Color All Season: Tips for Planting Annuals

English Gardens' Tips for Planting Annuals

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Nothing beats the continuous color of flowering annuals - they're one season plants that bloom and bloom. Annuals do well in beds or containers. Here's some tips for planting in flower beds.

Plant Selection

  • For best results, choose the right plant for the right location. Most flowers need six to eight hours of sunlight each day to thrive, but begonias, torenia and coleus do well in the shade.

Planting

  • Soil is the key to a great garden. Prepare it properly by tilling or spading approximately six inches deep. Mix in a slow-release fertilizer, such as Osmocote, and soil amendments as needed. Use sphagnum peat for sandy soil to help retain moisture, and soil conditioner to help break up clay soil.
  • Plant in mass for a great show.

Watering & Fertilizing

  • Water when the soil is dry about 1 1/2 inches below the surface.
  • Apply a thin layer of mulch to help retain moisture, but keep it away from the stem of the plants.
  • Fertilize regularly with a water-soluble fertilizer, such as Proven Winners Water Soluble Fertilizer.
  • The main reasons plants fail to thrive can be traced to improper fertilizing and watering.

Weeding

  • Be sure to remove weeds regularly, as they compete with plants for water and nutrients.