Replacing Tired Annuals

Marigold is an excelent fall annual that will bloom till frost

Marigold is an excellent fall annual that will bloom until frost.

Boy, many of my flowering annuals are either tired looking or dead. I was so happy today to see the first fall annuals appearing in stores. Marigolds, zinnias, and petunias are the ones that perform best for me. You can add a touch of color to your garden by treating in one of two ways. You can mix with the plants that have dead spots and will come back and bloom well in the fall, or simply repace a whole exiting bed.  In either case, I buy plants in at least a 4 inch pot, and make sure the soil is dug really deep and is friable around the the plants you are planting. Be sure the soil is well watered when the plants are planted. I generally buy plants like the ones shown above, just coming into flower. Also the biggest issue you will have this fall is keeping these plants well watered, if we have the typical dry fall. Fresh looking flowering plants are a great touch to a beautiful garden in the fall.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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