Favorite 2012 Annual Flowers

I have to confess that I prefer gardening with perennials for my garden flowers, however every year I do plant a few annual plants to fill in here and there. At the end of the summer season I take stock and decide which annual flower I liked enough to plant again. Here are a few from this years garden. Please note that I refer to these plants as annual flowering plants as they are not winter hardy in my area. Some may be tropical shrubs or tender perennials.

 Heliotrope

Really bright dark purple clustered blooms that are very attractive to bees and butterflies. What I like most is the fragrance, smells like baby talc powder to me.

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Shrimp Plant

Beloperone guttata comes from Mexico. The dull pink bracts that shield the

white flowers look like a shrimp’s body. This one was fun to grow.

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  Petunia Black Velvet

Grown in a container this was a winner the entire season. I thought it was going to bloom itself to death. The name describes it perfectly.

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Morning Glory ‘Heavenly Blue’

Tends to be a late bloomer here but the sky blue color is amazing. I think next year I will start the seeds indoor to get an earlier start.

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  Moonflower

Even later than the morning glories but what a beautiful white bloom, plus the fragrance. You have to stay out late to enjoy this one.

Hollyhock

At 8 feet tall and 5 feet wide this giant never stopped blooming all summer.

Larkspur ‘Blue Spire’

A very dark cool blue. I’m hoping it will reseed itself for next year. I wouldn’t mind this plant popping up anywhere.

Portulaca

An indestructible ground covering plant. It literally thrives in dry gravel and sand where nothing else dares to grow.

Sweet Pea Mixed Colors

A small climber but such wonderful shades of pink, blue and lilac. Very fragrant, a somewhat honey-orange scent. There are annual and perennial sweet peas but the perennials have no fragrance.

 Evening-Scented Stocks 

Planted these for the bees. They look their best in the evening but smell great. Good to plant near a sitting area. 

Bottle Gourd

A lovely vine with pristine white blooms that bloom in the evening and emit a light perfume. The gourds are fascinating to watch grow and later will be useful for crafting.

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Painted Tongue – Salpiglossis

Shades of red-brown, deep blue, purple, rose and yellow. Find a sheltered half shaded area for this plant.

Love in a Mist – Nigella

A great old fashioned garden plant. Persian Jewels produces flowers in pale blue, rose, pink or white. The flowers develop into fat, decorative seed pods great for dried flowers arrangements.

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