Adding color to your established landscape really makes a flower bed look full and vibrant! If you have an empty annual bed it can seem overwhelming, but here are a few things to keep in mind!

The pictures below are from Jack and Dee Bigej’s yard (Al’s son and daughter in-law). Otherwise known as our test garden. Whenever Grandpa finds a new plant he wants to try out he tries it in Grandma’s yard first! Most of the plants you see in the stores passed Grandma’s test at one point and have her stamp of approval!

Starting Out

When deciding on how many plants you need, it may look daunting at first but plants grow fast. You might want to put them all together and really fill the space but that is what fertilizer is for! By fertilizing your plants it helps push new growth quicker and fill out your garden.

Three pack annuals are great for your flower beds. They may be small at first, but they are mighty and will grow big and strong! When planting the three packs a good rule of thumb is to put them about six inches apart.

Sun or Shade?

It is important to note if your annual beds are in the sun or shade before you choose the plants for you. On the back of our tags you may have seen things like “Full Sun” “Sun to Part Shade” “Shade” or something that is similar to these. “Full Sun” means that the plant can take the hot afternoon sun and really likes that atmosphere, whereas “Sun to Part Shade” means morning sun. “Shade” means they may be able to take a bit of morning sun because it is cooler than the hot afternoon sun but prefer mostly shade.

This flower bed on the right is mostly shaded so Grandma picked flowers that can take the shade but also provide some full color! She has Creeping Jenny, Lobelia, Begonias and Fuchsias from the bottom of the rocks up!

Watch Them Grow!

The first picture was taken on April 21, 2020 the day we planted and the second picture was taken on June 24, 2020! Look how much they filled out in just a two month period!

Pick out your flats in store or here online! All you need to do is get 12 three packs for a full flat to transform your garden!

Extra Tips

Containers are another great way to add a pop of color to your landscape! If you don’t want to get on your hands and knees and break your back, you can use containers to plant your annuals into your landscape!

Put in a drip system. Most plants take a lot of water in the hotter months and especially annuals. It is hard to keep up with watering every day, especially since it is time consuming. Having things on an automatic timer helps! This will also help keep your blooms fresh since they are not getting over head water on the blooms.

Fertilizer is your friend!!! We have a great water soluble fertilizer that works great on anything. How it works is that it helps by pushing out more and more blooms throughout the summer if you add the recommended amount once a week!

Buy it here online! Al’s Fertilizer Slow Release Water Soluble

More Resources!

Abundant Annuals Make for Beautiful Borders

Take Your Houseplants on a Summer Vacation

10 Tips for Choosing Healthy Plants at the Home Garden Center