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Colorful Annual Flower Choices

Colorful Annuals

The richness of summer, her blazing skies and brilliants greens, demands the vivid splashes of color that only bold planting of annuals can supply. Here are 24 kinds—selected by the country’s leading seed growers—that bloom a long time, are comparatively easy to grow, have various colors, forms and heights and qualities that make them as superlative in the landscape as in flower arrangements. With them even the beginner should be able to paint memorable garden pictures.

Dahlia Unwin Hybrids grow 2 to 3 feet tall, flowering in an extremely wide range of colors until frost. Unexcelled for cutting and as border or pot plants.

Marigold Mammoth Mum, a striking plant for the back for the border, has fluffy flowers, 3 ½ inches across, of light sulphur yellow that’s effective when used right.

Marigold Lulu (a Signata pumila type) is as sunny as it is compact. Plants make a solid mass of single, canary yellow blossoms as large as ¾ of an inch across.

Petunia Crusader, vigorous, free flowering, neat and dwarf in habit, is a lovely bi-color. Its fancy fringed petals are striped rose-pink on paper white ground.

Alyssum Royal Carpet’s fragrant purple flowers last into the fall; are charming interplanted with Carpet of Snow. This is the edging plant. Nothing is more tidy!

Petunia Comanche is a neat, free-flowering, rich scarlet-red that retains its color in all kinds of weather. It is an ideal plant for bed, borders, pots, window boxes.

Ageratums like the dwarfs Midget Blue and Blue Cap are indispensable in the garden. They flower freely through summer and fall; look enchanting with most annuals.

Tetra Snapdragons, a strain with a beautiful color range, makes long-stemmed elegant spikes of slower as lovely in arrangements as in gardens.

Calendula Pacific Beauty comes in mixed and sparkling delicate and vivid colors. The strain has remarkable resistance to heat and blooms from early summer to fall.

Petunia Linda is another plant that’s low-growing and compact enough to be used along the margins of bed and borders. It is a mouth-watering shade of pink.

Marigold Naughty Marietta, a fine medium-tall bedding plant, produces yellow and maroon flowers very early. Extremely bushy plants have finely netted leaves.

Salvia Fireworks blooms when young, making heavy, one-foot spikes of red hot blossoms. A flamboyant plant, bright and useful in beds and borders.

Nasturtium Golden Globe, an older variety, still ranks high with gardeners. It is a sweet-scented dwarf, semi-double golden yellow. Very useful in garden and bouquets.

Celosia Golden Fleece produces long-stemmed plumes of muted yellow that turn to clear gold as plants mature. Lovely en masse in the landscape; in dried bouquets.

Zinnia Peppermint Stick, striped in many combinations of red, yellow, white, pink, orange, purple shades is one of the merriest zinnias. Flowers are medium size.

Marigold Lemondrop is a cool one. Uniform 8-inch plants becomes smothered with lemon-yellow blooms that make even warring colors get along, blend.

Nicotiana Sensation comes in such unique colors in wine, chocolate, and chartreuse. Sturdy, 2-foot plants are good not too far back in the border. They perfume the garden.

Verbenas are showy indoors and out, especially such as the vigorous, large-flowered red and pink Floradale Beauty and the very dwarf white-eyed scarlet Sparkle.

Cleome Pink Queen grows 4 feet high and blooms all summer even in rough soil. Huge flowerheads, a luminous pink, are marvelously appealing massed in the landscape.

Phlox Globe is the plant for locations needing a colorful, contained dwarf. It becomes a 10-inch mound of blossoms. Comes in various phlox shades.

Tips for growing vegetables:

Pumpkins
Beets
Carrots
Cauliflower

Celery
Chinese Cabbage
Corn
Soybeans
Lettuce
Artichoke
Asparagus
Brussels sprouts
String Beans
Peas
Black Eyed Peas
Spinach
Peppers
Parsnips
Radish
Rhubarb
Rutabaga
Turnips
Okra
Melons
Broccoli

Tips for growing herbs:

Sage
Rosemary
Parsley
Parsnip
Garlic
Chives
Dill
Basil
Cilantro
Saw Palmetto

Thyme
Oregano
Lemon Balm
Calendula

Lavender
Catnip
Chamomile
Mint
Marjoram
Sesame
Ginger
Nasturtium
French Tarragon
Fennel
Mustard Greens
Summer Savory

Tips for growing flowers:

Gloxinias
Irises

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