March 20th is finally here, marking the first official day of Spring. To usher in this much-anticipated season of sunny days and time spent outdoors, we would like to introduce you to the top annuals that do not get near enough stage time. Read on to discover these unsung beauties and the benefit they can add to your landscape.
Scaevola: This dainty yet enduring plant is the ideal option for a border or planter. It grows to a low height and looks great in the ground or in planters. Even better, Scaevola will last you the whole spring and summer. It thrives in heat, doesn’t cycle often, and can tolerate drought once established. Look for this flower in blue, white, and pink.
Euphorbia: Perhaps the most underused, the carefree Euphorbia makes an excellent addition to a spring landscape. It blooms throughout the summer heat and settles very nicely in a bed or planter. Some may call it “weedy,” but we find its delicate and breezy appearance the ideal filler for beds or pots.
Gomphrena: Described as “tough as nails” by Floriculture Director Leah Quarles, Gomphrena can withstand drought and blooms prolifically, even when summer heat is in full-throttle. In addition to its resolve, Gomphrena boasts versatility, working nicely in beds, planters, as cut flowers, and even dried. You can find this flower in shades of purples, red, and orange.
Pentas: When looking for a plant of medium height for a bed, consider Pentas. These pretty flowers come in vibrant shades of pink, red and purple, as well as white. Pentas not only add variety to a bed, they thrive in heat and can be drought tolerant once established. You will be glad to know that Pentas require little pruning and do not “cycle” quite as often as other flowers.