Annuals That Bloom for Longest Period of Time

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Old 05-05-07, 10:11 PM
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Annuals That Bloom for Longest Period of Time

Location: Indianapolis (rich soil - northern IN)
Prefer White/Yellow/Pink/Redtones

The title pretty much says it all. We'd just like something that looks nice a bit longer than most annuals.

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It would be difficult to make a recommendation without knowing if you are planting in sun or shade. Most annuals will bloom all summer if properly dead headed, watered, and fertilized. They should bloom up until frost. It is true that some annuals are more heat tolerant. Geraniums and begonias have long been hardy bloomers. African Daisy (Gazania) is fun to grow and can be used for dried flowers. Red Salvia is great for attracting hummingbirds. Cockscomb (Celosia) can provide you with some rich red and dried flowers. Coleus works well in shade. Cosmos comes in pink, red, white, and yellow.
Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost' will provide with continual pink blossoms. Impatiens comes in varieties for both shade and sun (New Guinea). Of course, you will likely want some Vinca for color. Don't forget petunias and daisies, both of which are good bloomers.
 
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Wow, I feel like a fool, but i meant perinneals. Still, I appreciate the detailed post.

We have both shade and sun on our property. I would describe the front of our home as partial sun, where most of the flowers are.

Right now, we have everblooming hydrangeas up front, but we were wondering if there were better options.
 
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When growing perennials it best to have a mix of early, mid, and late bloomers so there's always something blooming. There are some perennials that provide long bloom. Achillea (Yarrow) is nice and yellow and will give you at least 3 mos. of blooms. Campanula (Bellflower), comes in white and blue, and will provide you 2 or so months of bloom. Dianthus (Pinks) is a good one for the front of the bed. Gaillardia (Blanket Flower) will give you yellow around burgundy centers for 3-4 months. Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker) attracts hummingbirds. Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan) will serve you well for 3 months. Don't forget white shasta daisies. Sedum (Stonecrop) is attractive without blooms and is fuss free. Everyone has a list of their favorite perennials. Get to know each of yours very well, and they will perform well for you. Another thought about perennials, avoid an invasive species that will taken over the garden.

Here's a list of long-blooming perennials.

http://ourgardengang.tripod.com/perennials.htm

http://www.gardening-tips-perennials.com/longbloomingperennials.html

And, here's a good article to get you going with perennials: http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/HO-061.pdf
 
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