Gardening May 22, 2017 Sharara No comments

8 tips to take care of your annual plants

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.
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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.
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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).

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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!

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