Annuals forum: Florida Annuals

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Jul 29, 2015 10:30 AM CST
Hi! My name is Becky and I am a daylily addict ....

Oops! Wrong website....

Just kidding!

I do however need some advice that maybe some of the gardeners on this forum can help me with.

I do indeed have an obsession with daylilies to the point of having built several dedicated raised beds for them. Unfortunately, daylilies only bloom at different times of the season. I would like to add some annuals to give color in these beds when the daylilies are NOT blooming instead of seeing just daylily leaves. My dilemma is that I need plants that are TRUE annuals in Central Florida. I don't want my daylilies competing for root space with other plants. I figured (maybe in error) that annuals would be better behaved that perennials because they die after the season finishes. Any ideas or suggestions to help with this dilemma I have having would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.
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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Jul 30, 2015 9:39 AM CST
Daylilies are commonly used in cottage gardens where plants are so thick the ground can't be seen, people can't walk through. Unless you slice through a bunch of roots planting other stuff, I don't think the daylilies would mind some companions, as long as they don't loom over & shade the lilies.

Beds of daylilies are a good place to put bulbs for some winter blooms, like daffodil/narcissus. Then there are bulbs that bloom in the fall, like Lycoris aurea & radiata. There are other Lycoris, but I haven't had the pleasure of trying any of the others here in AL. All of the similar grassy-type foliage can blend together, and hide each other when one kind of plant is going dormant.
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Zinnias are reliable performers, but probably at their height at the same time as daylilies. Geraniums (Pelargonium) & Heliotrope love hot, dry weather and would probably still be killed where you are, some winters.
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Pansies are great to plant in the fall, for blooms all winter, will be killed by heat in the spring.
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Pentas love sunny spots, but the Pentas is probably perennial where you are, and might get a bit big. Could be something to consider toward the back, if your bed has a back/front.
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You might like some of the sun Coleus. With those, it's the foliage that's the star, not blooms. The one called 'Florida Sun Jade' is one I've tried that's just awesome.
Coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides 'Florida Sun Jade')
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Jul 30, 2015 9:46 AM CST
Tiffany - Thank you for taking the time to reply to my post! Lots of ideas for plants to add. I will be checking into each one to see what might work here.

I do like the Coleus and any dwarf/miniature cultivars might work well. The foliage is beautiful!. Thanks so much for your suggestions!!
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Garden Rooms and Becky's Budget Garden
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Jul 30, 2015 9:54 AM CST
I just saw the spider lilies! Oh my! I am now kicking myself as I had the opportunity to get some for reasonable last year. Unfortunately at that time I was having a problem with some critter digging up bulbs in my garden, so I didn't get them after all. Now I wished I did!

I really like those beautiful red blooms and I do encourage hummingbirds to my yard. What a great suggestion!!! Thanks, Tiffany! Thank You!
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
Garden Rooms and Becky's Budget Garden
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Native Plants and Wildflowers
Bulbs Foliage Fan Tropicals Butterflies Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents
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purpleinopp
Jul 30, 2015 10:09 AM CST
I tip my hat to you. :+)
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