The Coolest Annuals For Your Home Garden     
by B. Keith Johnson

When you're learning about something new, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of relevant information available. This informative article should help you focus on the central points.

Annuals are among the most popular types of plants, and they are attractive to all levels of gardeners, from the first time gardener to the most experienced. Annuals certainly have much to recommend them, including beautiful blooms, bright vibrant colors, low cost and hardiness.

What sets annuals apart from other types of flowers is that they complete their entire life cycle in a single growing season. That means they grow from seed, bloom, set seed and die all within a single season. This of course means that annuals must be planted anew every year, but the gardener is rewarded for his or her hard work by a garden full of beautiful blossoms.

This article points out some of the coolest varieties of annuals for your home garden.

1. Pansies - Pansies do their best when they are planted in an area that receives full sunlight. Pansies should also be planted in tight masses, and they are often used as border or bedding plants. Pansies prefer a rich and well drained soil, and it is a good idea for the gardener to cultivate the area around the plants.

2. Primroses - Primroses are not true annuals, but they are treated as such by gardeners. Primroses are actually perennials, but most gardeners grow them as annuals and replant them every year. Primroses do their best in a well drained soil. Some types of Primroses prefer full sunlight, while others prefer to have partial shade. The staff at your local garden center can advise you on which varieties do best in full sun and which ones prefer the shade.

3. Impatiens - Impatiens are one of the most popular varieties of annuals, and their tolerance for shade makes them a perfect choice for almost any area of the garden. Impatiens do best in either shade or filtered sunlight, and they like a quick draining soil containing plenty of organic material. If you are planting Impatiens from nursery packs, it is important to loosen the root ball carefully and to place each plant in a rich potting soil, being sure not to cover the crown of the plant.

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Impatiens should be watered well after they are planted. After that initial watering, however, the gardener should wait until the first two inches of the soil has dried out before rewatering. In addition, no fertilizer should be given until the plants have begun to grow.

4. Marigolds - Marigolds are one of the most popular of the sun loving annuals. These plants are easy to care for, and they provide dependable blooms when provided with good care. Marigolds need a well drained soil in order to do well.

The color varieties of Marigolds is one of their best known features. The colors of Marigolds range from white, yellow, orange and red, in addition to all possible combinations of the four. The height of Marigolds varies as well, from a few inches to a few feet.

In addition to their beauty, many gardeners believe that Marigolds are able to repel common garden pests, and they are often planted near vegetable gardens for this reason.

5. Verbenas - Verbenas are also annuals that love the sun. In addition, Verbenas need hot weather in order to thrive, so they should be planted in the warmest parts of the garden, and the ones that get the most sunlight.

6. The Madagascar periwinkle - Madagascar periwinkles look somewhat like Impatiens, and they are often used as fillers in very sunny parts of a bed of Impatiens. These Periwinkles bloom through the summer and into the fall season, and they come in a variety of pink and white shades.

This article's coverage of the information is as complete as it can be today. But you should always leave open the possibility that future research could uncover new facts.

About the Author
B. Keith Johnson is a contributing author for Flower Gardens. Visit his other sites for Software & Product Reviews, Free Website Content and Free Photo Sharing
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