Inexpensive Annual Flowers for Your Garden
1. BACHELOR’S BUTTON
Also known as cornflower, this annual has fringed, daisy-like blue, white, pink or purple blooms. Sow seed directly in the garden in early spring. Bachelor’s button prefers full sun and blooms late in the season, even past frost.
Most annuals are small and compact, but cosmos grows to 4 feet high, with spidery foliage and daisy-like flowers. Sow cosmos seeds in spring, after the last frost, in full sun. They’ll bloom profusely most of the summer and work well at the back of the garden.
These common flowers brighten hanging baskets and pots with their blooms all summer. They are slow to grow from seed, but are easily propagated from cuttings. Many gardeners bring geraniums indoors over the winter. Cut them back and set them in a cool, indoor location until the following spring.
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