Homeowners want a garden full of color. They want a landscape they can
be proud of, but they don’t want to devote all of their free time to
keeping it weed-free and beautiful.
In pursuit of the proverbial “no-maintenance garden,” many people look
to perennial flowers, which do not need to be planted every year (but do
require dividing regularly), often neglecting an easy solution—one that
offers an entire summer’s worth of color and stifles weeds in the
It’s True: Seed-grown annual
flowers can reduce the time you spend maintaining your garden, while filling it
with glorious color!
Filling in the
A garden takes time to reach its mature and beautiful potential. In
the meanwhile there are choices to be made.
1. Do you plant
shrubs and perennials too close together, and then go back and trim
or remove excess growth later?
2. Do you fill in empty spaces with a thick layer of mulch, leaving
your garden looking like a lot of mulch and too few plants? … or …
3. Do you plant colorful annuals in the empty spaces, where they
will stifle weeds and add color and interest?
Well, when you
put it that way …
Annual flowers are the perfect companion to shrubs and perennials in
the home landscape. Once planted, they are colorful, carefree, and
they never need dividing. And a border of annual flower will prevent
weeds, just as mulch will. But it will do it with beauty and style!
Easy from Seed: Five Great Choices to Grow from Seed Sown
Directly into the Garden