Annual plants are here-today, gone-tomorrow party girls. They may have just one season in the sun, but what a season: they flower for an incredibly long time and are invariably so spectacularly beautiful you'll lose your heart to them. Visit Aylings Garden Centre in Petersfield
We stock two kinds of annual in our garden centre in Petersfield: hardy annuals to sow direct from March onwards, and half-hardies to sow under cover as they don't like frost. Here are just some you'll find in our garden centre.
- Ammi majus: lacy white flowers over feathery foliage
- Poached egg plant (Limnanthes douglasii): cheery yellow-and-white flowers
- Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena): starry blue or white flowers followed by architectural seedpods
- Ladybird poppies (Papaver communtatum 'Ladybird'): scarlet papery petals each with a black blotch
- Nasturtiums: abundant red, orange or creamy flowers over rounded leaves
- Cosmos 'Purity': clear white daisies with yellow centres on long stems
- Zinnias: pompom flowers in brilliant scarlets, yellows and purples
- Swan river daisy: profuse mauve daisies tumbling over pots and baskets
- Nemesia: another perfect container plant with pretty, delicate blooms
- Tobacco plant (Nicotiana): charming open flowers in pink, cream and green over big leafy rosettes
Please ask the staff in our Petersfield garden centre for more information and advice about choosing and growing annuals.
How to care for your Annuals
From the moment you buy your plants, they look good. But you also have to get started to make annuals even more beautiful, and keep them in top condition as long as possible. Of course, that only works with the right care, because what belongs to what.
- It is advised in gardening circles to wait for outdoor perennials and patio plants outside until after the icebergs (mid-May) when all risk of frost has passed.
- Almost all annuals and related plants prefer a sunny location.
- Provide good drainage so that the excess water does not remain in the pot.
- Pots with annuals have to get water almost every day in the summer. Even in the garden it may be necessary to pour occasionally in dry weather.
- Plants in pots also need to be fertilized regularly. Easiest are liquid fertilizers or slow-acting fertilizers that are sufficient for the entire growing season. A start fertilizer has been added to some potting soils, so that you do not have to fertilize in the beginning.
- Many species (such as Begonia and Pelargonium) will bloom better and longer if you regularly remove the faded flowers.
Get your Annuals at Aylings Garden Centre
Visit Aylings Garden Centre near Liphook for a wide range of annuals. We have also different perennials, shrubs, roses and more. We welcome you to stroll around in our garden centre and enjoy a cup of tea and/or lunch in our Tea Room while you are here! You can found our opening hours on our contact page. We hope to see you soon in our garden centre!