Annuals for Fall

Fri. Sep. 2, 2016

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We’ve had a couple of cool days and plenty of heat, but Fall is approaching.  Heck, school’s already started for some!  By now most of our summer annuals, if they survived the heat, are looking brown and leggy, and not in a good way!  My petunias were pathetic!   On to Fall and new plantings.  All the plants I’ll mention now can handle a wider array of temps, so if it’s still hot, don’t worry and if a light frost starts nipping at their petals, don’t worry.

Osteospermum is one of my favorites.  This flower is also known as the African Daisy.   Breeders continue to create scads of lovely colors in shades of purple, yellow, orange, white, pink and blue and varying petal shapes to make them even more enticing.  Don’t be alarmed if you come out in the evening and the petals have pulled in, they’ll reopen in the morning.  They can be the showcase to your trailing plants like calibrachoa, the mini petunia also called Superbells.  This wonderful little eye popper also comes in lots of colors and is more heat tolerant.

Osteospermum container planting

From the pic below…..

2016 early container

To this…. (note the petunias are done!)

red container 2016

I have some superbells that are still working for me.  Bacopa is another great trailer that prefers things a little wetter.   Coleus, moneywort and ivies hang in there too!

front porch hanging

chair container 2016

The wave petunias and superbells do much better than the regular petunias.

Lantana is a plant that I’ve recently had several people say “I love this plant, what is it”.  Lantana is a native of the tropical Americas and Africa.  The flower clusters come in many colors including several in one cluster.  Lantana is easy to grow and truly looks happy anywhere!  Lantana can be grown indoors!

Lantana 'Fuchsia'
Lantana ‘Fuchsia’
Yellow lantana
Yellow lantana

And no, I couldn’t forget mums!

annual fall mums with Lovely Lady sculpture
annual fall mums with Lovely Lady sculpture


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