Annuals forum: Information about annuals

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maddyd
Mar 29, 2018 11:10 AM CST
Hello everyone,

I am new to this forum. I would like to plant some no maintenance annuals. I have a lower back problem so although I love gardening, I cannot spend a lot of time doing it. Also, I am not very knowledgeable in this field. So hoping to ask questions from time to time.

Can someone suggest some beautiful annuals? I just want to plant them once and then just enjoy them every year.
I am in the Midwest. Thanks in advance.
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vic
Mar 29, 2018 11:14 AM CST
Portulaca and Purslane are both very easy - require little or no watering and no dead heading. They do require full sun.

If you only have shade, impatience would be good.

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maddyd
Mar 29, 2018 11:20 AM CST
Thanks a lot, Vic. I will try petunia.

I did put a lot of wildflower seed last year- it was a big bed of flowers, but was very uneven. Some plants very tall and some were small. So although people said it looked good, i did not like it. But that's just me being a perfectionist :)
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ZenMan
Mar 29, 2018 12:03 PM CST
maddyd said:Thanks a lot, Vic. I will try petunia.

Hello maddyd, Welcome!
You do know that Vicki did not recommend Petunias, but Portulaca and Purslane. ???

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maddyd
Mar 29, 2018 12:06 PM CST
So sorry. Thanks for pointing that out. I proved that I am really dumb in this area.
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ZenMan
Mar 29, 2018 11:25 PM CST
maddyd said:So sorry. Thanks for pointing that out. I proved that I am really dumb in this area.

Hello maddyd, Welcome!
You are not dumb. That was just a simple mistake, and we all make them. I like to grow zinnias, but they do not qualify for your requirements of just planting them once and then just enjoying them every year. I spend a lot of time with my zinnias, and I breed them as a hobby. You can click on these photos to see larger versions of them.
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I am a senior citizen and I do not like to stoop or kneel to work on my zinnias, so I use one of those rolling tractor seats that make it handy to remain seated while working on my zinnias. This is a link to a description of the rolling seat that I use.

https://www.gardeners.com/buy/...

They also have a lower version that I may purchase to try that out.

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Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Mar 30, 2018 3:52 AM CST
You are possibly in luck. Once you plant an annual, you get flowers all year. I think Marigolds are almost indestructable Zinnias are close, and Salvias next, with the Salvias providing bright red, the marigolds orange, and the Zinnias mixed colors.

You probably can't go wrong with those.

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lauriebasler
Mar 30, 2018 6:54 AM CST
I just want to mention, your post says you want to plant once and enjoy them year after year. Annuals are plants that grow quickly and put on a big show for one season. They do not return, like perennials do. If they do come back it will be from seed not from the plant, and there are some that will reseed well, but usually annuals have to be planted each year.

Nasturtiums are an easy going annual that often return year after year from the seeds they drop. They can grow in a garden bed or in pots.
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Snapdragons are another annual I have had return. That is all I have. It would be helpful to know your zone, as what grows and returns well in one zone may not in other zones. If you have any neighbors gardening I would ask them what their favorite annuals are.
I found Clarkia very easy and really lovely for cut flowers, I grew them from seed which was just a matter of dropping them in some light soil. Not hard work at all. They did not reseed for me, but so easy anyway, I had to mention them.

Welcome, and Good luck. It will be fun to see what you choose to grow.

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purpleinopp
Mar 31, 2018 6:35 AM CST
Hi & welcome!

Laurie has a good point, perennial plants live indefinitely. Annuals provide one garden-year of enjoyment, then are gone, either because they are true annuals that die after completing the cycle of blooming and producing seeds, or because they are not suited to permanent survival in the climate where sold and are killed by weather.

It sounds to me like you want perennials, not annuals. Relying on reseeding to keep the plants going year after year will mean that a lot of other seeds will be trying to sprout in the same area that is barren every spring. Not that planting perennials eliminate the need to remove unwanted sprouts, but each perennial plant stakes its' claim, and it's much less likely that other seeds will sprout in the same space.

If you are unable to bend, raised beds &/or tall containers might be the solution. Then you can plant whatever you want, whenever the weather allows.
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