, direct morning sun but try to shield them from the more intense afternoon sunlight.
Portulaca can tolerate high heat and will do well in full sun. They also have a spreading habit so they do well in baskets as well
7 Million Bells
Another spreader! Million bells (or Calibrachoa) do not like soggy soil so raised beds and baskets are best. They also need full sun.
Snap dragons prefer full or partial sun with moist, well-draining soil.
Marigolds attract bees and other pollinators! They love full sun.
Another plant that loves full sun. You can enjoy their beautiful blooms all summer long!