Annuals

Ageratum houstonianum   Other Name floss flower   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Summer to frost in colors such as blue, white, violet and pink   Mature Height x Spread 6 to 24 inches x 6 to 12 inches   Added Benefits attracts butterflies, drought tolerant, deer resistant   Ageratum is a workhorse annual flower in many New England gardens. It’s a low growing, low maintenance annual that blooms all summer in sun or part shade with little care. The small mounding plants […]

Lobularia maritima Other Name sweet alyssum Sun Requirements Full sun, part sun Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Blooms all summer in colors of white, lavender or pink Mature Height x Spread 4 to 6 inches x  6 to 12 inches Added Benefits attracts butterflies, attracts beneficials, deer resistant   Alyssum is a low growing annual that is known for its carpet of sweet smelling white, violet or purple colored flowers. It grows and flowers best during the coolest parts of the summer in New England, but in northern and coastal […]

Learn about attracting bees to your garden, including the best plants to grow. Listen to podcast: You can design flower gardens to attract, butterflies, hummingbirds, and even bats, but what about the bees? Honey bees, bumblebees and native bees are essential to our food supply. It’s estimated 1/3rd of every bite of food we take can be attributed to bees. But bees have been having a rough time of late with mites and diseases destroying their hives. So let’s help bees out by growing some plants just for them. In […]

Watch this video on how to create a pollinator garden in your yard with information on plant varieties, habitat, water and shelter. Learn about the best ways to attract butterflies, bees, birds and other pollinators to your garden. Listen to podcast: Pollinator gardens are hot! Maybe it’s the press the two poster children of pollinators, Monarch butterflies and honey bees, are getting. Or it could be just a higher awareness of the role pollinators play in our food system and ecosystem. But it seems everyone is talking about helping pollinators. […]

Learn about growing begonias including information on the different varieties. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript Begonia spp   Other Name wax begonia   Sun Requirements part sun, part shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Summer until frost in colors such as white, pink, coral, salmon, and red   Mature Height x Spread 6 to 24 inches x 12 to 18 inches   Added Benefits attracts beneficials   Begonias are a broad group of shade-loving flowers. The wax-leafed begonia is probably the most popular annual for shade gardens and container […]

Calendula officinalis   Other Name pot marigold   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Early summer to fall in colors such as white, orange, gold, and yellow   Mature Height x Spread 12 to 30 inches x 12 to 18 inches   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, edible, deer resistant   Calendula is a bright, cheery addition to any annual garden. The small plants produce vibrant white, yellow or orange colored flowers, depending on the variety, from early summer through fall. The plants can even […]

Celosia argentea var cristata Other Name cockscomb   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Summer until fall in colors such as red, pink, yellow, apricot, gold and cream   Mature Height x Spread 6 to 24 inches x 8 to 12 inches   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, deer resistant   Whether you grow the feather-shaped or coral-like shaped celosia, you’ll be able to enjoy this annual flower with its multitude of colors from early summer until frost. Celosia is a classic bedding plant, meaning […]

Learn about chrysanthemums, including varieties and how to plant and grow them. Listen to Podcast: This common flower symbolizes fall as much as pumpkins and corn stalks. It’s been grown for thousands of years in China and Japan not only for its beauty, but for medicinal and culinary uses. A Chinese proverb says, “If you want to be happy for a lifetime, grow chrysanthemums.” Chrysanthemums have come a long way as far as their plant shape. Earlier varieties were so daisy-like with an irregular shape that English humorist P.G. Worehouse […]

Cleome hasslerana   Other Name spider flower   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Early summer until fall in colors such as white, pink, lavender and rose   Mature Height x Spread 3 to 6 feet x 12 to 18 inches   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, attracts hummingbirds, drought tolerant, deer resistant   Cleome or spider flower is often overlooked as a seedling in garden centers because of its nondescript, almost weedy, appearance. However, once established in the flower garden, cleome puts on a […]

Torenia fournieri   Other Name wishbone flower   Sun Requirements part sun, part shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color early summer to fall in colors such as red, violet, purple, white and bicolor   Mature Height x Spread 6 to 12 inches x 6 to 9 inches   Added Benefits attracts hummingbirds, deer resistant   If you want an annual to flower in the shade in New England, this is one most gardeners overlook. Torenia or clown flower is a low growing, mounded annual flower that produces tubular blooms […]

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