Annual flowers fill your landscape with bright, vibrant, colors that liven up your property. There are annuals for the warm seasons and annuals for the cool seasons. We're going to share some tips for arranging your annual flower displays like a pro!
Annual flowers are flowering plants which live for a season. Unlike perennials, annuals do not grow back and must be replaced each year.
Selecting Your Annuals
Different annual flowers thrive in different conditions. Some prefer wet areas, some need full sun, while others thrive in shade. Before purchasing your flowers, be sure to research which kind are best suited for the planting area! Remember, you also need to choose the right kinds of annuals for the particular time of year you're planting them in.
Check out the annual flower infographic below from proflowers.com to get an idea of some of your different options throughout the year.
In parts of the world with mild seasons, you can often get away with grouping these four sets into just two types of annuals- warm season annuals and cool season annuals. These regions may only have to plant annuals twice per year in the spring and fall.
Your annual flower arrangement should be laid out so that the colors are matched and coordinated with each other. If the area you are putting the annual flowers in already has an established color theme, use colors that continue the existing theme. This can also be useful when adding flowers to a business or sports related facilities/schools. You can use the given brand colors to guide your selection and placement of the annual flowers. You can use different types of flowers of the same color together too.
The Three F's
This is a good technique for arranging flowers in a planter. The three F's are Focus, Fill, and Fall. You focus the arrangement by placing your tallest plants in the center. Next you fill the arrangement with your other flowers with the tall plants in the center still standing taller than the rest of the arrangement. Finally you add some more around the edges of the planter which appear to be falling over the side. This can be done with naturally limp plants, long leaves of other plants in the arrangement, etc. You just want a few plants hanging over the edge around the planter.
Add Fresh Mulch or Straw
For annual flower beds in the ground, it is important to add some type of mulch material once you've finished planting. This can be wood mulch, pinestraw, or pine bark nuggets. These materials look good in the beds and add extra color to the landscape, but they also serve a practical purpose. Having a cover material in the beds helps keep moisture and nutrients locked in the soil around the roots of your plants. It also helps reduce soil erosion. Since the mulch material is organic, it will help replenish the soil with nutrients as the bottom layers decompose over time. Using a fresh cover material in your beds will help your plants grow stronger and healthier.
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By: William Adams
In 09/2018 William started at Real Turf working in the field having never done manual labor before. He wasn't expected to last the first day. Terry recognized ways William could benefit the company more, and after 5 months of working full-time on lawn service and enhancement crews, William was given a position doing digital marketing, IT, & quality control work.