Winter has passed and spring is here!
Everything is painted with an array of colours. It’s so amazing to see the beauty that nature offers. Splashes of red here, splashes of pink there, splashes of white everywhere. Everything is alive just bursting with colours. Flowering plants can bring such beauty to our surroundings.
In this article, we will be looking at flowering plants in particular annuals. What are annuals? and why are some plants considered to be annuals? annuals are plants that set seed, grow, blossom and unfortunately, die in the same year. Yes, that’s right, after these beauties serve their purpose they go on to plant heaven.
When choosing annuals make sure to find out from your nurseryman the seasons in which each plant blooms. In this way, you will know exactly how to plan and plant your garden. Here are some varieties of annuals.
Impatient makes a great choice with its beautiful colourful flowers that can really brighten up your garden.
Marigolds also make a great choice. These babies are great for attracting wildlife such as butterflies and bring that WOW to your garden area.
Coleus has such a rainbow effect with its beautiful flowers, I love coleus because their array of colours can really liven up your garden
These are just a few. The list of annuals is numerous because there are so many types. So the good news is you can liven up any dull outdoor space with these colourful plants.
Care of annuals
In order to keep your annuals looking healthy and in tip-top shape read the instructions that come along with them or you can ask your nurseryman. But basically, make sure that you use a good garden soil and don’t install your plants too deeply. Only the base of the root ball should be in the soil, the stem from the base of the plant should be above ground.
Providing water for your annuals
Water your annuals on a daily basis especially during the summer months when it gets extremely hot. Water the soil just enough to moisten it and make sure that you water the soil and not the plant. Just a gentle spray is advised when the annuals are just planted. Watering too heavily can encourage excessive weed growth and can also cause root rot.
It would be good also to purchase a fertilizer for your annuals. This will keep your plants growing at its best. Be sure to read and follow the label or you can ask your nurseryman. There are liquid and granular fertilizers which can be applied at the time of planting, it is all according to your preference.
Providing a layer of mulch can go a long way in the overall health of your plants. Mulch keeps down weeds, keeps the soil cool, conserves water and as the mulch breaks down, it will add nutrients to the soil which your plant will take up by their roots.
Finally, you can encourage bloom by doing all of the above that was mentioned along with pinching the older bloom which will encourage more bloom. So let’s get down and dirty and start our annual garden.