Growing Annuals in the Garden

Learn all about starting seeds, planting, and growing annuals in the garden.

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    The Best New Plants for Your Garden

    Each year we do a feature in our big spring issue introducing folks to a slew of new offerings from plant breeders. But this is not simply a list of…

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    Best New Plants: Annuals

    Each year we do a feature in our big spring issue introducing folks to a slew of new offerings from plant breeders. But this is not simply a list of…

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    Cool-Season Annuals for the Midwest

    In the Midwest, the frequently unpredictable weather patterns in spring present myriad challenges related to garden preparations and planting times. Daytime temperatures fluctuate greatly over the early spring months, with…

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    All About Growing Annual Plants

    While some gardeners dislike annuals, I find that it’s hard to beat their appeal or their many benefits. Annuals are popular because many require almost no maintenance apart from routine…

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    The Best Spring Annuals to Direct-Sow in Northern California

    Looking forward to a delightful spring and exuberant garden beds filled with cheerful, eye-catching, colorful flowers? Here in Northern California, the best spring show is achieved by starting work in…

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    Vibrant, Unexpected Color From a Classic Annual

    While you’re perusing seed catalogs or the annual section at your local garden center this year, don’t overlook this jaw-dropping plant if you see it. ‘Fire King’ pincushion flower is…

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    Tour a Garden Where Annual and Tropical Plants Steal the Show

    Annual and tropical plants can add extraordinary colors and textures to any garden, especially from late summer through early autumn, when many perennials fizzle out. In Fine Gardening issue #177,…

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    Lisa’s Ohio Garden

    Today we’re visiting Lisa Countryman’s garden in Hillsboro, Ohio. Hanging baskets are an easy way to bring a garden into any space. In the foreground, the hanging basket combines a…

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    Unbeatable Hot and Cool Annual Combos for the Southeast

    We are fortunate in the southeastern United States to be able to grow a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials in our temperate climate. During our long growing…

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    The Best Reseeding Annuals for the Northern Plains

    Getting annuals to self-seed year after year in the Northern Plains primarily relies on what sort of winter we have. Sufficient snow cover has a dramatic effect on annuals’ ability…