Do you avoid annual flowers, thinking these outdoor plants aren’t worth the investment?
The truth is that annuals can take any landscape from drab to fabulous, and the dramatic blooms add a huge boost of beauty and color to any Utah garden.
Why, then, do annual flowers have such a bad rap? Below, we expose four common myths about annuals and explain why these lively flowers are an excellent choice for your garden.
Myth #1: Annual Flowers Are Expensive
Do you need to have a big gardening budget to afford annuals? That’s what many Northern Utah gardeners believe.
The reality is that, although annuals sometimes cost more than perennial flowers, each plant packs an incredible punch of color. So, you don’t need to plant many to give your yard a colorful, eye-catching look.
Myth #2: Annual Flowers Don’t Last Long
Do annuals die once the frost and extreme cold of fall arrives? They have a short-lived planting season – too short, according to Utah gardeners.
While it’s true that annuals don’t come back year after year like perennial flowers, this can easily be forgiven if you consider the huge impact the beautiful blooms make during the spring and summer. And, if you plant them as early as possible, right after the last frost, you can enjoy a longer growing season.
Myth #3: Annuals Require a Lot of Maintenance
If you plant annuals, you’ll have to spend a great deal of time maintaining your garden. Right?
Not necessarily. Some varieties do require frequent watering or deadheading, but different annuals have different needs. Choose the right annual varieties for your area of Northern Utah, and you can get by with much less plant maintenance.
Myth #4: There’s No Good Place to Plant Annuals
Adding pops of color to your landscape sounds like a good idea. But where, exactly, are you supposed to plant annuals? For many Northern Utah gardeners, placement can pose a challenge.
If you need ideas for incorporating annuals into your garden or landscape, all you need to do is visit a local garden center, like Millcreek Gardens. Our helpful, experienced team can give you suggestions on how to enhance the beauty of your property. Or, you can simply place annuals in high-visibility areas and entryways, either among your landscape plants, in hanging baskets or container gardens.
Have we convinced you to plant annual flowers this year? When you’re ready to start shopping, head to Millcreek Gardens. Our plant nursery is stocked with a vast array of gorgeous, healthy annuals that can add a perfect touch of color and beauty to your property.
The friendly plant nursery staff at Millcreek Gardens is happy to steer you toward the best annuals for your landscape. Stop by our Salt Lake City garden center today to find your ideal annual flowers and other outdoor plants.