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What Are the Best Flowers to Plant?

Flower beds are a great solution for areas that you want to have instant color. So, here are some of the best annuals and perennials to plant in your Florida landscape.

This isn't a complete list...just the best performers.

Spring and Summer Annuals

The common names of these flowers are (from left to right):

  • Marigold
  • Salvia
  • Begonia
  • Coleus
  • Pentas

Fall and Winter Annuals

The common names of these flowers are (from left to right):

  • Snapdragon
  • Petunia
  • Dianthus
  • Pansy
  • Impatiens

The down side to planting annuals is that they need a lot of water initially to get established especially in the spring and summer months. This isn't a problem if we get plenty of rain. If we don't get enough rain, they will have to be watered manually with a hose due to the water restrictions.

What is the Difference Between an Annual and a Perennial?

An "annual" is a plant that will die after a few months and have to be replaced. A "perennial" is a plant that will go dormant in the winter and come back in the spring. But, this can get confusing because some perennials are treated as annuals!

For example, looking at the list above, pentas are technically a perennial. They can last for many years in your landscape. But, if they get frost damage in the winter, you will likely want to pull them out and replace them. So, even though they are a perennial, they are often treated as an annual.

Same thing with begonias. They are technically a perennial but they are treated as annuals (they are pulled out and replaced).

Speaking of perennials...

Perennials to Grow in Your Landscape

Here are some perennials to consider for planting in your Florida landscape. Again, this isn't a complete list. These are just a few of the best performers.

The common names of these flowers are (from left to right):

  • Daylily
  • Plumbago
  • Allamanda
  • Mexican Petunia
  • Caladium

How to Water Your New Flowers

picture of dramm nozzle

Initially, your newly planted flowers may need to be watered by hand. This depends on: 1) the season 2) the amount of rain you get 3) your sprinkler system and 4) whether they are planted in the sun or shade.

New flowers that are planted in full sun will probably need to be watered every day in the summer time. This is especially true if your irrigation system didn't run or it didn't rain. Annuals have a shallow root system that are right near the soil surface so they dry out very quickly!

It's easy to tell if your annuals need water by looking at the soil. If the soil is dark brown then they don't need water. If the soil is light brown then they probably do need water.

The best tool to use for watering flowers in the ground, containers, or in hanging baskets is a Dramm water breaker nozzle (picture on right). The best thing about this simple little nozzle is that it puts out a lot of water without damaging your plants. You won't find this nozzle at one of the big home improvement stores. You'll need to order it online.

The key to growing beautiful flowers in your Florida landscape is water. If your flowers get enough water they will thrive!

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