Flower beds - Knowledgebase Question

Montgomery, Al
Question by lyndacahill
May 5, 2010
I need some advice for a sunny flower bed. What kind of annuals do best that will spread. Beoganias do not do well.I usually plant pansies in this spot in the fall.

Answer from NGA
May 5, 2010


Some outstanding plants for a sunny bed include : Cosmos sulphureus (orange cosmos), Gaillardia pulchella (blanket flower), Gomphrena globosa (globe amaranth ), Leonotis nepetifolia (annual lion's) Phaseolus acutifolius (tepary bean), Portulaca grandiflora (moss rose), Zinnia elegans (zinnia) and Zinnia haageana (Mexican zinnia). Succulents include: Agave americana (agave ), Aloe saponaria (soap aloe), Aloe vera (medicinal aloe), Euphorbia tirucalli (pencil tree), Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi (South American air plant), and Tradescantia pallida (purple heart). These are all drought tolerant once established and require very little maintenance. Best wishes with your sunny garden bed!

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