When to Plant Annuals for Mid-October Bloom - 5B

kyndalmFebruary 17, 2010

Hi All!

I am a new member but have been a frequent reader for some time. Many helpful and knowledgeable individuals!!

We are getting married on October 16th and have decided to grow our own annual flowers for it.

I did some research and have chosen:

-Several types of sunflowers including Burpee's Fun N Sun Hybrid Mix, Chianti Hybrid and Italian White.

- Bachelor Button

- Zinnias including Pinwheel Mix and Cut and Come Again Mix

- Coreopsis

- Verbena

I have also bought the "mega pack" of wildflowers that have many different flowers.

First question is are these wise choices?

Second - any more suggestions?

Third - when in the world should I plant these to have them in good condition for Mid-October? As soon as we're frost free or wait a little later?

Fourth - There is a slight possibility that we might have a frost before our wedding. Will that ruin the whole thing?


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neil_allen(z5/6 Chi IL)

Batchelor button is a good choice because it can take a light frost, and in many parts of 5b the chances of a frost by mid-October are better than slight.

I'd add a mix of double calendula -- the old Pacific Beauty mix would be fine. The flowers are much smaller than sunflowers, but they aren't tiny, they cover some of the color range you're looking for and they're very frost hardy.

You don't have to start either of these early. I'd wait to start the batchelor's buttons until summer, so they won't exhaust themselves by October. The calendula seem to bloom and bloom. Plant a goodly number of each.

You might think of something like a double feverfew to give you a white filler. They're also cold-hardy.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2010 at 8:58AM
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Rudbeckias can last well into October. They can take a light frost. Calendulas are very frost hardy, but they need support if you want tall, straight stems. Snapdragons are extremely hardly, in fact they are considered a tender perennial. They are one of my all-time favorites for cutflowers.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2010 at 1:42PM
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