Tag: Annuals

What is an AAS Winner?

        Have you noticed a little blue and red “AAS Winner” logo on some of the flower and vegetable photos in mail order nursery catalogs?  Have you wondered what that means and how a particular plant earns that designation?         AAS stands for All-American Selection.  The AAS designation is like the Good Housekeeping Seal of [Continue]

Zinnias Mean Summer

For many people, fresh cut grass, watermelon, sweet corn and birdsong are the smells, tastes and sounds that epitomize the word “summer.”  I’d add the sight of zinnias blooming cheerily in my garden to that list. I’ve grown zinnias every year since I planted my first garden over 30 years ago.  My mother gave me [Continue]

Take Another Look at Marigolds

Marigolds have long held a place in flower beds, so much so that they have almost become overused. Still, they are perfect for formal beds, as they know their bounds and are clean, neat and upright, never sprawling in an ungainly manner or becoming leggy and untidy. Beginning gardeners often turn to marigolds because they [Continue]

Lots to love about Calibrachoa

The first thing I love about calibrachoa is the way its name rolls up and down:  Kal-a-bra-KO-ah.  Secondly, its gorgeous! Calibrachoas look like mini-petunias, or petunias without their tattered petticoats.  Each plants has hundreds of inch-wide flowers giving rise to its common name, “Million Bells.” It’s an annual plant that comes to us from South [Continue]

Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums are one of the easiest annuals to grow from seed and once they germinate, they are carefree until frost. The big seeds look like bumpy brown peas, making them a good planting choice for beginning gardeners and children. Soaking the seeds overnight in warm water before planting makes them sprout faster. After all danger [Continue]

Beautiful Lantana

About this time last year I took a lackadaisical trip through the leftovers in the garden center at Fleet Farm. No matter how good the care given these plants, it is almost impossible to keep a flower in a tiny plastic pot looking good into July. Everything was pretty sad-looking. Then, the prettiest yellow flower [Continue]

Chamomile

      Have you seen those little white daisy-like flowers growing in the gravel at the very edges of country roads?  That is the herb chamomile.  You can grow a taller, prettier version in your garden. There are a few different types of chamomile with many different common names, but for simplicity here, we’ll talk about [Continue]