Annual plants are here-today, gone-tomorrow party girls. They may have just one season in the sun, but what a season: they flower for an incredibly long time and are invariably so spectacularly beautiful you'll lose your heart to them. We stock two kinds of annual in our garden centre in Trowbridge - Wiltshire: hardy annuals to sow direct from March onwards, and half-hardies to sow under cover as they don't like frost.
Whether you're looking to perk up the planters on your porch or round out your garden, these annual flowers will add colour and interest to your yard. While they will need to be replaced each year, these plants will flourish with pretty petals all spring, summer, or fall.
- Angelonia: these heat- and drought-tolerant flowers are perfect for gardeners down south. Even the hottest, sunniest days won't ruin these beauties. In warmer regions, they'll continue to flourish through the fall.
- Begonia: these dainty flowers, which bloom in shades of white, pink, and red, require very little maintenance and upkeep (no deadheading or pruning required!). When fall arrives, you can move them indoors or dig up their tubers to reuse for the following year.
- Chrysanthemum: if you're looking to add some fresh blooms to your fall landscape, chrysanthemums (or simply, mums) are a must-have. Pick them up at your local nursery and add them to planters, or grow them from seeds starting in the spring.
- Cosmos: these cute and feminine flowers grow taller the more you cut them (and faster, too), meaning you'll have pretty petals (in shades of pink, white, or purple) in your garden all summer long.
- Dahlias: these stunning flowers will make your garden beds look oh-so-lush. From honeycomb-like shapes to fluffy peony-esque varieties, there are endless options. They're incredibly easy to grow and with proper care, you can dig up and reuse the tubers year after year.
How to care for your annuals
- Water is an annual’s number one need: all that lusty growth and continuous flowering requires fuel. A thirsty plant can’t sustain the show for long. Regular, deep soakings are best because they reliably supply water to the roots, which leads to a stress-free life of consistent growth and bud and bloom production.
- Regular doses of plant food significantly boost your annuals: the leaves become healthier and greener, and you end up with more buds and flowers.
- Deadhead your annuals regularly: your annuals look nicer when you do this, of course, but removing the flowers also thwarts the plant from the energy-intensive process of producing seeds, and the plant responds by diverting its energy back into making more flowers.
- Pinch back top growth to encourage bushy growth: to keep annuals from getting too leggy, you may want to pinch or shear them a couple of times early in the season. This process is called pinching because you can actually pinch off the top of each stem between your thumb and forefinger — but using scissors or pruning shears can be quicker and easier.
Buy your annuals at Trowbridge Garden Centre
Please ask the staff in our garden centre in Trowbridge - Wiltshire for more information and advice about choosing and growing annuals. Besides annuals we also offer a lot of other products as, container plants, bulbs and perennials. You can find our opening hours and location at our contact page. We hoop to see you soon at Trowbridge Garden Centre in Trowbridge-Wiltshire!