Now that the fall season is finally here, we have just received our annual shipment of fantastic fall bedding flowers that look great in pots and gardens. If you’re looking for instant fall color, look no further than these six annuals.
One of the easiest annuals to grow during the winter, the Pansy produces gorgeous single to multiple colored open-faced flowers in a wide range of striking colors. This fantastic winter annual grows in tight and short clumps from October to late spring and performs best when planted in full sun and given ample water. If planted in areas with partial shade the Pansy will produce a limited number of flowers. The pansy is also cold hardy and can handle lower winter temperatures.
A popular annual, the Geranium thrives in the winter months through spring producing white, pink, red, or purple flowers in heavy clusters on long stalks. The Geranium is extremely tolerant of all soils and looks fantastic in bedding areas and pots where instant color is needed. The Geranium grows in full to partial sun and you can add mulch to any Geraniums to help retain moisture.
If you’re looking for an overwhelming display of annual color, the Snapdragon is the perfect flower for your landscape. Snapdragons thrive in temperatures below 80 degrees with flowers ranging in colors from white, yellow, orange, salmon, pink, red, and burgundy. The flowers grow on stalks in lobes that are divided into upper and lower 'jaws'. Give the flowers a slight pinch on each side and the flower will open its 'dragon mouth'. Snapdragons perform well in full to partial sun and require regular water.
Long lasting color is what your landscape will have with Petunias, as they will flower from fall to very late spring once the temperature starts to rise. Petunia flowers are sometimes fragrant in funnel from to double ruffled colors of white, purple, pink, and red. Petunias can grow in full to partial sun.
Known for its large "pom-pom" like flowers, the Marigold is an ideal fall annual for the Phoenix area. The Marigold grows best in full sun and it's flower's grow on stems in tight vivid colors from yellow to orange. Able to handle various soil conditions, the Marigold can greatly increase its bloom and blooming times by removing spent flowers.
Very easy to grow, the "sweet" Alyssum produces small flowers in tight clusters of white, purple. pink and light blue. The Alyssum can tolerate various soil conditions and only requires light watering. It can grow is a flower bed, pot, or even hanging basket. For best results, plant the Alyssum in full sun.