Looking for that pop of color for your garden? Maybe a burst of beauty in your pots or containers? Patuxent Nursery’s Annuals Department is ready and waiting for you! We have a large variety of blooming annuals for sale. Our experienced staff will help you choose the right plants for the right place to ensure your efforts succeed beautifully.
Annuals are plants that flower and die in the same growing season. Even though they last a short time, they add so much color and beauty to your garden that they are considered an integral part of your landscape. There are early spring annuals, mid season annuals and summer annuals. Some do well in shade, some in sunny areas and some in partially sunny spots so no matter what planting space you have, there are annuals that will work perfectly for you. Annuals are versatile and can be used in landscape beds, in window boxes, hanging baskets, containers or to border perennial plants in your beds. You are only limited by your imagination!
Summer Annuals from A to Z
There are plenty of annuals that thrive in the heat of the summer. Lantana, Geraniums, Begonias, Impatiens, Petunias, Marigolds and Vinca are just a few. From Ageratum to Zinnia, we’ve got you covered. If you’re into instant gratification, add glorious color and beautiful blooms to your landscape now!
Ageratum does well in sun to partial shade and works well in packs, pots and in the garden. This compact beauty has tons of blue-purple flowers and gorgeous green foliage. It grows quickly and blooms profusely.
Marigolds are easy to care for and grow in a wide range of conditions. A fast growing annual, Marigolds thrive in full sun provided they get enough water. They are disease resistant and look great as cut flowers, either live or dried.
Geraniums work well indoors, in landscape beds or in hanging baskets. If growing indoors, make sure they get plenty of light and are placed in moderate temperatures. Outdoors, they require moist, well draining soil with lots of sunlight. Wait to plant until after the threat of frost is gone. Be sure to water deeply weekly and regularly deadhead the spent blooms.
Begonias, or wax begonias as they are also known, grow quickly and fill in spaces easily. They work well in mass plantings or in hanging baskets. They are deer resistant and can thrive in both sunny and shady areas, but can become susceptible to disease in full sun locations during the heat of summer. Planning for afternoon shade for your begonias will help with this. Deadhead spent blooms and keep soil moist, but not too wet.
Gerbera Daisies are bright and cheerful and thrive in full sun and sandy soil. A little shade is okay but without full sun for the bulk of the day, the plants will get leggy and won’t have as many blooms. Water in the morning so the leaves have time to dry out during the day. Liquid fertilizer is beneficial for these beauties.
Zinnias are undemanding annuals that need full sun, warmth and well drained, nutrient soil. Regular deadheading will keep them attractive and lead to more blooms. Zinnias are perfect for a beginning gardener as they are easy to care for and maintain.
Zinnias work wherever you need color. With a wide array of colors, there is a zinnia to match your palette.
Zinnias come in a tall version, a creeping or spreading type or a shorter version to fit in exactly where you need them.
Petunias will provide long term color for your summer garden. They need regular watering and as much sunlight as possible to thrive and produce more blooms. Soil should have composted organic matter in it and will benefit from regular fertilizing and weekly feedings. Deadheading spent blooms will help in appearance and encouraging new blooms.
Hanging baskets offer a breathtaking array of color combinations that can instantly add beauty to any area. If you are looking for a quick way to get mature flowers that are showy and elegant, a hanging basket will offer instant gratification. Patuxent Nursery has them in many mixes for both sun and shade loving flowers. For a more classic look, choose a beautiful Boston Fern basket that adds texture and a lovely pop of green wherever they are placed, be it from the porch or a shepherd’s hook. Hanging baskets also make a great gift for Mother’s Day, a hostess gift or a house warming gift.
Ready to start your garden but you’re short on space? Maybe you live in an apartment or townhouse or space is limited in your yard. Or, you just want to add an extra pop of color on the patio or porch. No worries – container gardening can be an easy and quick fix. All you need is the container, soil, fertilizer and plants.
You’ve probably heard the terms “Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers”. In containers that have multiple plant varieties, adhering to this philosophy will create an eye-catching display when planted in groups of one, three, five or more. Thrillers – these are your “look at me” plants – colorful plants with a unique shape. Add one or three of these to your container to add height and drama. Fillers – these guys fill in the space and create a lush, filled container. Odd numbers of one or three plants works best, depending on the size of your pot. These plants are typically mounded or rounded. Spillers – choose three or five plants that will trail down the side of the container, or ‘spill’, to complete your display. Place them close to the edge for maximum effect.
Custom Annual Containers
Are you looking for something more specific or different for your outdoor living space but you’re not sure where to start? Let our plant experts design a custom pot that’s perfect for you! Just bring in your favorite plant pot, or purchase one here, and one of our designers will be happy to create a custom container for you.
Prices start at $10, plus the cost of the plants and soil:
12 – 16″ Pot $10 Design Fee
18 – 24″ Pot $15 Design Fee
24 – 30″ Pot $20 Design Fee
Visit us on Sundays between 11am – 2pm and our designer will be available to help you!
Yes, you can have bold colors or pretty pastels in the shady parts of your yard! Before you plant shade annuals, it’s best to know what kind of shady areas you actually have. Full shade is an area that is deep shade all day long. If you can’t grow grass in this spot, you will have a hard time growing annuals that need some sunlight. Part shade means half sun, either in the morning or afternoon and light shade is a location with shade created by tall trees and some times of full sun or shade throughout the day. Be sure to read the tag on your plants before planting to make sure you are choosing the best spot for them in your yard.
Some favorite shade annuals include Coleus, Torenia, Persian Chocolate and New Guinea Impatiens. Other great shade annuals include Caladium, Impatiens, Viola and Vinca.
Coleus dazzle the eyes with bright, colorful leaves. They look great either in a container pot or in a flower bed. This shade annual is grown for it’s leaves, not it’s flowers. Coleus is a tender tropical that thrives in the heat. It’s easy to grow and flourishes in the summertime. Some Coleus are ‘trailers’ and are perfect for hanging baskets.
Vinca provides nonstop beauty from early summer until fall. It’s drought tolerant and requires almost no maintenance. Great in mass plantings or in containers, these beauties attract butterflies, too. Plant in a sunny location with well-drained soil and when planting in pots use commercial potting mix. Fertilize regularly and don’t worry about deadheading as it’s not necessary.
Caladium are tuberous tropical plants known for their spectacular foliage. Because they are fast growing, they can be enjoyed as an annual in the summer in cooler climates and all year long as a houseplant. They thrive in warm, humid shade and work well in landscape beds and container pots. They pair nicely with ferns and astilbe, as well as ornamental grasses.
New Guinea Impatiens are shade lovers, unlike traditional Impatiens. New Guinea Impatiens can tolerate up to a half day of sun in some areas of the country but it thrives in light shade. Fill your beds with these colorful beauties as they look best in mass plantings. Keep the soil moist with soaker hoses and water daily in the hot summer months. Monthly feedings a low-nitrogen plant food will also encourage growth and flower production. Use in container pots or hanging baskets, too, making sure to move them to the shade for most of the day.
Now you’re ready to add annuals to your beds, window boxes, hanging baskets or containers! Stop by Patuxent Nursery today and our helpful staff will be happy to assist you in choosing the right plants for your yard. Have a question now? Contact our Annuals Department directly.