Annuals are plants that complete their life cycle in one growing season: they are “here today, gone tomorrow”. Still, in this one season of growth they bloom for an incredibly long time and often in majestically beautiful colours. We stock two kinds of annuals in our garden centre in Poynings: hardy annuals to sow directly from March onwards, and half-hardies to sow under cover because they don't like frost. For each annual plant that we have to offer we guarantee you will lose your heart to them.
A VARIETY OF HARDY ANNUALS TO PLANT IN SLIGHTLY COLD WEATHER
A hardy annual plant is able to cope with a slight freeze and can be planted safely in early fall or late spring. However, they do not survive freezing temperatures for a long time. Plant hardy annuals in the ground instead of in a container or pot, since the ground will keep them warm. Some of the hardy annuals we have in stock are:
- Ammi majus: lacy white flowers over feathery foliage;
- Poached egg plant (Limnanthes douglasii): cheery yellow-and-white flowers;
- Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena): starry blue or white flowers followed by architectural seedheads;
- Ladybird poppies (Papaver communtatum 'Ladybird'): scarlet papery petals each with a black blotch;
- Nasturtiums: abundant red, orange or creamy flowers over rounded leaves.
PLANT COLOUR IN YOUR GARDEN WITH THESE HALF-HARDY ANNUALS
Half-hardy annuals are, in contrast to hardies, not hardy at all. They want to be planted outside once the frost is completely over and have to be taken inside when it is starting to get cold again. Well-known half-hardies are Cosmos, Zinnias and the Swan river daisy. The ‘Purity’ variant of Cosmos consists of clear white daisies with yellow centres on long stems. The Zinnias are beautiful pompom flowers in brilliant scarlets, yellows and purples. These flowers really bring out the colour in your garden. The swan river daisy is a type of daisy of a profuse mauve colour, tumbling over pots and baskets. Apart from these annuals, the nemesia, a perfect container plant with pretty, delicate blooms, and the tobacco plant (nicotiana) with its charming open flowers in pink, cream and green, are beautiful additions to your flower garden.
WHAT ANNUALS SHOULD YOU PUT IN YOUR GARDEN?
Because of our great variety of annuals you will unsurprisingly be wondering what plant fits your needs best. Fortunately our experienced employees know all there is to know about hardies and half-hardies. Please ask the staff in our Poynings garden centre for more information and advice about choosing and growing annuals.