In talking with garden friends and nursery staff, it seems old-fashioned annuals are back in vogue this year. Perhaps itâ€™s botanical comfort food during the recession, or maybe itâ€™s just a natural cycling around again. Whatever the reason, here are some tried-and-true annuals to enjoy in your garden this year. — Jenny P.
Impatiens — Lots of colors and wonderful for shady areas! They like lots of water, though, so donâ€™t let them dry out.
Geraniums — There is something so cheerful about these plants! Choose from red, pink, white, or salmon. Let the soil dry out a bit between waterings and remove the old flowers by snapping them off at the base of the stem.
Marigolds — Sunny and ruffly — thereâ€™s a reason our grannies planted these! And hereâ€™s an added benefit: if you like to vegetable garden, plant marigolds around the edges of your garden to deter pesky veggie-eating bugs.
Begonias — Small flowers in red, pink and white, with green or bronze foliage. Plant them close together for more impact. Theyâ€™ll also take a bit of shade where the many other annuals want full sun.
Zinnias — There are so many colors and varieties of zinnias that youâ€™re sure to find one that fits what youâ€™re looking for! Just remember to be careful of overhead watering; zinnias are susceptible to powdery mildew and donâ€™t like water on their foliage. Aim the hose at the base of the plant or use a drip system.