By Marion McParland
Are you looking for a quick and easy way to fill in your flowerbeds or close some gaps in your garden? Annuals come in a colorful mix. With dozens to choose from, you can select the varieties that will work with your sun, shade and soil conditions. They will also add a pop of color to your windowbox plantings and container gardens.
PHS Meadowbrook Farm is having a Father’s Day sale on annuals this weekend, June 13 through 15, with all annuals 25% off. PHS members save an additional 10%. Choose from petunias, calibrachoa, geraniums, sweet potato vines, New Guinea impatiens, coleus, caladium, and many others.
An annual plant is a plant that completes its life cycle, from germination to the production of seed, within one year, and then dies. Summer annuals germinate during spring or early summer and mature by autumn of the same year.
Ornamental sweet potato vines are a beautiful and reliable addition to any landscape or container garden. These hardy annuals will thrive in the heat of summer. You will find Ipomoea batatas Illusion® Emerald Lace, Ipomoea batatas Illusion® Midnight Lace and Ipomoea batatas ‘Sweet Caroline Bewitched’ in stock, among others, at Meadowbrook Farm.
Coleus, also known as flame nettle, painted nettle and painted leaf, is excellent as a border in shady areas or interspersed with shade-tolerant perennials that bloom for only a short time. It draws attention with its brightly colored, boldly patterned leaves in shades of red, orange, yellow, green, pink, purple, and white.
Calibrachoa is closely related to the Petunia genus. There are more than two dozen species from South America and parts of the southern United States. While they are evergreen perennials, they are primarily grown as annuals or short-lived perennials. Shaped like a petunia, calibrachoa produces sprawling foliage and thrives in the sun or part-shade. You’ll find them in hanging baskets at Meadowbrook Farm, as well as in 4.5 inch individual pots. These easy keepers are low maintenance because you do not need to dead head, or remove dead flowers, like you do with a petunia.
Visit Meadowbrook Farm this month to find these annuals, as well as veggies, herbs, annual grasses and an assortment of hanging baskets all on sale. Remember, PHS members always save 10% on plants. Become a member on site and enjoy additional savings on your purchases.
PHS Meadowbrook Farm is located at 1633 Washington Lane in Abington Township, Pennsylvania. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 215.887.5900 or click here.