Adding Color With Annuals: A Garden Tour

Since returning from Vermont, it’s been a weird week of New Jersey weather. It’s been pouring half a day, then really cloudy or sunny the other half day. I’m not a fan of working in the beds when it’s wet so my time out there has been a little limited lately.

While I was shopping at the nursery last week for my deck containers, I saw these beautiful deep purple and yellow petunias. I was so drawn to them but did not want to use them in the back gardens. When I was shopping this week for my front gardens though…I knew they would be a fun addition to the perennial beds and am so glad I picked them up!

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Annual Garden Ideas
While I don’t usually gravitate to Marigolds, I love how they bring out the yellow in these beautiful Petunias.

Adding Annuals in the Garden

I love to tuck annuals in with my perennial borders. They add color and interest while perennials grow and fade, help suppress weeds and make the garden look more full. Different colors lend different vibes to a garden. Blue and purple hues make a garden feel cool and serene, while reds, yellows and oranges spice it up.

When I pick out annuals at the nursery, I consider the future perennial blooms in the garden and how the annuals I am drawn to will enhance them and carry me through fall. While perennials provide my gardens with changing blooms, annuals fill in the gaps with season-long interest. Thus, any annuals added should compliment what’s already there.

As an aside, it is important to feed annuals so they grow, bloom and look lush through the growing season. I like to use Osmocote 274850 Plus Outdoor and Indoor Smart-Release Food (Plant Fertilizer), 8-Pound, Brown/A (paid link) because it is a slow-release fertilizer that lasts for four months. I add the granules when I plant and that takes them through most of the growing season.

Since it’s been a wet week here, I haven’t finished adding annuals to the front beds yet, but am about halfway there. Let’s check out the gardens…

Front Perennial Gardens

These Dahlias were begging me to buy them at the nursery! I don’t have any in my gardens so I picked them up because I love the shade of pink with the yellow centers. I got them home and realized, that I didn’t have room for them, but made them fit! Since Dahlias are tender in New Jersey, I squeezed them in figuring I will dig them up in fall anyway and replant again next year.
Flower Garden Ideas
In addition to adding the marigolds and petunias, I replaced a Knock-Out Rose and added some Cleome. Cleome is another great deer-resistant plant but be aware, they self sow like crazy! Fun plant to grow though!
Flower Garden Ideas
The Alliums are still going strong but a few toppled over with the torrential rain we had this week. The Marigolds, Verbena and Euphorbia brighten up the base of the Echinacea. The cute lab angel statue is a new addition that my daughter, Mackenzie, gave me for Mother’s Day this year.
Flower Garden Ideas
Pictured here are Marigolds, Pansies, Dianthus, Sedum, Eupohorbia and Salvia.
‘Midnight’ Salvia, Dianthus and Pansies.
The garden looks very green while it is filling in. Colorful annuals help add interest while perennials grow, bloom and fade.
Smokebush, Zebra Grass and Peonies in the well garden. The peonies are almost ready to bloom! I can’t wait to cut a few and bring indoors!
This Columbine just started blooming in the well garden.
The mailbox garden is filling in. Remember those Sedums I dug up and divided. They look like full grown plants. The Clematis is growing like a monster on the ground, I’m trying to train it up the mailbox. Also, I will add some annuals here to get more season long color.

Backyard Gardens

Flower Garden Ideas
This small garden is outside the vegetable bed. The white Siberian Iris is just starting to bloom. I love the large leafy horseradish that sits just past it.
The Climbing Hydrangea is starting to bloom!
Cool Season Vegetable Garden
The vegetable garden is doing awesome! We’ve been harvesting the lettuce daily. The brussell sprouts and broccoli are nearing harvest.
The first Peony blooms of 2019 have arrived!
Looks like we will have a great year for blueberries…that is if the birds don’t eat them all!
Flower Garden Ideas
The Variegated Wiegela is in full bloom. Hummingbirds stop by often to grab some nectar. Also pictured are variegated hostas, impatiens, mint, petunias and what’s left of my reblooming lilac.
I love the cascade of the Variegated Wiegela.
I planted these pretty pink Impatiens in the perennial border next to the new fire pit area.

Side Yard Woodland Garden

The Rhododendrum is in full bloom and the Ferns are full grown.
I love the chartreuse green of the Cranesbill foliage. It brightens up the darker side of my garden.
The Bleeding Hearts are almost done blooming. Also pictured, are Ferns, Rhododendrum and a maple that grew from a sapling.

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed this week’s garden tour and appreciate you joining me. If you missed few tours or want to see how much the garden has changed, you can see it here:

Do you love to garden too? I would love to hear what you think! Please leave your ideas, comments & more below or contact me here. Be sure to find me @bricksnblooms on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram!

Thank you for following along and touring the gardens with me. Happy planting – enjoy your day! xo


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