Whether a sturdy perennial or a vibrant annual, decorative grass will fill in your landscape with texture and interest and offer wildlife shelter.

Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum)

Light: Full Sun Annual

Water: Occasionally

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size: 3-4 Feet

Varieties:

Plant Time:

Blooms: June - September

Uses: 

Resistant to: 

Tips

Bacopa (Sutera cordata)

Light: Full Sun

Water: Frequently

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size: 3"-6"

Varieties:

Plant Time:

Blooms: June-September

Uses: A lovely container or hanging basket plant.

Resistant to:

Tips: Dry soil will interrupt flowering!

African Daisy (Arctotis)

Light: Full Sun

Water: Occasionally

Mature Size: 12"-24"

Varieties:

Plant Time:

Blooms:

Uses: Groundcover

Resistant to: 

Begonia

Light: Sun to Partial Shade

Water: Frequently

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size: 15"-18"

Varieties:

Plant Time:

Blooms: May-September

Uses: A lovely container or hanging basket plant.

Resistant to:

Tips: 

Calibrachoa

Light: Full Sun

Water: Frequently

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size: 6"-12"

Varieties:

Plant Time:

Blooms: May-September

Uses: A lovely container or hanging basket plant.

Resistant to:

Tips: Pinch older blooms back regularly to keep compact and blooming over and over.

Celosia (Celosia argentea)

Light: Full Sun

Water: Infrequently

Soil: Dry

Mature Size: 8"-24"

Varieties:

Plant Time:

Blooms: June-September

Uses: Great for Sunny, dry areas.

Resistant to:

Tips: Celosia need space! Don't leave in tight packs long before planting.

Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides)

Light: Shade

Water: 

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size: 12"-24"

Varieties:

Plant Time:

Blooms: N/A

Uses: Adds vibrant color to shady areas.

Resistant to:

Tips: Remove flower spikes to keep plants look short and compact.

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Light: Full Sun

Water: Regularly

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size: 12"-24"

Varieties:

Plant Time:

Blooms: Junes-September

Uses: Attracts birds and butterflies!

Resistant to:

Tips: Don't water r fertilize Cosmos too much! It may lead to fewer blooms. 

Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)

Light: Full Sun

Water: Regularly

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size: 12"-24"

Varieties:

Plant Time:

Blooms: Junes-September

Uses: Attracts birds and butterflies!

Resistant to:

Tips: Don't water r fertilize Cosmos too much! It may lead to fewer blooms. 

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Light: Full Shade

Water: Regularly

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size: 18"-24"

Varieties:

Plant Time:

Blooms: May-September

Uses: Brilliant colored with a sense of the exotic, Fuchsia add great color to shady areas and make a fantastic hanging basket plant.

Resistant to:

Tips: Bring hanging basket fuchsia into your garage and trim back in the fall to bring them back next year!

Dianthus (Dianthus chinensis)

Light: Full Sun / Partial Shade

Water: Regularly

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size: 6"-18"

Varieties:

Plant Time:

Blooms: May-September

Uses: Dianthus can be planted a bit earlier than other annuals. Tall varieties make a nice cut flower.

Resistant to:

Tips: Leave heads to self-seed- they may return next year. Dianthus may be susceptible to root and stem problems, so ensure good drainage.

Fuchsia

Light: Full Shade

Water: Regularly

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size: 18"-24"

Varieties:

Plant Time:

Blooms: May-September

Uses: Brilliant colored with a sense of the exotic, Fuchsia add great color to shady areas and make a fantastic hanging basket plant.

Resistant to:

Tips: Bring hanging basket fuchsia into your garage and trim back in the fall to bring them back next year!

Geranium (Pelargonium x hortorum)

Light: Full Sun

Water: Regularly

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size: 12"-18"

Varieties:

Plant Time:

Blooms: May-September

Uses: Great for containers, handing baskets, and bedding.

Tips: Overwatering, especially during heat waves, can damage your geraniums.

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Light: Full Sun

Water: Regularly

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size: 12"-18"

Varieties:

Plant Time:

Blooms: May-September

Uses: Great for containers, handing baskets, and bedding.

Tips: Overwatering, especially during heat waves, can damage your geraniums.

Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)

Light: Full Sun

Water: Regularly

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size: 2-6 Feet

Varieties:

Plant Time:

Blooms: June-August

Uses: A great background and cutting plant.

Tips: Hollyhock may need to be staked so that they are not broken by wind. Pinch back the main stem early in the season to produce shorter, fuller plants. Hollyhock may reseed itself and come back the following year.

Impatiens

Light: Partial Sun / Partial Shade

Water: Regularly

Soil: Moist

Mature Size: 6"-18"

Varieties:

Blooms: May-September

Uses: Enormously popular as a bedding plant for their pleasant and wide-ranging colors.

Tips: Healthiest in soils that can retain some moisture.

Lantana (Lantana camara)

Light: Full Sun.

Soil: Dry

Mature Size: 12"-24"

Varieties:

Blooms: June-September

Resists: Heat

Uses: Attracts Butterflies!

Tips: Resilient in various conditions.

Lavender $$$$$$$$$$

Light: Full Sun.

Soil: Dry

Mature Size: 12"-24"

Varieties:

Blooms: June-September

Resists:

Uses: Attracts Butterflies!

Tips: Resilient in various conditions.

Lobelia (Lobelia erinus)

Light: Full Sun / Partial Shade

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size: 6"-12"

Varieties:

Blooms: June-September

Resists:

Uses: A popular option for containers and hanging baskets, and makes a lovely border.

Tips: Lobelia appreciates cooler weather and won't bloom well in strong heat.

Marigold (Tagetes sp.)

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size: 1-3 Feet

Varieties:

Blooms: May-September

Resists:

Uses: A popular option for containers and hanging baskets, and makes a lovely border.

Tips: Marigolds attract butterflies, but deter other garden pests- plant near your vegetables!

 

Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica)

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size: 18"-24"

Varieties:

Blooms: May-September

Resists:

Uses: 

Tips: Interesting and attractive in nearly every way, Milkweed sap may be irritating, and their prodigious expansion can make them really seem more like a weed at times.

 

Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)

Light: Full Sun / Partial Shade

Soil: 

Mature Size: 8"-15"

Varieties:

Blooms: N/A

Resists:

Uses: 

Tips:

 

Osteopernum

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size: 12"-18"

Varieties:

Blooms: May-September

Resists:

Uses: Early color

Tips: Plant early or in the fall, as flowering tends to diminish during the hottest months.

 

Pansy

Light: Full Sun - Partial Sun/Shade

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size: 6"-12"

Varieties:

Blooms: March-October

Resists:

Uses: Early color

Tips: Great for early or late-season color.

 

Petunia

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size: 6"-3 Feet

Varieties:

Blooms: May-September

Resists:

Uses: Petunias are a must-have for nearly every annual garden. Coming in an enormous array of colors, they can fit into nearly any sunny area and are commonly used in hanging baskets.

Tips: 

 

Rudbeckia (Rudbeckia hirta)

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size: 18"-36"

Varieties:

Blooms: June-September

Resists:

Uses: Playful, daisy-like flowers, beautiful for cuttings.

Tips: Attracts butterflies, decline in hot, humid weather.

 

Salvia

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size: 18"-36"

Varieties:

Blooms: May-September

Resists:

Uses: A good option when soil is a bit dry.

Tips: 

 

Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size: 3 Feet

Varieties:

Blooms: May-September

Resists:

Uses: 

Tips: If planted mid to late summer, Snapdragon will do well until a hard frost.

 

Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size: 3 Feet - 10 Feet

Varieties:

Blooms:

Resists:

Uses: 

Tips:

 

Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomoea batatus)

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size:

Varieties:

Blooms:

Resists:

Uses: Groundcover, available in colors from deep read to bright green.

Tips: This vigorous vine can spread great distances, and is a beautiful addition to containers or hanging baskets.

 

Verbena

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Dry

Mature Size: 18"-24"

Varieties:

Blooms: May-September

Resists:

Uses: Great for Sunny, dry areas. Attracts butterflies.

Tips: Tolerates cold well.

 

Vinca Vine (Catharanthus roseus)

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Dry

Mature Size: 9"-16"

Varieties:

Blooms: June-September

Resists:

Uses: Containers and bedding plant. Tolerates heat and stress well.

Tips: Don't plant in wet or cold soil- allow soil to warm before planting.

 

Zinnia

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Moist, Well-Drained

Mature Size: 8"-24"

Varieties:

Blooms: May-September

Resists:

Uses: Beautiful cut flower.

Tips: Look for varieties resistant to powdery mildew.