Sunday, March 8, 2020

Five Annual Flowers That Don't Mind Pocono Mountain Frosty Springs

March, April, and even May in the Poconos ... can be very unpredictable. One day it's 70 degrees, and the next day we could have a dusting of snow. Soon many nurseries and big box stores in my neck of the woods will be stocking their shelves with all kinds of annuals and perennials. If you're like me,  by this time you have already been bitten by the "planting bug". So, we have to choose wisely. Let me tell you about some annuals that don't mind a little chill.

Sweet Alyssum. If you haven't grown it, it is a lovely little plant. It can easily spread a foot wide and anywhere from 3 to 8 inches tall depending on the variety. It likes the sun, but will tolerate some shade. It also is very drought tolerant as well. And it smells ... heavenly.  It comes in shades of white, pink, and lavender. And the biggest plus for me? Nothing eats it! Not deer, slugs, groundhogs, or squirrels. 

Calendula. Also known as Pot Marigold, it is a pretty flower with bright yellow or orange petals. It tolerates full sun to shade and grows 1 to 3 feet in height. Its petals can be added to soups, stews, and salads giving the dishes a slightly spicy taste.

Pansies are an early Spring staple here in the Poconos. They come in a multitude of bright colors. They grow 4 to 8 inches in height and and 8 - 12 inches in width.They absolutely love the cool weather and grow best in full sun or light shade. They will bloom brightly right into Summer before they need to rest. Shear them back and they often return for a second flush of flowers in the Fall. 

Petunias? Yes, Petunias. They love to bask in the sun, but also do well in partial shade. They won't survive hard freezes, but are considered cold tolerant to temperatures hovering around 39 degrees. They come in a variety of types and sizes.

Snapdragons. They love sun, but do their best when temperatures are cooler. The come in an array of colors and sizes. I happen to love the dwarf varieties. Keep them well watered and pinched back and they will continue to bloom right into Summer. 


1 comment:

  1. They're all really pretty flowers. I basically choose things that will survive the conditions they're growing in. My favourite annuals are ones that seed themselves and come back the following year. Alyssum used to do that in my garden, but it seems to have disappeared and until now I forgot about it. It's a great ground cover and bees love it. Happy planting!