Annuals forum: 2014 How did you use your annuals?

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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Jul 14, 2014 11:38 AM CST
Just wondering how everyone is using annuals n there containers and gardens. Love to see your pictures.
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Added a few impatiens with the heuchera.

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Dragon Wing Begonia with my heuchera in a container.

I don't use as many annuals as I use to but they do add bit of nice color in places.
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abhege
Jul 14, 2014 3:40 PM CST
Sorry, no pictures. I never really got around to doing annuals this year. I just can't seem to catch up.
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jul 15, 2014 7:52 AM CST
Everything is beautiful Julia! What are those red flowers below the bronze looking coleus?

Here are some baskets I have growing by the greenhouse.

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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Jul 15, 2014 9:01 AM CST
Anne,
The color is much better in person. Brighter with a bit of purple undertones in the orange.

Love the baskets, is that a hibiscus in the back ground?
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jul 15, 2014 9:08 AM CST
Thanks! Can't believe that's a Pelargonium! When I first saw it I though it might be the Brazilian Shrimp Plant, Justicia nodosa.

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And yes, that's Hibiscus acetosella 'Haight Ashbury'. The leaves aren't as colorful in full sun as they are in bright dappled shade.

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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Jul 15, 2014 9:11 AM CST
I like that! Nothing so exotic as a shrimp plant but I sure like it! The blooms are very close.
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jul 15, 2014 9:37 AM CST
I like it too .. after seeing your picture and thinking it was the Shrimp Plant I was getting all excited because it appeared in came in red!
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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Jul 15, 2014 9:40 AM CST
Hilarious! Sorry to get your hopes up.
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jmorth
Jul 15, 2014 9:58 AM CST
Hanging Basket
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Curiosity plant
Bat flower Cigar or Firecracker flower

Hummingbird Moth attractant
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Fill in space plant
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Ground cover in large Gloriosa containers
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Bird attractant and/or screen plant
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jul 15, 2014 10:31 AM CST
Oh how lovely! I love the Bat Flower. I've got seeds for it and never manage to get them started. They'll definitely be going on my list for next year.
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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Jul 15, 2014 11:30 AM CST
I agree Like your garden shots!!! Those sunflowers are going to be spectacular when they bloom.
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Name: Susan
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stilldew
Jul 18, 2014 10:40 AM CST
Beautiful Julia, Anne and jmorth! Glad to see others that enjoy annuals.

My favorite annuals are ones that will reseed or that I can take cuttings from and save overwinter indoors. Save me lots each year. These pink cosmos are about 3' tall. I call them Alliance cosmos because I was visiting my sister in Alliance NE and put a few seeds in my pocket when we were out walking. Grew them in a pot the first year and they reseeded on the ground and have come back for years now. I grow them in the bed I garden in in my neighbor's yard and use them as a background behind the daylilies and iris that are in that bed.

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I like French marigolds because they also reseed nicely. These are new ones I planted this year on the side of the fence near another neighbor's driveway. I don't see it often, so just wanted something easy. They are in front of some tall white boltonia.
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Coleus are the annual I use the most and take cuttings of each year. I have a number of containers of them on my front porch. Once the daylilies and lilies in the front strip area are finished, I like to move some of the pots of coleus to add fall interest to that area.
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I also have containers of mostly coleus, some cannas and other annuals in my driveway. The tall stacking plant stand and the tall coleus help block the back of my driveway and provide privacy from a neighbor.
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I always plant impatiens to fill in the spaces around heuchera that grow along a narrow sidewalk leading to the front door. One of the only mostly shade areas in the garden.
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Other annuals are used to fill in along the edges of my pathways. I used snapdragons, zinnias, salvia , angelonia and pentas this year.

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These two areas will be planted with lilies this fall, so the annuals were used to fill them in this summer.
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Pansies are used in containers in the spring to add color before the other annuals get going and are later replaced with lantana or verbena. The lantana is very slow to get going this year. By fall they usually cover a 30"X30" area in the corners of the front garden. You can just see one getting going in the background of this photo. The alyssum and moss rose reseed from year to year along the edges of the front beds.

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One small raised bed in back I plant with zinnias each year. This year I'm using uproar pink to cool down all the hot colors in back.
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jmorth
Jul 18, 2014 10:58 AM CST
Nice annuals application Susan.
I too, like re-seeders, these are the reliable ones - Nicotiana, Kong sunflower, perilla, poppies, Rudbeckia, Cypress Vine, Larkspur, & Love in a Mist.
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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Jul 18, 2014 11:39 AM CST
I agree Beautiful. Love all the coleus in the stacking pot!
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Name: Karen
Baltimore, MD (Zone 7b)
typwc
Jul 24, 2014 10:21 AM CST
Here's my front yard bed this year. I live in a townhouse so I try to make my front yard bed my 'showcase' where I do new things every year, mostly annuals and tropicals. I love coleus too, and it does so well in my garden. I overwintered 'Velvet Mocha' (and another which I don't know the name of) and planted them in the front along with some 'Black Prince' snapdragons. Behind is a Celosia from seeds from a friend. Also 'Black Coral' Elephant Ear, and a red Mandevilla which is still just getting going.
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In my backyard, I informally trial a few plants that I might like to use for the next year. This year, 'Hot Biscuits' Amaranth is blooming. This is my first year growing any amaranths. I've had serious problems with beetles eating the leaves so they look hideous. I also grew 'Tricolor' and 'Illumination' amaranth, but they got decimated by bugs just after transplanting (earwigs?) and died before really even getting started. What a disappointment.


'Hot Biscuit' is beautiful and unusual but I don't know if I can put this in my showcase garden in my front yard. I had been thinking about a border of these with 'Pacino' sunflowers, Black-eyed susans, lime-green zinnias and... ? something to contrast. Scarlett red, maybe? Cool things down with some pink or lavender? I dunno.

I am always thinking about what to grow next year before this summer is even half over!
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Name: Susan
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stilldew
Jul 25, 2014 2:18 AM CST
Your showcase bed is wonderful. I really like celosia.
Name: Karen
Baltimore, MD (Zone 7b)
typwc
Jul 25, 2014 5:07 AM CST
Thanks @stilldew. You have amazing gardens too! We share a love of coleus and celosia! I was inspired by this combination: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/244038873530777278/

As I'm sure you know, celosia is so great because it really gets going in the second half of July when a lot of my other annuals are starting to look bedraggled. It even seems to thrive in this site: a sunny hot western exposure. I grew those celosia from seed and there's that one orange one that snuck in there.... too late to take it out or move it! darn genetic variation. ;)
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Jul 25, 2014 9:01 AM CST
Good grief,I came to this forum to post a thread on harvesting poppy seeds.
Now I am hooked on a number of threads.
Here goes some of my fav. containers and zinnias
This is an annual Anthemis I believe
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Painted Tongue,cant get enough of it.
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Love this shortie Persian Carpet

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Another border zinnia

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Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jul 25, 2014 10:14 AM CST
Karen and Jo Ann gorgeous. Karen I see you have canna in you garden as well. Looks like it's about to bloom.
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Jul 27, 2014 3:38 AM CST
Taken from my livingroom window. Just a stroke of luck.
My pathetic attempt to grow zinnias has met with a nemesis.

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