Category Archives: Annual Flowers

Final Exam for New Introductions

I’m one of those lucky garden writers who gets sent plants to try out about a year before the plants are introduced to the public. This is fun for me because they’re free (thank you, Proven Winners and Sakata!) and … Continue reading

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Best Container Plant for 2011

There’s no prize with this award, just my unending admiration for a plant that bloomed, bloomed, and bloomed again throughout the cool, hot, humid, slow-to-start, slow-to-end summer of 2011. And the winner is: Supertunia® Bordeaux petunia. I bought several of … Continue reading

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Another Fantastic Fall Bloomer

I started these gorgeous marigolds in the vegetable garden from seed back in May. They looked so pretty that I moved them to the front garden to brighten it up this fall. They survived the move and with adequate water … Continue reading

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Moon Flower at Morning

I took this photo last week, before our first freeze hit, so the foliage on this moon flower is a bit bedraggled now, though it is still blooming. Moon flower has always been a lust plant for me. There are … Continue reading

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Sunflower at Sunset

I’m kicking myself for having lost the seed packet for these sunflowers growing in the meadow behind my house. I believe they are Helianthus maximiliani Heliopsis helianthoides. Whatever their name, botanical or otherwise, they have brightened up our meadow for … Continue reading

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Sneak Peek: This Calibrachoa is a Winner

Along with about 300 other garden writers, horticulturists and bloggers, I get sent sample plants from Proven Winners each year.  PW is one of the largest plant brands in the country and introduces a couple of dozen new plants each … Continue reading

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I’m Glad I Planted Pansies

In Minnesota, pansies are a desperate gardener’s gamble. By the time spring rolls around, most of us are so hungry for color we buy as many pansies as our gardens and wallets allow. We plant them out when the weather … Continue reading

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I Needed a Plant Fix…

so I headed down to Donahue’s in Faribault to check out the new annuals for an article I’m writing.  In the world of clematis, Donahue’s is one of the top wholesale nurseries, but from mid-April through June, they have a … Continue reading

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New Plant Introductions: How Well Did They Grow?

This past summer, I had a chance to try out several new-to-the-market plants. A few grew really well, looked great most of the year, and just generally behaved like champs. Others…well, maybe it was me. (That’s always a possibility.) Let’s … Continue reading

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Marigold Surprise

Most gardeners enjoy getting cuttings or seeds from beloved plants that others grow. But what happens when things, um, don’t go as well as hoped? That was my situation this summer. I was graciously given a bag of marigold seeds … Continue reading

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