Georgia Gardener Newsletter Design Tip: September 7, 2006
Easy To Grow Annuals
This is the third and last in the series of easy to grow plants for Georgia. In the previous newsletters,
Easy to Grow Trees and Shrubs
Easy to Grow Perennials
This issue will cover annuals for a variety of sun and soil conditions and
cover both summer and winter. There are so many easy annuals that it would be hard to cover them all.
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:
- Site the plant correctly in terms of sun and shade
- Site the plant correctly in terms of soil moisture
- Install the plant correctly in properly prepared soil
- Get the plant established by watering for the first few weeks
- Install winter annuals in late September (zones 7-8) or October (zones 8+)
- Install summer annuals in early to mid April (zones 7-8) or mid to late March (zones 8+)
your soil every time you switch seasonal annuals and
- Many annuals are heavy feeders and may need frequent fertilization
Summer Annuals: Full Sun with Average to Dry Soil
Summer Annuals: Full Sun with Moist, Well-drained Soil
Summer Annuals: Part Shade/Shade with Average to Dry Soil
Summer Annuals: Part Shade/Shade with Moist, Well-drained Soil
Winter Annuals for Sun (S) and Part Shade (PS)
From Annual to Perennial
In recent years, our ever warming winters has allowed some previously annual plants to make it
through to spring thus becoming perennial, at least for now. Gardeners may have had these plants
return after the winter for several years, but the trend is moving more northward each year.
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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