If you are looking for a way to add color to your landscape, planting annuals is the perfect option for you. Most annuals begin blooming shortly after they are planted, and will provide you with brilliant color throughout the entire growing season. They will complete their life-cycle in one season, so they must be planted every year, which gives you the opportunity to change the look of your landscape!
Annuals come in hundreds of varieties, many different sizes and colors, and some can even thrive in the shade. This allows you the freedom to plant annuals almost anywhere. The most common places for annuals to be planted are flower beds and window boxes; however, they can also be planted in pots and hanging baskets for a nice looking arrangement, or used as a temporary ground cover.
Compared to most perennial plants, annuals need more water and maintenance. When planting, try to keep your annuals in beds with other annuals, or with plants that require the same water requirements. After choosing the best place to plant your annuals, it is best to till your soil and add some organic matter, such as compost, in order to give the soil the boost it needs. Fertilizer can also be added, but don’t overdo it – too much fertilizer can cause excess foliage which can crowd out the colorful blooms that catch the eye.
Certain annuals are easily started as seeds, but for the most part it is easier and cheaper to buy transplants at your local garden center. It is best to plant the transplants during the coolest time of day, even a cloudy day is fine. Moisten the plants before removing them from their containers. Space them out according to either the label’s recommendation or a professional’s recommendation and cover them with soil to the depth of the container they were purchased in. After planting, water the flowers immediately. Annuals should receive about 1.5 inches of water every week.
With the proper care and attention, annuals will thrive throughout the entire growing season and provide you with bountiful color and beauty. If you do not have the time to plant your annuals this year, call Paramount and we can do it for you!