Annual plant wishing list

Fri. Apr. 13, 2018

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It’s Friday!  It’s been warmer!  I’ve been yakking about soil all week, let’s talk about what we can PLANT in that soil!

There’s a new Baby’s Breath out there.  I mentioned it earlier but this one bares repeating!  AND, I promise, it’s not the one on the noxious weed list, that’s Gypsophila paniculata!

Gypsophila muralis ‘Gypsy White Improved’ does best under cool and bright conditions (sound familiar for our weather!) but will tolerate warmer temperatures if given sufficient moisture and afternoon shade.  This is a beautiful annual for hanging baskets and containers.  It’ll grow 12 to 18 inches.  Okay, this new annual is from 2017 but I just think it’s adorable and it blooms from summer to fall!  It’s called Cosmos ‘Cupcake’.  Fused petals form deep cups on this amazing new Cosmos, discovered by a gardener in California. A mix of semi-double and single blooms in white, light pink, and dark pink. The blooms are great for cutting and the bushy plants stand up well to heat, rain, and drought. Plants can reach 4 feet tall by 2 feet wide. Pollinator-friendly plants are frequented by nectar-loving bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Simply sow ‘em where you want to grow them.

Cosmos ‘Cupcake’

And one more that, if you look closely, you’ll see a bee!  This delightful Calibrachoa is called ‘Can-Can Bumble Bee Pink’.  With shades of pink and a yellow star center that looks like a bee!  This is great in hanging baskets and containers.

Calibrachoa ‘Can Can Bumblebee Pink’
a big name for a little flower!