Petunias are one of the best know and used annuals around the world. Petunias grow to a height of around 15cm and a spread of around 40cm at maturity. The plant produces masses of colourful flowers.
By Molly Rosenberg
Petunias are among the most commonly planted annuals because they're so easy to grow. If you think they're too old-fashioned, look again. There are many new varieties available in a wide range of colors and forms. Color choice today goes way beyond red, white, and blue.
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Petunia grandiflora is a traditional summer bedding favourite, given a new lease of life by the modern fashion for patio pots and hanging baskets. It forms tight little bushes around a foot high, with deep green sticky leaves, covered in large floppy trumpet flowers throughout the summer.
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Free-flowering plants in a magnificent array of colours. Continuous blooming over a long period.
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Sporting silvery white blooms with dark purple centers, 'Tidal Wave Silver' is distinct. Unlike other ~s, gardeners can decide the height of the mature plant.
Growing ~s can offer long term color in the summer landscape and brighten dreary borders with lovely pastel colors. Proper ~ care is simple and easy. After learning how to plant ~s you can include them in your flowerbed and container garden.
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Surfina ~s are the plants you see in Europe cascading from flower boxes. They aren’t quite as aggressive as supertunias, making them more manageable. Many of the Surfina varieties have a distinctive veining pattern in the blooms.
~s are one of America's most popular flowers for planting around the yard and flowerbed. The wide array of huge blooms in spectacular colors produced by this easy to grow plant, is the reason for their popularity. While most people think of ~s as annuals, they are actually a perennial.
All ~s need good drainage, which growing in a pot (with at least one hole in the bottom) provides. Use a cascading variety for a luxurious planting.
The ubiquitous ~ provides a continuous flowering over a long period with a magnificent array of colours and shades including pink, white, red and purple. Sow seed into seed trays with a good quality seed-raising mix and only a very light covering of mix over the top.
~s are one of the most popular flowering plants to put in a sunny location. There are two main types of ~s: Grandifloras and Mulitfloras. Grandifloras have blooms that can reach up to 5 inches in size.
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Supertunias don't ask for much. Give them water and fertilizer and they will provide waves of happy flowers that butterflies and even hummingbirds enjoy visiting.
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~s: Heat-loving summer flowers with showy trumpet shaped blooms. ~s are in the same family as tomatoes: Solanaceae, but they have their own genus. Here is my ~ Grow Log.
When choosing ~s for your moth garden, you should look for the single varieties instead of the new ruffled hybrids. Double flowers have a far lower nectar content than the single flowering types.
Give landscapes a stylish edge with pinwheel-stripe 'Phantom' ~s. The flower's yellow star pattern pops against a black background for an eye-catching look.
~s grow well here at National Gardening, in a large, sunny raised bed near our parking lot. But pale yellow ~s have never inspired me. Others I've grown just aren't as vigorous and free-flowering as the purple and magenta varieties I've tried.
~s grow eight to twelve inches tall and come in shades of blue, white, red and pink. The trailing varieties of ~s are particularly attractive in window boxes. ~s will grow in sun or part shade. They do not need a rich soil and can withstand drought.
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~s: ~s are very hardy. They come in a range of colors, from white to pink to purple to striped.
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~'s, like the one pictured to the left, are perhaps one of the most popular of the annuals: they produce lots and lots of flowers, bloom all season long, and come in an enormous array of colors.
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~s have long been the most popular flowering annual for planting in hanging baskets, window boxes and for border plantings. There are many single and double flowering varieties available. Can be easily grown from seed ...
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Scarlet geraniums and pink ivy-leafed types like ‘Galilee'
Cascading ~s, such as 'Misty Lilac Wave', 'Pink Wave', 'Purple Wave', and 'Rose Wave'.
Tapien verbena hybrids, such as 'Blue-Violet', 'Lavender', 'Powder Blue', and 'Soft Pink'.
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Cosmos with ~, calibrachoa and sweet potato vine create a container with height and width. Cosmos attracts birds and butterflies, including the monarch butterfly. Señorita Rosalita cleome, Wendy's Wish salvia, Magellan zinnia, Bubble Gum ~ and Kent Beauty oregano.
Like a tiny ~ on steroids, calibrachoa (also called million bells) will grow and flower at an amazing rate. Often confused... read more
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While many indigenous species of western Sydney provide habitat for wildlife, they're perhaps not as spectacular as some of the exotic species such as roses and ~s.
This relative of ~ has flower colors ranging from white to pink, red, lime, and yellow.
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Examples includes ~ (~ spp.), Zinnia (Zinnia elegans), Pansy (Viola tricolor), and Marigold (Tagetes spp.).
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This carpet ~ does especially well in full sun and spreads out about 3' to 4' to provide a lush space with full sized flowers and lots of color.
Impatiens is another good color option for shaded or partially shaded locations.
Perennials offer a lot of color without a lot of work.
~ 'Marshmallow' - this cultivar has good all weather performance and large flowers but there are many other upright and trailing varieties to choose from
Helichrysum petiolare - its silver-grey foliage is a lovely foil to bright flowers
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This might include a ~ in the squash bed or a squash vine in the ~s. To plot a strategy for dealing with weeds, you should first know your enemy. There are basically three types of weeds with which we must cope—grasses, broadleaved weeds and sedges.
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Snapdragons, zinnias, ~s, geraniums, and marigolds are among the flowers that do well as potted plants. Cosmos, coreopsis and periwinkles are also good choices.
Be sure to place shade loving plants such as impatiens or begonias where they get only partial sun.
Meredith asks, 'My summer flowers, like vinca and ~s, tend to get leggy. If I prune them back, will they bloom again?'
Absolutely! Summer annuals keep blooming until frost. Don't prune them too much, or it may take a few weeks for them to bloom. Read on for more.
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Baby's Breath, dianthus, pansy, ~s, lobelia, geraniums are famous examples of annual plants for your flower garden. They are the showmen, the bright colors, the fast bloomers and usually some of the easiest to grow.
~s should be used as a companion plant to beans. Peppermint should be planted with cabbage to deter the cabbage butterfly. Rue deters Japanese beetles.
At one time or another, every gardener battles the problem of pests eating their prized ~s, or dazzling daffodils. Pests come in various forms, but if you ask most gardeners, they will agree that one of their biggest pet peeves about pests is slugs! ...
I plan to grow from seed all my plants for my containers and hanging baskets, including ~s, fuschia's, geranium's, and others and would like to know how to make them healthy and bushy plants. At what stage should I pinch out and how often?
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Brugmansia belongs to the nightshade family which includes tomatoes, potatoes, tobacco, many kinds of peppers, eggplant, and also includes Datura, ~, nicotiana, solanum, Chinese lantern and other ornamentals.
This open, inviting garden blooms first with shooting star and prairie smoke, followed by short grasses and perennials such as wild indigo, early coreopsis, wild ~ and little bluestem. Last to bloom are gentian, flowering spurge, butterfly weed and the tall grasses.
We all use annuals in one way or another. We have all seen the beautiful tapestries done with begonias at some office buildings and shopping centers. Impatiens and ~s are used widely, and with good reason. They fill in quickly, are reliable bloomers and put on a summer-long show.
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I often include basil in my tomato, eggplant, and peppers bed, along with yarrow, french marigolds, and sometimes even ~s.
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Summer bedding was even more popular than spring bedding. In summer beds, exotic sub-tropical bulbs such as cannas, dahlias, and elephant ears were mixed with colorful annuals such as ~s, geraniums, and coleus which were newly arrived from the far corners of the globe.
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Containers can be planted with a single plant variety or color, or various plants and hues can be mixed together. A whole pot of red geraniums, another pot full of yellow marigolds and another pot of blue ~s can also be grouped together to give a mixed-planter look.
Annuals A plant that completes its life cycle within one year is called an annual. A seed germinates and grows into a plant. The plant flowers, produces seeds, and dies all within the span of a growing season. Some popular annuals are ~s, lobelia, marigolds and zinnias.
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