Ask a Question
Notify Me On Question Update
Email this Question
Do you have information on water-wise annuals?
Rate This FAQ
You remember annuals — we plant them every spring hoping they will survive and bloom until the first frost in the fall. Of course, half of them are taken out by the last frost in the spring, which arrives exactly one week after planting them.
With the low water year we’ve had, this may be the year to try new annuals. Consider using those that are classified as water-wise. They are able to survive and look great with limited water.
The following water-wise annuals thrive in hot, dry locations. Try them in a flower bed that gets full sun or in a spot where other annuals have collapsed from heat in the past. Some may be easier to find than others, depending on your area. Check with your local nursery or favorite gardening catalog.
· Dahlberg daisy. This is a low-growing annual. It has small, yellow flowers that cover the plant until the first freeze in the fall. It struggles in the inserts in the nursery, but within a couple of weeks after planting, it eventually takes off, reaching a width of about 1 1/2 feet in diameter. · Creeping zinnia (Sanvitalia). This is another low-growing plant that fills in large areas quickly with yellow to orange, brown-centered flowers. Unlike other zinnias, it is not prone to powdery mildew. · Globe amaranth (Gomphrena). This plant reaches a height of 1 - 2 feet. The flowers are shaped like a large clover flower and can be found in red, pink, white, purple and yellow. This flower dries well and the color lasts for months.
· Annual statice. This flower reaches a height of about 2 feet, comes in a wide variety of colors and also is great for drying. The foliage resembles a fuzzy dandelion leaf and remains close to the soil. The flower bolts to about 18 inches, creating a spectacular show.
· Madagascar periwinkle (annual vinca). This works well in any annual bed. The vivid pink, rose, purple, white and salmon colored flowers last for long periods of time. The plant reaches a height of about 1 foot and spreads about half that wide.
· Cockscomb (celosia). Cockscombs have plumed flowers that can look like something from a distant planet. Although the flowers are a little different, they are very colorful and large, sometimes reaching 18 inches in diameter. They are very showy in a landscape.
· Gazania. This annual once came only in yellow and closed up if the sun passed behind a cloud. The newer varieties range in color from orange to pink, burgundy and other combinations. They are also better bloomers than in the past and stay open even on a cloudy day.
· Melampodium. This is another low-growing plant with yellow, daisy-like flowers. The foliage has a much bolder texture than the Dahlberg daisy and the flowers are larger.
· Salvia. This can give your landscape splashes of red, pink and even blue color. The plants range from 10 inches to 2 feet tall. They are very hardy and can be used as an accent or for a backdrop.
· Strawflower. This excellent drying flower blooms in colors of gold to red and burgundy. Strawflowers reach a height of more than 2 feet and hold their color for months.
Submit Your Suggestion
Other Questions In This Topic
- I would like to fertilize for weeds, but it has been so hot lately. Is there anything I can do this time of the year to kill weeds in my lawn, and if so, should I use granules or a spray?
- I would like to plant vegetables in containers this winter. What can you tell me about indoor gardening?
- Is there some place in the Salt Lake area where I can donate my garden snails? I read that thrushes and ducks (along with many other critters such as beetles, which I don't want to introduce into my garden) will eat snails. I know I could kill the snails using a variety of methods, but it seems like somebody (not me!) might like to eat them. Ideas?
- How do I know when to cover tomatoes so the do not freeze?
- I planted 2 plum trees several years ago. The 3rd year I had a huge crop. The next 2 years the leaves had what I think is peach leaf curl or at least that's how it made the leaves look. I sprayed both years with no improvement. This year I've also sprayed but after blossoming, the leafing is very sickly, the leaves done even really form, they just make tiny clusters of pale spikes that look like tiny curled leaves. Is there anything I can so short of digging them out? Can they be saved or I am better off just starting from scratch? How to I make sure what is there doesn't contaminate the new trees? Thanks.
- When should I spray my apple and apricat trees to prevent worms in the fruit? What product should I use? I planted a plum tree last fall, what should I do for it now?
- I left my carrots in the ground over winter this year without mulching them. Now it is May and they have resumed growing. We pulled a few out and, other than a little bit of woodiness they seem to be okay. Is it safe to eat carrots that have been left so long in the ground with no mulch?
- I have a poinsettia that is about three years old. The first year it bloomed beautifully, then last year and now this year, just before the holidays, the leaves wither and fall off. I have not changed anything carewise. It is in an ideal place, gets plenty of dark hours, no drafts, filtered sun, and just enough water. Why is it doing this?