Common Zone 9 Annuals: Choosing Annuals For Zone 9 Gardens
Zone 9 Garden Plants: Common Annuals And Flowers
A common annual plant is one which grows from year to year. They are often used in landscape because they grow well and have few pests or diseases.
There are many types of perennial plants which grow from year to year. Some of them may not be suitable for your garden, but some of them will work very well. You need to choose an annual plant with good growth habit and pest resistance. A common annual plant should not be invasive in your garden and it should provide you with years of enjoyment.
In addition to these common annuals, there are also other kinds of perennials which grow from year to year. These include herbs, shrubs and trees.
Some of them are attractive for their beauty while others offer protection against pests and disease problems. Some common plants are also grown as annuals. Some popular annual plants include marigolds, nasturtiums, petunias, impatiens and vinca. The flowers of annual plants die in winter and are regenerated from the roots every spring. Annuals are the easiest plants to grow in your garden. You can plant them in the soil anytime of the year. They need frequent watering every week and feeding with a fertilizer once in two weeks. Annuals are very easy to propagate by seeds.
Before selecting and planting an annual, you should make sure that it is suitable for your climate and gardening zone. If you live in zones 1-3, you should choose a plant which grows in these zones.
You can also search for plants which grow in zones 4-10. You will get more options to choose from. Common annuals are sun loving plants. They thrive well in direct sunlight. If you live in zones 4-10, you can plant them outdoors in spring after all danger of frost is gone. In zones 1-3, you should keep them indoors in pots or else they will not survive the cold winter.
Zone 9 Annuals: Choosing Annu
There are many different types of annual plants and so many different growing conditions to take into account that it would be nearly impossible to list every single one and how to care for it. Instead, this list will cover the most common types of annuals grown in the average garden and the best practices for growing them successfully.
One important thing to keep in mind is that many annuals are tropical or sub-tropical plants (meaning they come from places with consistently warm climates all year round). Since these types of plants cannot survive our colder winters, we grow them as annuals (they live for only one year and then die).
You generally have to plant these types of plants each year, unless you live in a tropical or sub-tropical area (like south Florida or the southern tip of California) where you can grow these types of plants as perennials.
One way to tell if you have a tropical or sub-tropical plant is to see if it has “evergreen” in its name. For example:Christmas cactus (which actually has pink flowers, not red) and cymbidium orchids are both tropical plants, whereas peace lilies and spider plants are both sub-tropical plants.
Annuals can either be easy or difficult to grow depending on the type of plant, so you should do some research before you buy any plants to make sure that they are going to be easy for you to take care of. It will save you a lot of frustration later on if you do a little research first.
Also, some plants will have specific growing conditions that they require in order to thrive (i.e.
they need moist soil, partial sunlight, etc.). Plants that grow in fields or meadows will naturally require different growing conditions than plants that grow near the ocean or in marshlands. Again, you should research the specific growing conditions for the type of plant that you are trying to grow before you buy any plants, in order to prevent failure.
Some examples of annuals commonly grown in gardens include:aster, bachelor’s button, calendula, candy tuft, celosia, Chinese houses, cosmos, gay feather, globe amaranth, milkweed, nasturtium, ornamental cabbage, pentas, sunflower and zinnia.
These plants can grow in a wide range of conditions, but all of them need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. If you don’t live in a place that has at least 6 hours of sunlight per day (and most people don’t), you will either need to move (very unlikely) or build a solar greenhouse (very expensive and complicated).
You will probably need to water these plants every day or every other day, depending on the weather and how much sun they get. Most of these plants prefer warmer weather and will not grow as well if the temperature gets below 60 degrees (16 Celsius).
In summary, most annuals need:6+ hours of direct sunlightwarmer temperatures (above 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 16 Celsius)
and at least 1 inch of water per week.
If you live in an apartment, these plants are not recommended for you (unless you have a sunny porch or a window that gets a lot of sun).
If you live in a house (and especially if you have a yard), these plants are perfect for you. You will just need to follow the instructions above for successful growing.
Besides these basic guidelines, there are other factors that you will also need to think about when choosing and planting your annuals.
Sources & references used in this article:
Annuals for every garden by SD Appell – 2003 – books.google.com
Taylor’s guide to growing North America’s favorite plants: proven perennials, annuals, flowering trees, shrubs, & vines for every garden by G Burnie – 2005 – Fog City Press
Taylor’s Guide to Annuals: how to select and grow more than 400 annuals, biennials, and tender perennials by B Ellis – 2000 – books.google.com
Annual plants: adaptations to desert environments by BW Ellis – 1999 – books.google.com
Response of landscape-grown warm-and cool-season annuals to nitrogen fertilization at five rates by TW Mulroy, PW Rundel – Bioscience, 1977 – academic.oup.com
Herbaceous ornamentals: annuals, perennials, and ornamental grasses by G Shurberg, AL Shober, C Wiese, G Denny… – …, 2012 – journals.ashs.org