Annuals

Annuals

Begonia Surefire Red and Surefire Rose
Surefire begonias are a very vigorous variety of begonia that are great for large containers or in the landscape. The plants grow to a height of 12 to 14 inches and spread 18 to 24 inches giving a big “wow” factor with only a few plants. They are available in red or rose blooms and do well in sun or shade, don’t require deadheading and are heat tolerant. Surefire begonias tolerate dry conditions, but do best with consistent watering and feeding. They are wonderful for unifying areas with differing light levels.  This photo of Surefire Rose was taken in mid-September, just before we cleaned out the planter. It attests to the fact that this begonia looks great all season!
Calibrachoa Superbells™ Doublette Love Swept
This double-flowered variety of calibrachoa from Proven Winners is covered in 1-inch double pink flowers edged with white giving them a very distinctive and appealing look. Growing 6 to 10 inches tall with a spreading, trailing habit up to 24 inches, they are perfect for hanging baskets or combination planters.  Doublette Love Swept has the additional benefits of continuous bloom, being drought and heat tolerant and not needing dead-heading. With regular watering and fertilizing they should look great all season. They will benefit by trimming off ¼ to 1/3 of their foliage in mid to late summer and then fertilizing with a fertilizer containing chelated iron.
Coleus Heartbreaker
Heartbreaker is a new variety of coleus with stunning pink foliage that does not fade in either full sun or full shade. This variety grows 14 to 26 inches tall and 14 to 16inches wide. It is easy to care for and does not flower until very late season or never. Heartbreaker is great for large containers or in the landscape. Regular watering and monthly fertilizer keep them looking good all season.
Dichondra Silver Falls
With its velvety, silver foliage and trailing habit, Dichondra Silver Falls makes a wonderful “spiller” plant in a container or hanging basket or a great ground cover for an annual bed. It is heat and drought tolerant, trails up to 4 feet, and does well in sun to part shade. The only care required is monthly fertilizer, regular watering and well-drained soil. They have a very attractive, cascading appearance in hanging baskets. The photo is of a hanging basket we grew for the Taco House.
Impatiens Beacon Select Mix
Beacon is a new variety of common garden impatiens that has been bred for resistance to Impatiens Downy Mildew disease. This disease has caused impatiens to mostly disappear from beds and planters in many areas of the country, due its widespread prevalence and devastating effects on impatiens plants. With 6 colors and 2 mixes available (Select Mix is shown here) gardeners will again be able to enjoy the bright colors of this popular shade-loving blooming plant in their planters and beds. They grow 15 to 20 inches tall and spread to 12 to 14 inches wide. Plant them in shade, part shade or sun.
Lantana Hot Blooded Red
Lantana Hot Blooded is a new variety of lantana with bright red, sterile flowers, which allow it to focus its energy on blooms instead of setting seed. Growing up to 18 to 24 inches tall, this variety is great for large containers or in beds, producing a non-stop show even in extreme heat conditions, such as along driveways and parking lots. Lantana are attractive to pollinators and the bright red bloom clusters are a favorite of hummingbirds. They are very drought tolerant, but do well with regular watering, well-drained soil and full sun.
Verbena Superbena Royale Plum
Superbena Royale Plum Wine is a variety of verbena from Proven Winners with bright, velvety plum flower clusters produced in abundance from planting until frost. Growing 6 to 12 inches tall and trailing up to 24 inches, these plants function as both a filler and a spiller in containers. They do well in sun to part sun, attract pollinators, do not require deadheading and are heat and drought tolerant and mildew resistant.  Plum Wine verbena goes well with almost any color combination.