Georgia Gardener Newsletter Design Tip: June 11, 2009

Easy To Grow Summer Annuals

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Annuals, for lack of a better term, are the Kamikazes of the garden. Since they have no long term future, they exhaust all of their energy by producing beautiful flowers and/or foliage for an entire season before dying. Whether planted in small "pockets" for a splash of color amongst permanent plantings or massed across large areas, they provide season-long beauty that can be quite eye-catching.

In Georgia because we have relatively mild winters, we have two annual seasons: warm (or summer) which goes from spring to fall and cool (or winter) which goes from fall to spring. Summer annuals are usually planted in mid April and are then replaced by winter annuals in mid to late September. This issue will focus on the summer annuals for a variety of sun and soil conditions. There are so many easy annuals that it would be hard to cover them all and new ones are introduced each year. Those that are listed below are plants that I've grown and have found them to be beautiful and easy.

Remember, to have the best chance of success with your annuals:

Full Sun with Average to Dry Soil

Full Sun with Moist, Well-drained Soil

Part Shade/Shade with Average to Dry Soil

Part Shade/Shade with Moist, Well-drained Soil

Additional Information

Dr. Allan Armitage, UGA Professor of Horticulture, is one of the world's authorities on herbaceous plants. He has several books, including one on annuals:

Armitage's Garden Annuals A Color Encyclopedia

You can also visit the web site of UGA's Trial Garden to see the latest trials (with pictures) being conducted by Dr. Armitage for both annuals and perennials. The trial garden is free and open to the public year round and hosts several open houses through the season.

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