The Q&A Archives: Flowers

Question: Please send information on the different types of colorfull flowers best suited for north-west climate of PA.

Answer: There are many annuals well suited to your climate. For sun you might try marigolds, zinnias, sweet alyssum, ageratum, salvia and snapdragons. For a shady spot you might try impatiens, lobelia, bedding begonias and caladiums. Perennials to consider would include a very wide variety but dianthus, daylilies, salvia, veronica, sedum, and coreopsis all do well in sun, astilbe, hosta and bleeding heart do well in shade. If you are new to annuals or perennials or to gardening in this climate, you might want to look at a basic book or two before spring. Some I particularly like are "Annuals for Dummies" by Bill Marken, ISBN 0-7645-5056-X, "Perennials for Dummies" by Marcia Tatroe, ISBN 0-7645-5030-6 and "Gardening for Dummies" by Michael MacCaskey, ISBN 1-56884-644-4. These are often available in libraries and offer plenty of practical straight forward advice. Enjoy your flowers!

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