ANNUALS WHICH WILL GROW ON VERY POOR SOIL

Provided is a list of annuals and perennials that grow well in very poor soil. If addtional infromation is required about the plant, please use the search feature on the page. Bartonia (Mentzelia aurea) Were it not for the straggling growth, Barlonia aurea (Menlzelia lindleyi) would be a much more popular annual. The glistening, Poppy-like flowers are golden and are […]

CELOSIA Cockscomb, Annual Flower Information

Whoever has grown a few of the various Celosias has surely been charmed either by their beauty or their fantasy of form. Celosias are sometimes confused with Amaranthus, which, however, is coarser and of which the colors are not so clear. THE SORTS To GROW. Cockscomb, C. cristata (C. coccinea). This species has huge, laterally flattened heads, which in many […]

ANNUALS FOR CUT FLOWERS

ANNUALS FOR CUT FLOWERS # Acroclinium (Everlasting) Amaranthus caudatus (Love-lies-bleeding) *Antirrhinum (Snapdragon) Arctotis grandis (Bushy Arctotis) Argemone (Pricklepoppy) Browallia demissa B. speciosa *Calendula officinalis (Pot-marigold) *Callistephus (China Aster) *Centaurea moschata (Sweet-sultan) Chrysanthemum Clarkia elegans Coreopsis tinctoria (Calliopsis) *Cosmos *Delphinium ajacis (Rocket Larkspur) *Dianthus chinensis (China Pink) Dimorphotheca aurantiaca (Cape-marigold) Emilia flammea (Tasselflower) Eschscholtzia californica (California Poppy) Gaillardia # Gomphrena globosa […]

RICINUS Castor bean, Annual Flower Information

Were these words meant for boys and girls only we fear they would never be read, because of ‘, the unpleasant memories associated with this plant. In the garden, however, Castor-bean, Ricinus communis, plants are interesting because of their tall growth and ample leaves which are in the different varieties, purplish-red and maroon. The flowers and spiny fruits are not […]

COSMOS (Cosmea) (Mexican-aster), Annual Flower Information

COSMOS (Cosmea) (Mexican-aster) (The name comes from the Greek for orderliness, hence an ornament or a beautiful plant) The Cosmos is not as impatient about coming into bloom as most annuals, but waits until it has made its growth before expending its energy in flower production. There is no other tall annual so graceful or so useful as the Cosmos. […]

BARTONIA (Mentzelia) (Blazing-star), Annual Flower Information

BARTONIA (Mentzelia) (Blazing-star) (Named for Dr. Barton, American botanist) Were it not for the straggling growth, Barlonia aurea (Menlzelia lindleyi) would be a much more popular annual. The glistening, Poppy-like flowers are golden and are furnished with countless stamens at the center. The petals have an abrupt, sharp point. The flowers are fragrant at night. The foliage is gray, hairy, […]

ANNUALS WHICH BENEFIT FROM PINCHING

ANNUALS WHICH BENEFIT FROM PINCHING To encourage plants to fill out, the growth bud should be pinched at the end of the stem. For bedding plants, is during the time when you’re planting in the garden. The removal of leggy foliage will help balance the plant and help in the transplanting process. Simply pinch out or cut off the last […]

AMARANTHUS Amaranth, Annual Flower

AMARANTHUS – Amaranth (Name derived from a-not, mairaino-to whither, refers to the everlasting character of the flowers) Coarse plants, but very showy, the various sorts of Amaranthus may be successfully cultivated in poor soils where they thrive excellently. Some have bright red foliage, whereas others have long spikes of blood-red flowers. SPECIES. Love-lies-bleeding. Amaranthus caudatus (A. abyssinica). Grows 3 to […]

EUPHORBIA Spurge, Annual Flower Information

EUPHORBIA Spurge (Named for Euphorbus, physician to the King of Mauritania) This is an interesting genus of plants, which give off a milky juice when any part is bruised or broken. The upper leaves are in many cases showy, while the flowers are inconspicuous. It is to this group of plants that the popular Christmas Poinsettia belongs. SPECIES. Painted Spurge […]

EMILIA – Tassel flower, Floras-paintbrush, Annual Flower Information

EMILIA (Cacalia) – Tassel flower (Floras-paintbrush) This brilliant orange and scarlet, rarely yellow, flowered annual is worthy of a place in any garden. It is not large, but the dash of orange color it provides is noticeable. It is often admired for combining in bouquets, and is a splendid rockery subject. The flowers are actually like tassels, borne on long […]