Planning First Flower Garden - Knowledgebase Question

St. Charles, IL
Question by lisahendrick
April 19, 1998
I'm planning my very first garden and like exotic, colorful plants. What do you suggest in the way of plants - especially flowers - for a zone 5 "beginner?"


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Answer from NGA
April 19, 1998

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I'd suggest a mix of annuals and perennials, especially this first year. The perennials take a year or two to get established and begin flowering, so the annual flowers will give you color this summer. For full sun, here are a few suggestions (there are so many to choose from!)

Perennials: Achillea, columbine, delphinium, hardy hibiscus, poppies

Annuals: gazania, calendula, portulaca, salvia 'Flare', nasturtium, sunflowers, zinnias

I hope this helps you get started!

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