I'm often asked about what plant can go where in the garden, and today's post will feature annual plants we carry for hot and dry areas. Now, keep in mind, these plants still require water and attention, all annuals require some care, but picking the right plant for the location will help it's chances of survival.
Here is the Pea Patch list of annual bedding plants we grow that do well in sunny, dry areas:
Portulaca - a spreading, low plant that has a rose-type flower. This was one of my Grandfather's favourites, mine too.
Ice Plant - another low spreading plant, this one is neat because of it's daisy-like flowers and sparkly leaves that look like ice drops.
Gazinia - another daisy-like flower - this one opens when the sun is shining and closes up when it's cloudy.
Celosia - this one adds a lot of interest in the garden, as it has interesting, bright blooms
Dusty Miller - a staple in the garden grown for it's silver leaves.
Petunia - so versatile, so many colours...I think we started with 77 flats this season!
Salvia - another interesting flower - this one spikes above the foliage.
Sanvitalia - a creeping plant with cute sunflower-like blooms, also does well in containers.
Nicotiana - a trumpet shaped flower that is a favourite of hummingbirds.
Ageratum - a blue puff-ball flower adds interest, I really love the colour of these blooms.
Marigold - another standard that will bloom right up until heavy frosts.
Dahlia - one of my favourites, dahlias look like they are hard to grow, but really require minimal care (deadhead, and water).
Geranium - what is there to say about the geranium? I'm not their biggest fan, but love the scent.
Euphorbia - a white flowered filler, does really well in containers and I love both alone and mixed with other plants - such as a petunia.
Dracaena - aka "Spike", add some vertical interest to your beds and containers.
Verbena - spreads through your planting and adds pops of colour, very good in containers.