Mix organic matter and fertilizer into your soil when you plant annuals, or use a packaged potting mix that has fertilizer in it. Make sure to water thoroughly, so the plant roots don’t get burned. Most annuals bloom heavily for several weeks before they need feeding again; then you can add a slow-release fertilizer or use a liquid or water-soluble fertilizer about every two weeks. Shown here: Superbells® 'Strawberry Punch' Calibrachoa
Take time during winter to plant cuttings you took of summer annuals. Once cuttings develop roots, shift them into pots filled with a commercial soilless mix—the kind you use to fill containers for summer annuals. Tuck cuttings into small pots 4 or 5 inches wide. Keep soil moist after planting until you see new growth.
Large planters can bring a porch, patio or driveway to colorful life when you fill them to overflowing with flowering annuals. Start with a planter that’s at least 14 inches across to create a (somewhat) mobile flower garden. This large container features bloomers in bright colors: ‘Tiger Eye’ gloriosa daisy (Rudbeckia), ‘Summer Jewel Red’ Savia coccinea, Profusion Double Fire zinnia and ‘Callie Purple’ calibrachoa.
When coordinating an autumnal color scheme, think outside the box. Modern black planters can be used year-round, and cranberry-red flowering annuals are an easy way to add a touch of fall flair. When mixed together, black, dark green and cranberry red create a bold palette that is appropriate but unexpected for fall.
Cranberry sauce is one of the most popular culinary elements of Thanksgiving. Put a decorative spin on cranberry tones by using them as accents for your porch's fall decor through seasonal flowers and plants.
One of the most anticipated holiday traditions at Biltmore House is the annual tree raising. Hundreds of visitors gather to watch as a 40-person team carefully maneuvers the massive Christmas tree past priceless antiques and into position in the Banquet Hall.
A stone walkway leads to the pool and hot tub, pool house, outdoor kitchen and dining areas. The landscape designer created an abundance of planting beds and used mostly native plants and some specialty perennials and annuals.
The modern home features clean lines and meticulous landscaping, and a large hangar with a small plane. The in-between outdoor courtyard includes a double sided fireplace, reflecting pool and outdoor kitchen.
Count on canna lily plants to add vertical interest to planting beds. Here, Tropicanna canna lily and Tropicanna Gold canna lily tower over annual flowers red celosia and gold melampodium. Choose annuals with flowers that match the leaf colors of canna lilies for an eye-catching display.