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    Cuphea - please refer to plant caretag for specific variety information


Colours - Magenta


Flowering period - During summer months.


Features - Tiny flowers.


Spacing - Plant 12" apart (30 cm).


Height - Grows 12" tall (30 cm).


Soil and water - Well drained, fertile soil. Water as needed.


Light requirements - Plant in sun or part sun.


Best use - Use in gardens or containers.


Growing tips - Poor frost tolerance. Needs regular watering to look good, but can survive short periods of drought. Prune lightly in spring if the plant becomes scraggly.



Annual definition

An annual is a plant that completes its life cycle, from seed to bloom and back to seed again all in a single growing season.


Planning your garden

For beginners it is important to draw a garden layout plan

• Choose plants suitable for the site (sun vs. shade, soil, etc)

• Arrange plants according to their height

• Arrange according to plant form and texture

• Arrange according to flowering periods for constant blooming

• Arrange in groupings by type and color considerations


Spring annuals - FAQs

Q - Can I plant Impatiens in full sun?
A - Impatiens prefer partial sun to shade.


Q - What is the difference between seed and zonal geranium?
A - Seed geranium is grown from seed, zonal is grown from a cutting.


Q - How often should I water my hanging baskets?
A - Water hanging baskets only when the soil is dry to the touch.


Q - When is the best time to water my plants?
A - Early morning is best, because plants have a chance to soak up the moisture. Watering late in the evening can promote disease in plants.


Q - What is the difference between an annual and a perennial?
A - An Annual goes through its life cycle in one summer, and a perennial will bloom summer after summer.


Q - What is a premium annual?
A - A Premium Annual is a plant grown from a cutting.


Q - When is the best time to plant vegetables?
A - After the last heavy frost, usually after Mothers Day.


Q - What is the difference between sun impatiens and regular impatiens?
A - Sun impatiens is commonly known as new guinea impatiens and will generally tolerate more sunny locations.


Q - I love to plant annuals but I hate to pull weeds, what can I do?
A - By using landscape fabrics and/or mulches you can help to prevent weeds from growing up in your garden.


Q - How much fertilizer should I use to make my flower beds look good?
A - Different plants need different fertilizers, fertilizing once every 2 weeks will promote strong healthy plant growth. Too much fertilizer can be bad.


Q - How far apart should I plant my annuals?
A - Consult the plant care tag, this will give you an idea of the height of the plant. A general rule is to plant them 1/2 to 2/3 the height of the plant.


Take a tour of the greenhouse



Select an annual



Click on an annual from the list below to see a photo and find lots of growing and plant care tips.










   Begonia Dragon Wing

   Begonia Non Stop


   Boston Fern




   Carpathian Harebell










   Dusty Miller


   Evolvus Blue Daze


   Garden Mum



   Geranium Ivy

   Geranium Zonal

   Gerbera Daisy







   Impatiens Double

   Impatiens Fiesta

   Impatiens New Guinea





   Marguerite Daisy









   Petunia Wave




   Purslane (Portulaca)