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, […]

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 […]

KOCHIA – Summer cypress, Annual Flower Information

Reminding one of a small, symmetrical evergreen, the Summer cypress is commonly seen in gardens. The plants grow quickly and make an upright, compact growth, producing numerous branches covered with fine leaves. There is an objectionable feature that must be mentioned. The plants, in the Autumn, turn a bluish-red, that combines with the colors of few other plants. The plants […]

How to grow Alternanthera

Alluding to the fact that alternate anthers are usually infertile (Amaranthaceae). Joy weed. Used in the main for foliage effect, these half-hardy shrubby perennials have brightly colored foliage. The flowers are insignificant and are not usually allowed to develop. Species cultivated A. amoena, 3 inches, leaves, green veined with orange-red blotches; vars. amabilis (leaves orange-scarlet), rosea and spectabilis. A. bettickiana, […]

Garden Guides on Annual Flowers

Annuals…tiny seed to lovely flowers in one season For quick cover and decoration of bare areas where perennials have winter killed, and in numerous “nooks and crannies” throughout the garden, annuals are in the number one spot. In perennial beds and borders, annuals can be used to brighten dull areas and blend together various perennials. In beds by themselves, annuals […]

Grow and care for Geraniums (Pelargoniums)

The geranium was introduced into Europe from South Africa towards the beginning of the 17th century; today it is one of the most popular of flowers. It is native to South Africa, Australia and Turkey, but is now widely grown in the temperate areas of the world. Of the several sub-divisions of the genus the following six are the most […]

How to grow a annual flower from seed

Seed of hardy annuals may be planted in the open ground where it’s to flower; it is that simple. The main requirements are an full sunny position and a well-drained soil. Obviously, the condition of the soil will be reflected in the quality of the flowers produced and to get the best results the ground should be well cultivated in […]

Self Sowing Annuals

Self Sowing Annuals   ANNUALS WHICH USUALLY SELF-SOW Browallia (Browallia) California Poppy (Eschscholtzia californica) CallioPsis (Coreopsis tinctoria) Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) Four-o’clock (Mirabilis jalapa) Gypsophila (Gypsophila elegans) Larkspur, Rocket (Delphinium ajacis) Morning-glory (Ipomma purpurea) Petunia (Petunia hybrida) Pot-marigold (Calendula officinalis) Rose Moss (Portulaca grandiflora) Sage, Mealycup (Salvia farinacea) Snow-on-the-mountain (Euphorbia marginata) Spiderflower (Cleome spinosa) Summer-cypress (Kochia trichophylla) Sweet […]