Embrace Your Annual Flower Plantings: They Really Generate Happiness

There’s something about planting annuals… and now there’s proof. Flowers generate happiness.

“Flowers and ornamental plants increase levels of positive energy and help people feel secure and relaxed… Flowers can help you achieve a more optimistic outlook on your life, bringing you both pleasing visual stimulation and helping you to increase your perceived happiness.”

– The Ellison Chair in International Floriculture

Discover 2013’s Garden Trends for Bedding Plants

Colour trends for 2013 include: cerulean blue, purple (the new neutral), positive pink, happy yellow and healthy green.

Check out these fun selections below, in the top five colours, from Proven Winners.

Note: I have chosen to show plants from this catalogue because I admire Proven Winners for their success in growing plants that are trialed and tested. As a result you get annuals that bloom all season long, are easy to care for and are disease free. You can shop locally at your favorite garden centre for these and many more Proven Winners annuals.

Summer Snapdragon Angelface Dresden Blue

Summer Snapdragon Angelface Dresden Blue

Angelonia, Angelface series, Dresden Blue

Blooms all season; heat and drought tolerant plants; grape-scented foliage; low maintenance. Also terrific for use as cut flowers, these stems will last up to ten days in a vase.

  • Award Winner
  • Fragrant Foliage
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Deadheading Not Necessary
  • Drought Tolerant

Resists: 

  • Deer
  • Native to North America

Characteristics

Light Requirement:  Sun

Garden Height:  18 – 24 Inches

Spacing Maximum:  14 Inches

Flower Colors:  Blue

 

Nemesia Bluebird

Nemesia Bluebird

Nemesia ‘Bluebird’

Clove-scented blue flowers all season; excellent for early spring

  • Best Seller
  • Award Winner
  • Fall Interest
  • Deadheading Not Necessary

Characteristics

Light Requirement:  Part Sun to Sun

Garden Height:  10 – 12 Inches

Spacing Maximum:  10 Inches

Flower Colors:  Purple

Habit:  Upright

 

new guinea impatiens infinity dark pink

new guinea impatiens infinity dark pink

New Guinea Impatiens, Infinity Series “Dark Pink”

Vigorous, upright plants with large flowers; great flowering color for shaded areas. Note: When I have used this plant in Vancouver gardens, it is an absolute must that the soil remains evenly moist. It seems to prefer morning light and shade during the afternoon heat.

  • Award Winner
  • Deadheading Not Necessary

Characteristics

Light Requirement:  Part Shade to Shade

Garden Height:  10 – 14 Inches

Spacing Maximum:  8 Inches

Flower Colors:  Pink

Habit:  Mounded

 

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Lantana Luscious ‘Pia Colada’

Lantana Luscious Series: Pia Colada

Puffs of small white flowers packed into cluster adorn the dark foliage of this plant. The extreme heat tolerance make it a winner in any warm summer climate. Note: Lantana is a favorite of mine for hanging baskets and containers, it is a great performer.

  • Award Winner
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Drought Tolerant

Attracts: 

  • Birds
  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds

Characteristics

Light Requirement:  Sun

Height Category:  Medium

Garden Height:  12 – 26 Inches

Spread:  12 – 24 Inches

Flower Colors:  White- Yellow

Bloom Time:  Planting To Frost

 

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Sweet Potato Vine, Illusion Series ‘Emerald Lace’

Great foliage component plant in combinations; excellent heat tolerance and good vigor.

  • Award Winner
  • Foliage Interest
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Deadheading Not Necessary

Characteristics

Height Category:  Medium

Garden Height:  6 – 10 Inches

Trails Up To:  48 Inches

Spacing Maximum:  12 Inches

Spread:  24 – 36 Inches

Foliage Colors:  Green

Habit:  Trailing

As gardeners we all know the immense benefit of spending time in the garden, tending to plants and enjoying your own cultivated piece of paradise. Plants are often considered to be one of life’s little luxuries, when in fact they are truly a necessity. With them, the cycle of life continues. Because of them, our health and wellbeing flourishes. The Ellison Chair in International Floriculture’s recent article, Health and Well-Being Benefits of Plants, it is shown that “Spending time in natural environments makes people better at doing their jobs. It also increases energy levels and feelings of vitality.” Enjoy your time spent planting annuals this year, as you can see, it’s a necessity.

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About Jessica Salvador

Jessica has spent over ten years in the landscaping industry in nursery production, landscape maintenance and garden centre sales. She graduated in 2002 from the highly recognized horticulture program at Capilano University as a Certified Landscape Horticulturist. Higher Ground Gardens, your West Side Vancouver gardening and landscaping professionals for hedge trimming, pruning, bark mulch delivery, yard clean up, and on going gardening and landscaping maintenance. Gardening Vancouver, The Garden Pro's to call from Spring through Fall.
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