Saturday, April 7, 2018

Annuals

Annuals, the bright, colourful, one season beauties add colour, depth and dimension to any garden. Annuals display their colours for only one season. Yes, some will self-seed, so do a little research, if you do not want them to return next season. However, if you don’t mind surprises then let nature surprise you.
Among my favourite annuals are cosmos, marigolds, zinnias, snapdragons, violas and pansies.
The driveway of my parental home had snapdragons growing wild along side the house for several seasons. They must have self-sown because my parents did not plant them there. They were part of the backyard border garden, my mother so carefully tended for many years.
Cosmos can add an otherworldly dimension to the back of a garden bed. They also, because the come in a wide variety of colours, make a great annual garden on their own.
Annuals may be placed along the borders of a vegetable garden or interplanted between the vegetable plants. Interplanting is simply mixing up the plant rows. Instead of a complete row of cabbages, which is like setting out a buffet for cabbage moths, for example, plant two cabbages, then marigolds and then two more cabbages and so on.
A knowledge of companion planting is helpful when making annual and vegetable plant choices.  Companion planting is placing two or more plants near each other, the plant choices are based upon the understanding the plants will help each other.
There are many reasons why people love annuals. Some love annuals because they make excellent cut flowers; some because annuals are easy to grow; some love them for their brilliant colours while others just love to create a new garden every spring. 
The reasons do not matter as they are all sound; if you love to garden and enjoy bright vivid colours then annuals will satisfy your needs. I am very fond of annuals and cannot imagine a garden that does not have a few.
Annuals enable the gardener to make basic, simple, and easy but noticeable changes to the garden.
It does not matter how large or small the garden is whether it is a container garden or a large backyard plot. Annuals allow the gardener to adjust the garden’s colour palette all through the growing season.
 Add a few to the herb garden, vegetable patch or along the borders of a perennial bed. Put them in containers on a step, balcony or in a window box. For the most part, annuals are easy to care for and rather inexpensive.
Annuals can be added to the garden at any point through the season. Annuals bloom continuously and produce prolific amounts of seed. This results in the production of many flowers; all making annuals a win-win situation for any gardener.
It may be wise to practice deadheading in order to control the possible spread of these prolific plants. An important point when purchasing annuals or any other plant, be sure to ask the seller if the plant is pesticide free.

So, until next week, happy gardening.

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