View Full Version : What's your favorite Summer Annual Flower?

03-21-2003, 07:30 PM
Well, it's getting that time of year again,,time to think about Summer Annual Flowers for your high-end contracts.......at least for me anyway. I'm in Zone 7/8 and have several accounts that are flower crazy,,unfortunatey for me I'm not a Flower guru (like most of the Ladies at the jobsites).
I'd like to stick with something that is Low,Low,Low maintenance and gives a nice burst of color all summer,,,or at least most of it.
What do you all prefer?

Thanks in advance

robert payer
03-21-2003, 07:48 PM
Begonias by far!

03-21-2003, 08:24 PM
Impatiens for me!

03-21-2003, 08:34 PM
Wave petunias!

03-21-2003, 09:18 PM
Wave petunias for me also. Beautiful and full of color! Best thing...once there establish they require very little water.

03-21-2003, 09:19 PM
I like to take a digital photo, measure the bed, sun or shade?, find out what the customer likes and how much they'll spend. Bring that to my supplier, let them figure it out. They know way more than me. I try and get $1 per flower unless it's more than a dollar. Then I charge 2 1/2 what it is.

03-21-2003, 09:22 PM
purple waves by far.

03-21-2003, 09:29 PM
Love the waves, anyone have new varities this season?
Colors etc...

03-21-2003, 09:33 PM
this is a shot of purple waves we did at a home, they turned out great.

03-21-2003, 09:34 PM
oops the picture.

03-21-2003, 09:35 PM
They did Begonias last year,, might be nice to wow them with something different this go 'round. BTW these beds are basically full sun,but irrigated.
Any pix of wave Petunia installs? Or any of your flower installs for that matter. I'm trying to get some new design ideas.

03-21-2003, 09:59 PM
I also like petunias, accented with some dusty millers.

Mike Bradbury
03-22-2003, 02:02 AM
Brilliant, bright colors that are very unique.

03-22-2003, 08:38 AM
coleus is one of my favorites I pulled them for replacement a couple of years ago and stuck about 6 in my back yard and propagated about 50 trays from them and resold them just cut a piece off and stick it in a 4" pot and its ready to go in a week

03-22-2003, 09:45 AM
Dalia's & wave petunia

03-22-2003, 06:14 PM
Wow...my favorite?
I don't think I have one. Depends on amount of space and height I can get away with.

If I can get the height and width then cleome puts on a display that last all summer and impresses everyone.

If I have no room then centaureas will dazzle them with a lot of blooms.

Marigolds or nasturtiums come in a variety of sizes and can add that gold touch when needed.

Morning glory and moon glory together on a trellis will get you points with the coffee drinkers.

Wide open spaces take on a majestic wave with poppy.

Snap dragons have new varieties much like the wave petunia. No dead heading and drought tolerant.

Sun flowers can also be had in every size from 2 ft.high to 18 ft high.

Zinnias come in every color and are really impressive.

All that and I have'nt even gotten started.

I love summer...get me some of everything.

03-23-2003, 12:24 PM
I like to us impatians. Sometimes add a mix of snap dragons and dusty miller.

03-24-2003, 12:44 AM
dont waste your time and money by putting impatiens in full sun cause they prefer shade. my fav full sun annuals are begonias, coleus, marigolds, and vinca.

03-24-2003, 07:48 PM
Originally posted by NCSULandscaper
dont waste your time and money by putting impatiens in full sun cause they prefer shade. my fav full sun annuals are begonias, coleus, marigolds, and vinca.

No one said anything about plants being in full sun! Lol. I like Impatiens for a semi-sun shady location, and vinca and coleus for full sun.

03-25-2003, 12:27 PM
Misty Lilac Waves, Dragon Wing Begonias, Gerber Daisy.

03-25-2003, 09:00 PM
Pink and yellow Lantana with Purple fountain grass