success with annual bedding plants in THE northwest
Annual bedding plants can be planted in fall, spring or summer. Their life cycle must be completed inside of a year and though no annual lasts all year, our winter and spring pansies come close.
Shade annuals perform best when receiving morning sun and afternoon shade, dappled sun/shade, or some bright light without direct sun.
Sun loving annuals perform best when receiving at least one half day or more of sun (morning shade or light and warm afternoon sun).
There are a large number of annuals which, when planted together in mixed beds or baskets, do well in a sun/shade environment. Signs stating "Sun/Shade Annuals" refer to plants that perform well in a variety of conditions.
When ready to plant, work soil to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. Whether planting in patio containers, hanging baskets or garden beds, annuals enjoy a loose textured, moisture retentive soil that drains well. Amend soil if necessary with compost or potting soil.
Thoroughly mix in an all purpose organic fertilizer.
Begin planting according to specific plant instructions on individual plant tags or signs. Be sure to gently loosen roots. For best results, water with a B-1 solution for the first 3 or 4 waterings. Bedding annuals have hearty appetites and should be fed at least once a month with a water soluble fertilizer. If you choose a dry granular fertilizer, follow package directions.