seed starting - Knowledgebase Question

Greenmount, MD (Zone 7A)
Question by joseczrnc
May 12, 2005
What flowers grow along the ground and does not get high


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Answer from NGA
May 12, 2005

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There are many flowers that will stay low to the ground. To make a selection you would need to know if it is sunny or shady where you want to plant them and also what kind of soil is there, as well as how tall you have in mind. Once you know that you can begin to narrow down the list. Some low growing annuals you could start from seed might include the smaller varieties of marigold, sweet alyssum, sanvitalia, and creeping zinnia (Zinnia linearis) along with portulaca. All of these do well in a sunny spot. I would suggest you consult with your local garden center staff for help in evaluating the growing conditions where you want to plant, and help in selecting some things to try. I should mention it is a bit late in the season to be starting most annuals from seed, but it can still be done. Good luck with your project!

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