Category Archives: Annuals

Sturdy Salvias

Every year for decades I’ve grown purple farinacea salvias like ‘Victoria Blue’. They aren’t flashy and they don’t attract hummingbirds like the red salvias do, but boy do these plants bloom for a long time. ‘Victoria Blue’ and ‘Evolution’ both … Continue reading

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My Favorite Zahara

‘Zahara Raspberry’ zinnias are quickly becoming my favorites in this zinnia series I love so much. The flowers are a very dark, rich red when they first open: But as the flowers age they change into their namesake raspberry-pink: These … Continue reading

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Flowers Popping out of the Pavement

In late August and early September before it got very dry there were a lot of volunteer annuals popping up in unusual places around my yard. Several petunias sprouted from the patio pavers: I’m not sure how these nicotiana seeds … Continue reading

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The Perfect Container Plant

I filled my barrels with ‘Santa Cruz Sunset’ begonias again this year because the plants bloom for 6 months or more, and other than watering them from time to time, they need absolutely no care or attention from me. They … Continue reading

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Up Close and Personal: Aster ‘Milady Deep Blue’

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Up Close and Personal: Zinnia ‘Sun Gold’

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Marigold ‘Snowball’

This year I tried a new white mid-sized marigold called ‘Snowball’. I wanted to see if the Japanese Beetles would attack the flowers like they do the large orange or yellow marigolds. Curiously, they mostly left ‘Snowball’ alone. ‘Snowball’ is … Continue reading

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Tall Nicotianas

Even though I have cardinal flowers and tall red salvias blooming in my flowerbeds right now, the hummingbirds are going crazy for the tall nicotianas (flowering tobacco). I grow two cultivars–‘Daylight Sensation’ and ‘Whisper Mix’. Both have flowers in shades … Continue reading

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Up Close and Personal: Daylily ‘Kong Rose’

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Zinnia ‘Profusion Double Cherry’

One of my favorite go-to zinnias is ‘Profusion Double Cherry’. This cultivar never lets me down. The plants are loaded with cherry-pink flowers all summer into fall and pests and diseases don’t bother them. Even if I forget to deadhead … Continue reading

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