Easy Gardening with Frankie’s Favorite Annuals
So many people say to me, “Frankie I love the look of gardening but I just don’t like the work of gardening!” While it may seem intimidating, achieving a green thumb doesn’t have to be a struggle! First off, anyone who has ever grown a plant has killed a plant — so don’t let your past mistakes hold you back. Just remember, plants are living things that need the right environment and care to survive.
The goal is to find the right plant for the right place! This means you need to purchase plants which suit your light, your soil type, and above all are disease and insect resistant. Once you find the right plant gardening gets very EASY!
Comparing annuals to perennials (annuals last one year, perennials return), I’m a fan of both, but annuals always have a place in my garden; they offer fantastic flames of colour all growing season long, whereas perennials often bloom for only short periods of time. In the world of gardening “Full Sun” means at least 6 hours of direct afternoon sun. “Shade” means less than 4 hours of sun, not darkness; the only thing that grows in the dark are mushrooms! “Part Sun” refers to 4 or more hours of morning sun or filtered light through the day.
FOR SHADE: KONG COLEUS — Move over Hosta and make some room for Kong Coleus, with fantastic foliage this shade loving plant adds interest to the garden without flowers. With a range of leaf colours, from greens and yellows to reds and pinks, your shade garden comes alive. These plants are fast growing, mounding and above all easy to grow!
FOR SUN: GERANIUM CALLIOPE — 2 types of geranium on 1 plant! Calliope are a cross between an ivy (trailing) and zonal (upright) geranium. You get the big blooms of a zonal geranium with the trailing habit and drought tolerance of an ivy geranium, meaning Calliopewill withstand the hottest, driest summer conditions and even survive when you forget to water them. With huge double velvety blooms and glossy foliage, Calliope are perfect for pots, hanging baskets, gardens and above all attracts butterflies and hummingbirds!
FOR SUN OR SHADE: SUNPATIENS — With thicker petals and tough foliage SunPatiens are less prone to disease and resistant to downy mildew. This makes them a great replacement for traditional impatiens in the shade garden. Downy mildew is a disease that has decimated traditional impatiens (impatiens walleriana) leaving shade gardeners looking for options. With big blooms, continuous flowering, and sturdy stems SunPatiens thrive during hot humid summer days and survive through wicked weather such as high winds and thunderstorms.
ONtheGO readers: You are the first to know! My favourite annuals will be available for a limited time in Walmart stores across Ontario — look for Easy by Frankie! My goal is to make gardening easy for everyone!
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