How to Get Non-Stop Color in the Garden with Annuals
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How to Get Non-Stop Color in the Garden With Annuals

I am on a planting binge! I’m not sure if its because we are still on lockdown here in New Jersey, but I need more color from summer annuals…stat!

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After spending the last week planting lots of colorful flowers, my gardens look so pretty and lush! Adding annuals to the borders now helps bring extra color to the gardens while they grow and change throughout the season.

While I love to tuck annuals in the beds to add more color, I also plant them in several containers on my deck and patio. The container gardens bring a lot of warmth, color and ambiance to all of my outdoor living spaces. To learn more about container gardening, click here.

Here’s an Annuals Tip You Need To Do Now

To keep annuals healthy and blooming throughout the season, be sure to feed them! I feed mine with Osmocote because it is a slow release granule that lasts for four months. That way, I can set and forget after I plant my flowers and they look good all season long.

How to Get Non-Stop Color in the Garden With Annuals

Planting Annuals are the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

One of my greatest joys in the garden is bringing all the new annual flowers home and placing them in one spot. They look so happy don’t they? I spend a lot of time choosing my annuals at the nursery and enjoy getting them in the ground after getting them home. Spring gardening season is the best!

How to Get Non-Stop Color in the Gardens with Annuals
It took me two days to plant the first haul of annuals.

My gardens never look the same year to year because I am drawn to different plants and color palettes each year. Can you tell what colors I gravitated to this year? Pinks…lots of pinks!

How to Get Non-Stop Color in the Garden with Annuals
How gorgeous is this gardenia standard container I just planted? The scent on those gardenia blooms is heavenly. I can’t wait to enjoy them on the deck!

Planting Annuals in Containers

In addition to being drawn to pinks, I am trying a bunch of plants that I’ve never grown before. I planted two gardenias, one standard and one shrub, that I’m hoping does well on my deck. It is not hardy here in Zone 6a New Jersey, so I plan to bring them indoors before the first frost and hope they survive the winter. Fingers crossed!

I am also trying a mandevilla vine for the first time. Strange that I’ve never bought one before but different plants speak to me when I visit the nursery. In years passed, I just didn’t gravitate to them. But not this year. This season, I am adding a mandevilla vine to my deck garden and it looks great!

How to Get Non-Stop Color in the Garden with Annuals
Here’s my deck garden all ready to enjoy! The mandevilla container is in the back right corner. Doesn’t it look great there? I can’t wait to watch that one grow!

Planting Annuals in the Borders

In addition to adding annual flowers to my deck container gardens, I also tucked in several varieties of zinnias, impatiens, calibrocas, petunias, marigolds, gazinias, dahlias, and euphorbias in the borders. Dahlias are considered tender here so they will need to be lifted out of the ground before first frost so I can replant them next year.

How to Get Non-Stop Color in the Garden with Annuals
I tucked in some double flowering impatiens along the side garden and in the containers outside the shed garden.
How to Get Non-Stop Color in the Garden with Annuals
For the first time, I planted marigolds inside the vegetable garden to help encourage the bees to pollinate flowers.
How to Get Non-Stop Color in the Garden with Annuals
This year, I added a lot more annuals to the back yard borders.
How to Get Non-Stop Color in the Garden with Annuals
I tucked a bunch of zinnias, dahlias and calibrocas in the front perennial gardens. The winter pansies are leftover from my fall plantings. Because pansies don’t survive the summer heat, I plant them in fall to get two seasons out of them.
How to Get Non-Stop Color in the Garden with Annuals
Without adding annuals, the front perennial garden would look a little more green right now while the spring bulbs die back and perennials fill in.

For more garden inspiration, see Spring Garden Flowers That Bring Joy, How to Divide Hydrangeas and Container Gardening.

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