Plant care for California-poppy, Annual Flower Information

California-poppy (Named for Dr. Eschscholtz as the result of an expedition to explore the botany of what is now California in 1815. Named by Chamisso, a companion naturalist) The silky, golden-yellow blossoms of this, the state flower of California, are borne in profusion. Gardeners have greatly improved the plant until now we have both singles and doubles in a great […]

LEPTOSYNE, Annual Flower Information

LEPTOSYNE (Greek for slenderness) A Daisy-like flower related to Coreopsis, Leplosyne stillmani, grows 18 inches tall. The flowers are golden yellow, 2 inches to 3 inches across; the tips of the ray florets are 3-lobed. The foliage is very finely cut. Where to Plant. The flowers have long stems for cutting, and last well in water. GENERAL. Sow the seeds […]

Using annual flowers for quick color

When you want lots of color quickly, flowers to cut by the armful and bloom all summer, you want annuals. For earliest possible bloom, sow seeds indoors, then transplant-or buy started plants in May. But you’ll still get plenty of flowers if you wait till the danger of frost is past and sow the seed of quick-growing varieties where you […]

MIMULUS Monkey flower, Annual Flower Information

MIMULUS (Monkey flower) (Name from Mimo, an ape, refers to gaping mouth of flower) The flowers of this interesting genus are curiously shaped and spotted with contrasting colors. Those generally seen are bright yellow, spotted with maroon, red or orange. a: Mimulus moschalus is the Musk plant, so-called because of its musk-scented leaves. It is really a trailing perennial with […]

White Annual Flowers

WHITE ANNUALS Ageratum Houstonianurn (Mexican Ageratum) Alyssum maritimurn (Sweet Alyssum) Ammobiurn alaturn (Winged Everlasting) Antirrhinum majus (Snapdragon) Arctotis grandis (Bushy Arctotis) Argemone grandiflora (Pricklepoppy) Brachycome iberidifolia (Swan River Daisy) Browallia demissa (elata) Campanula (Annual Canterbury Bells) Centaurea (Royal Sweet-sultan, Cornflower, etc.) Centranthus macrosiphon (Spur-valerian) Chrysanthemum Clarkia Cleome spinosa (Spiderflower) Clintonia pulchella Collinsia bicolor (Chi nese-ho uses) Crepis barbata rubra (Hawkweed) […]


ANNUALS FOR WINDOW AND PORCH BOXES Atzeraturn Lobelia erinus Portulaca (Rosemoss) Verbena ALYSSLuM Maurandia Tagetes signata var. Pumila Vinca rosea (Periwinkle) Browallia speciosa Petunia Thunbergia (Clockvine) Zinnia Centaurea (Dusty Miller) Phlox Tropxolum majus (Nasturtium)


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 […]

Artemisia – Wormwood, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

This group of plants, as a whole, are not generally valued for their flowers. but all have very ornamental foliage. The plants are almost as hardy as Oaks, yet are very attractive when in bloom from August until frost-time. The flowers are borne on long. graceful stems, divided like a plume, and are either light creamy or yellowish-white in color. […]


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 […]