Answer: Most common annuals take about 10 to 12 weeks to bloom, so you will be pushing the envelope with that July first date. You might try sweet alyssum, portulaca, "Profusion" zinnias, sanvitalia, convolvulus (dwarf morning glory), melampodium and California poppy. If you can somehow warm the soil, perhaps by covering it with blasck plastic for several weeks, the seeds will germinate faster. Make sure that the soil is rich, moist yet well drained and also fertilize the plants regularly with a water soluble fertilizer and/or compost tea to ensure vigorous growth. Good luck!
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