1.Lobelia – (annual) Most varieties of Lobelia are compact and grown only 3 to 5 inches tall, others will grow up to 3 feet. Colors available include white, pink, red, and blue. The violet-blue is probably one of the most commonly seen. Lobelia are great from about mid-summer, continuing on up to the first frost.
2. Fuchsia – (perennial) The fuchsia flower is a beautiful and exotic flower that stands out because of its very unusual shape. They can be grown anywhere in your garden, but will grow best in hanging baskets. They prefer temperatures that are a little cooler and don’t do as well when they get too much sunshine. Too much hot weather will weaken the fuchsia plant so if you have days that are hotter than 80* ( which is pretty much all Summer here in Utah), make sure you keep it in the coolest spot possible in the shade. Before the first frost of Fall, you can keep your fuchsia growing by taking it inside your home for the winter. Once Summer hits again, you will be able to take it outside, and enjoy all Summer long. Colors include shades of pinks, purple, coral, and white.
3. Trailing Pansies – (annual) Pansies have been said to need almost little care, and the color combinations are almost limitless! If you will pinch off the dead blooms (deadheading) you will see longer periods of blooms through the Summer and fall depending on how cold it gets.
4. Impatiens – (annual) You should only plant your Impatiens once all danger of frost has passed. They are very sensitive and will need to be watered on a daily basis, and when temperatures reach over 85° they will need to be watered twice a day. One nice thing about Impatiens is that they do not need to be deadheaded, and they will continue to bloom all season long! Colors include shades of pink, white, purple, red, and orange.
5. Sweet Alyssum – (annual) This is a perfect plant for Utah, as they are very hardy and can withstand the heat and droughts we experience here. Sweet Alyssum flowers have a sweet fragrance (which is one of my favorites 😊) Alyssum is not frost-tolerant so you will want to wait until after danger of frost has passed to plant. Alyssum plants will self sow and can add beautiful color year after year if you decide to plant them in your garden. Partial sun/partial shade is best for Alyssum. Deadheading is not necessary. Colors include purple, white, pink, yellow, and sometimes peach.
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