Annual Flower Trends for Florida Homeowners Associations
It is that time of year when our thoughts drift towards planting annual and bring color and beauty back into our lives. To create the perfect flower displays in Florida you need to plant flowers that have a high tolerance to salt. You also need plants that welcome exposure to high levels of sunlight.
Most people think that an annual flower is one that will last for a period of one year, and then you must replant. The truth is that most annuals in Florida will survive for one season, and you have to time the planting of your annuals so they bloom during that season.
Begonia is an annual that a lot of people in Florida love to plant. These plants can have blooms in colors of red, pink, or white. Their leaves can often be as colorful as their blooms. The leaves may be green, variegated or have bronze tones. The plants with bronze colored leaves do better in areas of full sun.
The begonia is a hardy plant that will produce flowers from early spring until they are bitten by frost in the fall or winter. They rarely get taller than one foot, and they can be planted in full sun or in partial shade.
Pansies are beautiful flowers that do best in the cool days of spring and the cool days of fall. They come in a wide variety of colors, and their petals often look like they are made from velvet.
These plants require a good amount of shade because they are not heat tolerant. They are normally less than a foot in height and they are often planted along the sides of paths and walk-ways.
New Guinea Impatiens
These flowering plants are easy to grow, they have brilliantly colored foliage, and they tolerate a high density of sunlight. You can find varieties of this beautiful plant that grow upright, some that are rounder, and some that are flatter. That makes the Impatiens a flower that can be incorporated into the front or rear of your flower bed.
These beauties grow to a height between 8 inches and 2 feet. They bloom in colors of white, orange, pink, purple and lavender. They do need daily irrigation to thrive in the Florida weather.
These plants will bloom well in the spring season but they normally stop blooming in the summer months due to the heat.
You can use the Beach Verbena to establish a solid ground cover. The plant rarely grows taller than 12 inches and their flowers are located on the top so they shine brightly against their fine textured leaves of green.
These plants are very tolerant of the salt that is present in the air and sometimes in the water of Florida. The plant can bloom year-round and the flowers are shaded between lavender and deep purple.
You should plant the Beach Verbena about four feet apart and let the plant grow to create the ground cover you desire. It will take between 18 and 24 months before you have a complete ground cover. It thrives in full sun and in partial shade, and it does very well in dry conditions.