Pacific Northwest Gardening forum: Annuals That Are Slug Resistant and Do Well If We Have a Cool Summer?

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Name: Jewell
South Puget Sound (Zone 7a)
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Jewell
Mar 31, 2013 7:18 PM CST
The only annuals that do well for me year after year are calendula and California poppies. Does anyone have any other annuals that are successful despite cool, wet summers and slugs?
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Mar 31, 2013 11:39 PM CST
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Apr 1, 2013 1:15 AM CST
These seem happy despite slugs and cool DRY summers (though I do water them).

Alyssum
Pansies
Marigolds (French or African)
Zinnia
Lobelia
Sweet William (Dianthus Barbatus)
snapdragons
Name: Stephanie
Salem, OR (Zone 8b)
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kosk0025
Apr 1, 2013 8:13 AM CST
Poppies are my favorite annuals.....any of the Papavers. (papaver orientale is perennial, the rest are annuals). They do best when you sow the seeds directly into the ground in fall, winter, or early spring. Probably too late now, though you could give it a try. The seedlings look like weeds, so be careful not to pull them out. The slugs seem to not eat these seedlings (unlike zinnias, which I do not directly sow anymore for that reason), although I do sow the poppies generously--so it's possible that some are getting eaten--not sure.

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Name: Jewell
South Puget Sound (Zone 7a)
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Jewell
Apr 1, 2013 10:43 AM CST
Thanks Rick, SC and kosk. Am working on some beds today.

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