Seasonal flowers have many uses in the landscape. Tall annuals provide good backgrounds and quick screens. Annual vines will provide shade when used with a trellis and soften harsh fencing. Some varieties or flowers are good for cutting and drying. Seasonal flowers are great to use in containers such as porch boxes, window boxes, hanging baskets and pots. Annuals can used around foundations, providing color and mass prior to the installation of permanent shrubs and ground covers.
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Selecting the Right Seasonal Flowers
Seasonal flowers vary considerably with respect to their environmental and cultural requirements. Some perform best in full sun while others do best in shade. Drought tolerance varies and planting times differ. Annual flowers will very according to the season in witch they will be used such as “Spring and Fall”. In addition to considering environmental and cultural requirements, Our team will carefully select annuals with respect to their Height, spread, and color range. Time and length of color display vary considerably among annuals, sometimes even within a species. It is important to understand the conditions according to each species of flower for best results.
Preparing the Beds
Good bed preparation is essential for good performance of seasonal flower beds. Because annual flowers have a relatively short time to grow and perform in the landscape. We till our seasonal flower beds to a depth of 8 to 10 inches if possible. Most annuals grow well in a variety of soil types. The soil for planting should be capable of holding a sufficient amount of water. Landscape bed soil needs to drain well. Heavy soils should be amended with sand, perlite or coarse bark to improve drainage. Most of the annuals you see in our commercial landscapes are in raised beds to ensure adequate drainage.
Annual Flower Maintenance
Adequate moisture is essential to the growth of flowering annuals. Natural rainfall is sufficient at certain times of the year. Unfortunately Rain is not reliable as the only source or water supply for your flowers. Supplemental irrigation is often necessary, particularly during the summer months. Annuals vary in their drought tolerance, but as a rule most require at least 1 to 1 1/2 inches of water per week. More water may be required during periods of extreme heat. Overhead sprinklers provide the least satisfactory method of watering; they must run for long periods in order to attain deep watering of the soil. Occasional sprinkling that only wets the upper inch or so of soil is undesirable. Wet foliage may also worsen foliar disease problems and compound problems with control. A clean weed-free bed mulched properly should eliminate the need for cultivation. Occasional hand weeding should keep the weeds in check. Herbicide weed control is not recommend as for it could cause damage to Seasonal Flowers.The removal of old flowers is also necessary in some species and varieties. Many modern varieties are “self-cleaning” — spent flowers quickly disappear. Poor performance of annuals can often be traced to inadequate nutrition. We offer a fertilizer program for seasonal flower beds to help avoid this issue. We use slow-release and controlled-release fertilizers in the commercial/residential landscape.
Flowers in Planters
Many annual Flowers grow well in a variety of containers such as window boxes, porch boxes, hanging baskets and pots. Containers are often chosen based not only on aesthetics. Plant containers should be proportionate to the type and number of plants to be grown. The most important thing for any container is that it have an adequate drainage hole(s). We use artificial soils in or containers as for is often gives superior results. Watering and fertility requirements will differ among containers. Generally annuals in containers will require more water and fertilizer than similar annuals grown in beds.