The term annual refers to those garden flowers that complete their life cycle in one growing season. This means seed is planted in the spring, the plants grow, flower, set seed and then die usually after the frosts in the fall. Hardy annuals are those that can stand the most cold and can tolerate cold soil, cool air and light frosts without being damaged. Ornamental cabbage and kale, pansy, snapdragon, sweet alyssum, calendula and dusty miller fall into this category. These can usually be planted about four weeks before the frost free date in your area.
Pansies, petunias, and snap dragons are great choices because they like cool weather, add vibrant color, and grow well in containers. Ideally, your spring garden will showcase both annuals and perennials. Stop in and browse our garden center displays for 2020 and enjoy nature’s “palette” of colors. We offer seasonal color plants so that you have a garden for every season.