We feed our souls with our color plants and their ever changing parade of color. They are the fireworks of the garden. Perennials usually bloom for only a few weeks in the garden but provide bursts of color while saving much of their energy to make it through the following winter so they can repeat the show the following season. Annuals need to be replanted each year but they use all their energy to produce color and excitement for much of the growing season. Since annual crops like geraniums, begonias, impatiens, marigolds, zinnias and hundreds more are not storing energy for the next season they use all their energy to create a special show this year. You can find most all kinds of annuals available as transplants that cost a little more but will make a statement right away in your container gardens, hanging baskets or flower beds. There are many crops you can still start from seed or cuttings to enjoy this year.
Rodd Moesel serves on the Oklahoma Horticulture Industrial Council and the Oklahoma State University agriculture dean's advisory committee. He is a former president of the Oklahoma Greenhouse Growers. Email garden and landscape questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.