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Name: Val
Near Boston, MA (Zone 6a)
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vma4922
Feb 8, 2016 1:42 PM CST
What are YOUR favorite annuals?

There are so many on my "want to plant list"..I started going thru seeds and I realized I can' possible grow all the seeds I have this year (big surprised! seed addict here! LOL!)

On my "must grow" list are 4 O'Clocks, morning glories, gomphrena, marigolds around my tomatoes and in general for some bright pops of color that last all summer/fall..and MORE....

How about you?
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kniphofia
Feb 9, 2016 10:53 AM CST
My favourites are Calendula - pot marigolds, I love orange. I also like Nigella - Love In A Mist, and the huge Ricinus - Castor Bean plant.
I don't have room to grow the half hardy ones so tend to concentrate on the hardy ones I can just sow directly.
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ZenMan
Feb 9, 2016 12:55 PM CST
My favorite annual is zinnias, and you could say that I am a zinnia hobbyist, because I grow a lot of them and dabble at breeding them.

I like a lot of other annuals. Portulaca (moss rose) have a lot of colors and come in both single and double flowers. And there is a trailing plant form (Happy Trails) in addition to the usual mounded plant form.

Breeders have given snapdragons a tremendous variety of colors, flower forms, and plant habits. Our Kansas summers are a little too hot for them, but they do well in the Spring, just survive our hot Summers, and bloom again in the cooler Fall.

Cosmos now come in a wide color range and flower forms. And plant heights, ranging from short to towering.

Gaillardias are a wildflower in parts of the midwest, but plant breeders have done a lot with them. One unique Gaillardia variety is called Razzle Dazzle, and I refer to one of my "in work" zinnia strains as Razzle Dazzles, because of their resemblance in their flowers to the Razzle Dazzle Gaillardias. These are commercial Razzle Dazzle Gaillardias.

https://www.google.com/search?q=gaillardia+razzle+dazzle&biw...

These are photos of a few of my "Razzle Dazzle" zinnia specimens.
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Some of the really full Razzle Dazzles, like that last one, resemble Alliums (flowering onions). I have had several different colors of Razzle Dazzles so far.

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Eventually I hope to get the Razzle Dazzles in a complete zinnia color range, of every color except blue.

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Zinnias are very versatile in being able to have so many different colors, flower forms, and plant habits.

ZM
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Name: Val
Near Boston, MA (Zone 6a)
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vma4922
Feb 11, 2016 2:29 PM CST
Those are some nice Zinnias that dont always look like Zinnias..some look like pulchella gaillardias and other flowers :)
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Feb 12, 2016 6:35 AM CST
I always have cosmos, I really like the airiness of the foliage as well as the colors.
Snapdragons, I really like the tall "Rocket" series are prized for their early flowers.
I also normally grow portulaca. They have such bright colors. A favorite is Sundial fuchsia. They sometime successfully reseed for me.
I grow a variety of marigolds. Some of the oranges are so intense, they almost hurt your eyes.
Name: Val
Near Boston, MA (Zone 6a)
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vma4922
Feb 12, 2016 6:49 AM CST
I have to agree with everyone here! So many annuals, so little room! :o)
I never was big on marigolds because they dont SMELL great (ie cut flower) but had them around my tomatoes last year and they won me over with their constant blooms and always looked great! This year I bought a couple different ones to try: a Starlet (red) and vanilla (white)

Grew Bright Lights cosmos last year and think I'm going to stick with those shorter version vs. the sensation mix (mine grew 6-7 feet tall). My FIL always grew portaluca and those are on my "start indoors" list

Nigella, Calendula, and Larkspur are on my list for this year as well.

ZM i read your post at work and missed the paragraph on razzle dazzle gaillardias. Looks like I was right on in my observation :)
Name: ZenMan
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ZenMan
Feb 12, 2016 12:28 PM CST
Val, Welcome!
It's interesting that your Bright Lights cosmos grew so tall. Some cosmos can grow even taller. Cosmos do have an interesting variety of plant habits. And they have some interesting flowers, too. There is a double form (Double Click) and one with tubular petals (Sea Shells). If I had more time and space, I would breed cosmos. My first objective would be to cross the yellow species with the pink species. The success of that cross should give Cosmos a color range competitive with zinnias. One of my zinnia goals is to get a zinnia flower form comparable to the Sea Shells cosmos. One of my zinnia variants that is headed a little that way is a strain I call "Woollies".
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I also have had open petaled specimens that had a "shell-like" curl to their petals.
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I actually have quite a way to go before I can give the Sea Shells cosmos any credible competition with my zinnias. And I have never had a zinnia that was 7 feet tall, either. (I have had a few zinnias that touched 6 feet tall.) However, I have seen cosmos that were taller than 10 feet. So I don't expect zinnias to ever beat cosmos in the height department.

ZM
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jmorth
Feb 14, 2016 1:30 PM CST
Annuals this year.
from seed -
Cosmos - 'Xanthos' (yellow)
Nasturtium
4 o'clocks - 'Salmon Sunset'
Spanish Flag
White Basket Flower - Centaurea

to purchase as plants - lobelia, Million Bells, Pentas

self seeders - opium poppies, 'Kong' sunflower, Love-in-a-Mist, rudbeckias, Larkspur, perilla, Cypress vine, Great Blue Lobelia (wildflower), Nicotiana, morning glory

over-wintered, cuttings - Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender' and various Coleus
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springcolor
Feb 14, 2016 1:34 PM CST
Missed this thread. Love Dragon Wing Begonias (from Seed), Coleus, and Million Bells. I have a bunch of variegated Pelargonium that are growing from cuttings.
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jmorth
Feb 14, 2016 1:40 PM CST
When reviewed, I noted the thread was 'favorite annuals' ...
For me, that would be -
Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender' and various Coleus
Sunflower
4 o'clocks
Nicotiana
Rudbeckia
Larkspur
Calendula
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Cinta
Feb 15, 2016 12:00 PM CST
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Coleus
Cosmo
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Name: Ronnie
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luvsgrtdanes
Feb 17, 2016 10:30 AM CST
Mine would be morning glories, cosmos, zinnias, salvias and four o'clock, just to name a few Thumbs up
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Name: Susan Johnston
OKC, OK (Zone 7a)
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Feb 18, 2016 11:26 AM CST
A lot of the "annuals" I grow are actually perennials (tender perennials) in warmer zones, like Salvia coccinea, S. Coccinea 'Lady in Red', Centratherum intermedium aka Brazilian Button bush, to name a few. I also have zinnias (although I'm about to experience severe burnout on these cuz you see so much and so many they become tiresome to see and read about). I like variety and unusual in my garden.

Every year I grow either Asclepias curassavica or A. physocarpus for the Monarchs (larval host plants), but they are also good nectar plants for all butterflies. I also adore Lantanas and Porterweeds, both tender perennials.

This year I'm growing some Tahoka Daisies, Larkspur, Sunflowers (for the butterflies and hummingbirds), Chocolate, Jamie Lynn, and a no-id dusky mauve morning glory, Moon vine, and Cardinal Climber. I have seeds of a red Asarina (Climbing Snapdragon) to plant yet, as well as a red Tecoma capensis and red Tithonia rotundifolia, Mexican Sunflower, not to mention several herbs.

I like to maintain a diverse, colorful, wildlife friendly garden because it's so much fun to watch and work in.

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Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Feb 18, 2016 11:55 AM CST
Hi Susan Welcome! You'll love the Asarina, they're delightful! Hummers enjoy them too.

Most of my garden is composed of perennials but I do enjoy annuals in containers on the deck and around the entrances. My current favorite is dragon wing types of begonias.

For the garden I gravitate toward old fashioned, re-seeding annuals that have a cottage garden appeal to my eye. Larkspur and Shirley Poppies are my favorites, but I also love cleome, nigella, four of clock, and balsam.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Susan Johnston
OKC, OK (Zone 7a)
Susanlynne48
Feb 18, 2016 8:19 PM CST
I can't wait to see it, and thanks for the gracious welcome!

I have grown Nigella in the past and it is a gem! I also grow Cleome, too. The Cabbage Whites lay eggs on it. We have the common pink 4 o'clocks in abundance and the sphinx moths love them. I grew some purple moon vines this last year they loved, too! I saved seeds to plant again this year.

I order a lot of seeds from Remy at The Sample Seed Shop. She sells small packets for around $1.25 to $2.00 and always has a nice variety.

Susan
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Name: Marie
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MyRee
Feb 23, 2016 3:19 PM CST
Hello all, I love seeing what everyone loves and grows. I am a little different from you all. I love the amaranths, loves lies bleeding and the torch varieties. The new ones that I grew last year and loved were the illumination amaranths. I also love petunias, they brighten up the whole garden and often reseed. Nasturtium are a favorite, but my summer gets a little to hot for them. I love any of the begonias with their bright colors. My asarina are perennial here and also reseed, they are always pretty. I grow large leaf caster bean and canna in the back of the gardens.
I do have a lot of perennials and plant the annuals among them. I also throw seed out in the early spring.
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Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Feb 23, 2016 4:46 PM CST
What a gorgeous display! I love petunias too- I love catching whiffs of the fragrance.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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Deebie
Feb 24, 2016 6:06 PM CST
I agree Simply gorgeous. What zone are you in?
Name: Marie
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MyRee
Feb 26, 2016 11:50 PM CST
Hi and thanks. I am in zone 5b to 6a. I live in northern Utah. I start all my petunia plants and some drop seed for the next year. That was the first year for this garden. I do have many more perennials now.
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Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
Feb 27, 2016 6:29 AM CST
You have quite a green thumb. Thumbs up Would you please look on the left side of this page and click on the 4th icon from the left, which is your personal profile, and put your location in the appropriate place. When you do this, it will show on the right side of all of your posts. This info is helpful to all of us. It helps us help you and it encourages those of us in a similar zone to try your suggestions/methods/recommendation, etc. Welcome! to ATP and Happy Gardening! Also, you can start your own (separate) thread on this forum to talk about whatever you want related to Annuals.

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