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Question: we purchased some snapdragon flowers today from Home Depot.. on the tag it said fall to spring this accurate.. where we are from this is a summer annual?? please clarify. same with pansies.. here in Norther SC the pansies appear to be flourishing at this time of year... being new to this area we would like to understand this more... thank you

Answer: Both snapdragons and pansies grow and flower best when the temperatures are cool. In your neck of the woods they will perform nicely until hot weather arrives and then they will die down. Since you can't control the weather in your part of the state, just consider them cool season annuals and plan to replace them with more heat tolerant plants later in the season. Some of the more heat-tolerant annuals include Angelonia, California poppy, cleome, cosmos, geranium, lobelia, marigold, million bells, nasturtium, nicotiana, petunia, portulaca, salvia, and zinnia for sunny spots and for shady spots try Ageratum, cineraria, coleus, forget-me-not, impatiens, nemophila, pansy, primrose, sweet William, vinca, wax begonia. Best wishes with your garden!

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