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Easy Annual Flowers Bloom All Summer

By RickCorey
January 20, 2014

Common "easy" annual flowers produce lots of blooms and are very forgiving of soil, climate, and lack of experience.

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jmorth
Jan 19, 2014 9:39 PM CST
Nice article.
I've had Kong Sunflowers re-seed themselves for 8 years. Flowering tobacco, Rudbeckia, Nigella, larkspur, perilla, poppy, morning glory, and Cypress Vine also re-seed faithfully.
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
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kqcrna
Jan 20, 2014 5:33 AM CST
Nice job, Rick.

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Newyorkrita
Jan 20, 2014 2:18 PM CST
Things that mostly reseed here are 4 o'clocks. But then California poppies do reseed, morning glories, sometimes portulaca's, and always some sunflowers.

Great article! Thumbs up
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Jan 20, 2014 2:24 PM CST
Thank you all!

I till and amend my raised beds until the soil is half-decent, so re-seeders can have a hard time. But I weed carefully around Dianthus and Salvia ... but the Salvia bed was SO overwhelmed by weeds that there were no Salvia left to worry about.

It take me a few years of amending and growing in my soil to bring it up to "half-decent". Growing only annuals and vegetables works for me, so I can weed it 100% twice per year, and keep turning bark and other organic matter under to break up the clay that returns as compost is digested.

I have yet to fully control weeds in beds with perennials or re-seeders. Once bulbs die back, I can use a scuffle hope on the surface weeds. I have some yellow California Poppies that come back thinly, and they get more hand-weeding than most other beds. I want to get some Mikado Poppies established the same way.

The Alyssum win because they grow where nothing else will grow, and they out-compete the weeds. They're like a lovely, sweet-smelling cover crop. But they don't make very good cut-flowers, they sprawl too much.


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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jan 20, 2014 2:41 PM CST
Oh wow. I don't till anything but I often do just add compost on top.
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kqcrna
Jan 20, 2014 3:31 PM CST
I do the same, Rita.

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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Jan 20, 2014 4:48 PM CST
My best bed is good enough for that. it got the best soil and the most compost to start with, then got much more compost each year for 2-3 years.

Now I can just top-dress with compost and a compost-manure mix that I buy, but I still scratch it into the top few inches so it stays moist and is in good contact with soil critters.

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