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Favorite Winter Annuals

Posted by jmblack_nc 7b NC (My Page) on
Fri, Oct 7, 05 at 12:24

Does anyone have a favorite Winter Annual other than pansies??? I was hoping to put a little more variety into my winter flower beds.


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RE: Favorite Winter Annuals

I would love an answer to this also. I am sick of pansies and violas. I did snaps last winter, but they really didn't bloom until the weather warmed up. I don't need flowers necessarily--just something besides pansies and Kale.


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RE: Favorite Winter Annuals

I use curly leaf parsley. It will even look good in a hanging basket. And lots of pots of different kinds of ivy.
Also leaf lettuce, Bright Lights chard and dianthus. A good break from pansies and violas.


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RE: Favorite Winter Annuals

Sweet Alyssum: Lobularia maritima is great were he grows: full autumn, winter and spring color and marvelous scent in any container or sunny slope from a summer sowing.

Combines very well with other winter annuals such as violas or pansies.


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RE: Favorite Winter Annuals

I've been using radicchio as an edging plant in some beds for years. I start the seeds around Labor Day. They're big enough to set out now and provide brilliant color from November through early April when I begin cutting the ruby heads for salad or grilling. I like them much better than ornamental kale or cabbage because they color up well even if winter is warm, which doesn't happen with kale or cabbage.


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RE: Favorite Winter Annuals

Same question, and zone-specific. Anything but pansies and deco cabbages for fairly sheltered, partly shady bed in z6b?


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RE: Favorite Winter Annuals

Calendulas have worked well for me. Some dianthus are good in winter, too, I think. I am not sure which colder zones these bloom during winter. I was told dianthus are good in zone 7.


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