Are you an annual gardener and do not want to garden more than once a year? Here are some recommendations for anyone preferring annual plants.
1. Purchase seedlings
Seedlings in lots of six or eight of the same variety are often a very wise choice because of their promotional price.
- The best plants are those that have good roots but have not yet begun to bloom.
- At the end of the season, beware of hungry and desiccated plants, even if they are free.
2. Buy packages of individual seeds
Many seed stores sell small packets of seed mixtures under the description “scented”, “color mix”, “shaded area” or “drought resistant”.
- Too often, these packages do not contain all the specific information you need.
- Unless you want a garden full of surprises, buy packages of individual seeds that provide advice on plant size, spacing, and maintenance.
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3. Trace your plantations
Consider the appropriate height and spacing of each annual plant type and draw a plan on paper.
- Color it with pastels or colored pencils to get an idea of the overall effect.
4. Avoid planting straight lines
Strive to shift them, draw curves in different directions or simply plant in groups or massifs.
- Individual annual plants are often lost in the setting but a group of three to five plants grows to produce a colored mass.
5. Play with sizes and types
Give height by placing large flowers behind the shorter ones to obtain an excellent contrast by choosing annual plants that have a daisy (zinnias) type corolla and others with vertical tips (pages).
6. Double the bet with colored pots
Many garden centers sell pots and planters already flowering with a composition of annual plants in harmonious colors.
- Enjoy a ready-made composition to become a living work of art for a few weeks, then pinch the plants, cut the roots with a sharp knife and transplant them into your garden.
- Within three weeks, they should start to grow vigorously and bloom longer than they would have if you had left them in their original pot.
- Clean the pot and replant it with a new group of flowers.
7. Simplify to reduce maintenance
Collecting in a single color or a simple combination of two colors creates an elegant, unified effect that is particularly suitable for entrances and bins on windows.
- By keeping to two or three types of annual plants, you also simplify maintenance because you can plant, care for and feed more plants at the same time.
- Think for example pastel roses, lavender, and yellow which are particularly pleasant in the morning or evening light. However, they tend to fade in direct sunlight.
- The bright reds and oranges stand out for light and are easily visible from a distance.
8. Try a little-colored foliage
There are more and more annuals with brightly colored foliage that blend beautifully with flowers in full bloom.
- Look for ornamental sweet potato vine, strobilates, helichryse and other annual species with leaves that catch the eye.
In short, if you want to have a beautiful garden but do not want to spend a lot of time dealing with it, annual plants are the solution for you. A small session of express gardening and the tour is played!