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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 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, […]

Annual Flower Information, What to know and how to use

Information on 50+ annual flowers Abelmoschus African-orange daisy Amaranth Amethyst Annual-mallow Baby-blue-eyes Babysbreath Balsam Bearded-tongue Belvedere Bladder herb Blanket flower Blazing-star Blistercress Blue eyed mary Blue-eyed-African-daisy Burning bush Bush-eschscholtzia Bushy Arctotis Butterfly flower Cacalia California poppy California-bluebell Calliopsis Campion Candytuft Cape-marigold Carpet plant Casor-bean China aster China Pink Chinese Lantern plant Cockscomb Corn flower Devil-in-the-bush Devils fig Diamond flower Didiscus […]