Archives for annuals

S for Shoofly

S for Shoofly …  or Nicandra physalodes … or better known as Apple of Peru. This annual plant, a member of the Solanaceae (nightshade) family,  prefers full sun and moist soil.   It is a native of South America.  the plant can grow to be large and bushy.  The blooms are bell shaped and usually mauve and white.  The blooms can repel bugs, hence the shoo fly name.
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A for Angel Trumpet

Angel’s Trumpet or datura are members of the Solanaceae family along with brugmansia.  It is a heat loving plant that loves hot days and cooler evenings.This is a plant that I haven’t grown in my garden for a few years, ever since I found out the blooms, leaves and seeds were toxic … harmful to both people and pets.   But last year I had a couple of plants that grew unexpectedly.   Don’t you just love those volunteer flowers?The white blooms are lovely and open towards the end of the day. I love the slight tinge of purple towards the center
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F for Four O’clocks

4 o’clocks or Marvel of Peru or Mirabilis jalapa is an annual plant where I live in Canada.  The blooms of many colours usually open in the late afternoon, all night and close up the following morning.  The plant likes full sun and grows just under 1 meter in height.  I’m Canadian zone 5b which is the equivalent of USDA zone 4b.  In warmer climate zones this plant can be grown as a perennial.  I need to dig the root each year and save it in a cool, dark place so that it can be planted the following spring. seeds
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C for Cosmos

Cosmos are a beautiful tall, annual plant for the garden which produce a multitude of blooms in many colours. They prefer full sun and rich soil. Cosmos are the perfect plant for the back of the garden. Each year I grow these plants from seed that I have saved the previous year. They will also self seed and I will find surprise plants growing in various places of the garden. Deadheading the flowers keeps them in continual bloom from July to first frost. At the end of the growing season let the spent flowers go to seed. When dry you
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Z is for Zinnias

Zinnias – Asteraceae Zinnias, originally from Mexico, are a lovely annual plant to grow from seed. They come in many vibrant colours and are great for cut flowers. Plants prefer full sun and well drained soil.  Trim off faded flowers to encourage more blooms.  I grow mine in large tubs that can be moved around to fill in empty spots in the garden or just for colourful decoration on the decks.
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Glory in the Morning

M is for Morning Glories. Morning glories or Ipomena are wonderful fast, growing annual vines that produce numerous blooms during August and September.  These vines will self seed if the seeds drop to the ground and over winter.  Blooms can be white, pink, blue, mauve, and multi coloured.  The vines can grow  10+ feet tall.  One year I grew them up an obelisk and rapidly ran out of room and kept twining the vines back down and around.  The vines thrive in full sun and just about any type soil.
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Impatiens

ABC Wednesday follows the alphabet and uses a letter each week for participants to come up with all sorts of things that start with that letter.  I’ve been following a gardening theme  which gives me a chance to review various plants and decide if I will add them to the garden again if they are annuals or decide if they were in the right place if they are perennials. This week the letter is I and I’ve chosen impatiens also called busy Lizzie. Our house faces north so I need to get shade loving plants if I want any blooms
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