Heather's Top Ten
We have so many great annual options in store. Stop in to explore and discover your own perfect combination!
By Sargent's Annual Expert, Heather Meyer
- Calibrachoa/Superbells: Vibrant and unique blooms will fill in and cascade from hanging baskets and containers. No deadheading required! Superbells will bloom continuously all season long in full sun and an application of fertilizer every two weeks. Use these beauties to add a pop of color to a mixed container or planted alone for a mass of color. Try these exciting colors, ‘Pomegranate Punch’ or ‘Lemon Slice’.
- Coleus: Coleus are prized for their colorful foliage in either sun or shade locations. There are upright and trailing varieties ranging in heights from 10 to 48 inches. I enjoy utilizing coleus to add interest among flowers within containers. They also make a great addition to floral arrangements indoors.
- Euphorbia “Diamond Frost’: This delicate beauty accents containers on my front steps every summer. Enjoy mounds of airy white flowers all season. ‘Diamond Frost’ requires full to part sun, and reaches a height of 12 to 18 inches. It loves the heat and as an added bonus, deer are not attracted to it.
- Grass Juncus ‘Blue Mohawk’: This grass provides a striking upright, blue hue as a thriller in the landscape or containers. With a height of 24 to 36 inches, provide full sun for ‘Blue Mohawk’ to complement any color scheme. Try this grass or any other to replace a spike in your containers.
- Heliotropium: Rich royal purple, vanilla-scented flower clusters bloom all season. It’s perfect to use as a container filler at 6 to 12 inches high, and in full to part sun. Heliotropium is a feast for butterflies and hummingbirds.
- Lotus ‘Amazon Sunset’: My favorite foliage spiller! It has feathery silver foliage that trails up to 24 inches, and thrives in full to part sun. It occasionally produces vibrant red flowers if our nightly temperatures are below 60 degrees. Lotus is a stunner even without the flowers. Pair it with purple shades…gorgeous!
- Petunia ‘Cha-Ching Cherry’: Cherry-red blooms with a creamy-yellow star center are breathtaking. It mounds 10 to 16 inches and spreads 16 to 20 inches wide in full to part sun. ‘Cha-Ching Cherry’ was impossible to keep in stock last season because of its vibrant coloring.
- Rex Begonia: Who needs flowers when you can rely on a bold foliage statement? Leaf sizes vary, and plants reach 12 to 18 inches tall and wide. Add pizzazz to the shade, don’t overwater and skip the fertilizer. Rex begonias make wonderful, low maintenance indoor house plants- mine come inside before frost every fall.
- Torenia ‘Catalina Pink’: Snapdragon-like, two-toned pink flowers are heat and shade tolerant. Torenia is a spiller, reaching up to 16 inches, and no deadheading required. Torenia ‘Catalina Pink’ and a mix of coleus make a beautiful window box.
- Verbena bonariensis: Clusters of tiny lilac-purple flowers bloom atop this full sun statement annual. It can reach a height of 6 sturdy feet, and branches out profusely near the top. This verbena creates an airy feel to the garden. I have used it in containers paired with a tall coleus and a fuller flower such as a supertunia. It’s a butterfly’s dream come true.