Hot New Annuals

Every year the nursery trade comes up with new and better varieties of some of your old favorites. Sometimes the plants are more disease resistant or drought tolerant. Sometimes the colors are brand new and the blooms long-lasting. These are our Hot New Annuals.

You can see these plants in our 15 display beds along the entry way drive (between the Entry Garden walkway and the Barn).

Look for 2017 varieties to be planted by June 1.

Here’s a Sample of 2016 Featured Annuals: Angelonia – Summer Snapdragons

Bed 1 - Alonia Big Blue - Bushy plant with purple blue flower spikes; Long life as a cut flower.

Bed 1 – Alonia Big Blue – Bushy plant with purple blue flower spikes; Long life as a cut flower.

Angelonia is also called summer snapdragon due to its flower spikes that resemble small snapdragons. A sun-loving annual that blooms all summer, it is moderately drought resistant. Angelonia grows 1 to 3 feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide. The plant works well in borders, pots, and window boxes and provides good cut flowers. It also attracts birds, butterflies and bees.

Angelonia flowers on upright spikes at the tips of the main stems and can be mauve, purple, blue, pink, white or bicolor. In 2016, fifteen different varieties of Angelonia were featured in the Linnaeus Teaching Garden display beds located along the drive that parallels the entry walkway.

Bed 2 - 'Serena White – Compact plant with white flowers;

Bed 2 – ‘Serena White – Compact plant with white flowers; (Bubblegum Supertunias are in the background.)