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Flowering Annuals for Your Long Island Garden (video)

Posted on March 20, 2017

Gorgeous multi-colored flower garden filled with annual and perennial flowers


Learn about the many flowering annual varieties, colors, sizes and combinations you can use throughout your garden beds, patio planters and walkways this year. We will discuss the best options for sunny gardens and shady gardens as well as how and when to fertilize. To watch the video presentation, click here. 


Annuals provide more color and interest in gardens and landscapes for longer periods of time than any other garden plants. They are versatile, sturdy and a great value. Also known as bedding plants, annuals can be used to put color anywhere in your garden or landscape, in containers, window boxes, on decks and patios or to beautify steps, entryways and just about any place color is desired.

Here are our favorite annuals for sunny and shady locations:

Bounce Impatiens
These impatiens are resistant to downy mildew and are a great annual for sunny and list shade locations.




BIG Begonias
provide lush, beautiful blooms in hanging baskets, mixed containers and large landscape plantings. Great in sun or shade.




Wait to plant geraniums until after Mother’s Day.

Caliente Geranium
are a great plant for hot sunny areas. The thick, glossy leaves and mounding habit make it one of the most well-adapted plants for the garden.





as the name suggests, this is an impatien that can grow in the sun. The thick petals and tough foliage are less prone to disease, and their sturdy stems tolerate high heat and humidity.




Wave Petunias
are a fast-growing trailing/spreading plant that thrives in full sun with regular feedings of fertilizer. Waves look best cascading down planters and window boxes.




are the perfect plant to brighten a shady spot in the garden. The heart-shaped foliage is available in shades of red, pink and white.




blooms all summer long in a bright, sunny location in soft shades of purple, pink and white. 


Easily add long-lasting vibrant color to your garden this summer with spectacular flowering annual plants. 



Additional Information:
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