Annual border - Knowledgebase Question

Bowling Green, Ke
Question by ttm97
April 7, 2010
I have a garden that is 12' x 25'. Would it benefit my garden to plant some annuals around the edge of the garden? If so, what plants would you recomend? I have heard marigolds help control some pests. thank you in advance.

Answer from NGA
April 7, 2010


There are so many colorful annuals from which to choose, I barely know where to begin! Try growing Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus), bedding Begonia (Begonia semperflorens x cultorum), or ornamental peppers. Ornamental peppers grow vigorously throughout the summer to produce an eye-catching display of bright red and orange fruit from August until frost. The fruit is edible but extremely hot!

Blue Salvia, Mealy Cup Sage (Salvia farinacea), Creeping Zinnia (Sanvitalia procumbens), Cleome or Spider Flower (Cleome hasslerana), and Melampodium (Melampodium paludosum) are bushy, well branched plants produce yellow, daisy-like flowers on green foliage all summer long. They are heat tolerant with no apparent disease or pest problems. The plants may self sow.

Enjoy your colorful garden!

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