Colour for Summer

Summer-flowering annuals provide masses of colour for the whole summer long. Most plants prefer morning sun and afternoon shade, but some will tolerate hot sunny conditions. A fair number will grow in partial or filtered shade, while only a select few thrive in shady conditions. So once you have decided the locations for your containers, make sure you choose the right plant.

Full sun: Alyssum, celosia, cosmos, dianthus, marigold, nasturtium, petunia, portulaca, salvia, sunflower, zinnia, rudbeckia, verbena, arctotis, felicia, gaura, gazania, lavender, pelargonium.

Celosia

Gaura lindheimeri

Dianthus

Morning sun only: Abutilon, ageratum, aquilegia, fuchsia, lobelia, nicotiana, schizanthus.

Nicotiana

Ageratum

Partial shade: New Guinea impatiens, begonia, coleus, impatiens, fuchsia, lobelia, mimulus, schizanthus, torenia.

Mimulus

New Guinea Impatiens

Shade: begonia, coleus, impatiens.

Coleus

Impatiens

Begonia

Water smart annuals: The following annuals need less water than many others: Begonia sempervirens (shade); cleome (partial shade); and alyssum, celosia, cosmos, cineraria, dianthus, eschscholzia, gaillardia, helichrysum, sunflower, marigold, nasturtium, petunia, phlox, Shirley poppies, portulaca, rudbeckia, salvia, verbena and zinnia (sun).

Cineraria

Gaillardia

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