Four Versatile Garden Environments

...for all areas of your yard

Adaptable annuals can beautify nearly any spot in your home landscape. Proper plant selections can provide cool weather colour, brighten a shady spot, dress up a hot dry location or accent an open, sunny area. Many annuals do well in a variety of conditions

Cool Garden Candidates:

bachelor’s buttons, calendula, cornflower, dianthus, diascia, larkspur, lobelia, mimulus, nasturtium, nierembergia, ornamental cabbage, ornamental kale, pansies, petunia, phlox, snapdragons, stock, sweet alyssum, sweet peas, viola

Shady Garden Show Offs:

ageratum, alyssum, aster, balsam, begonia, browallia, clarkia, coleus, dahlia, dianthus, dusty miller, forget-me-not, fuchsia, impatiens, lobelia, mimulus, nicotiana, pansy, salpiglossis, salvia, torenia, vinca, viola

Sunny Garden Selections:

ageratum, alyssum, aster, balsam, calendula, celosia, cleome, cornflower, cosmos, Dahlberg daisy, dahlia, dianthus, dusty miller, fan flower (scaevola), gaillardia, gazania, geranium, grass gloriosa daisy, lantana, marigold, million bells, nasturtium, nicotiana, petunia, phlox, salvia, snapdragons, stock, verbena, zinnia

Fun plant combinations for a sunny site:

  • celosia, dusty miller and verbena
  • fountain grass, lantana and petunia
  • zinnia, fan flower and coleus
  • million bells, phlox and salvia

Performers for Hot-and-Dry Gardens:

African daisy, amaranthus, celosia, cleome, cosmos, dusty miller, gazania, gerbera, gloriosa daisy, kochia, livingstone daisy, marigold, melampodium, ornamental peppers, poppy, phlox, salvia, statice, sunflower, sweat pea, portulaca, verbena, vinca, zinnia

Hot dry sites can prove difficult as some plants are not able to cope with lack of moisture and the heat. Plants that thrive in these conditions usually exhibit some of the following characteristics:

  • grey, silver or blue leaves that are covered with fine hairs or have a waxy surface will deflect sun rays
  • plants with fragrant foliage exude volatile oils which form a haze around the plant and acts as a sun blocker
  • succulent plants have thick fleshy leaves that store water to prevent dehydration perform best in a soil that is not overly fertile.