A couple of weeks ago the Ball Horticultural Company sent me a free trial pack of some of their annuals to plant in my garden. The box arrived during a weekend that I was unexpectedly busy and stayed closed for a couple of days. Then, the weather turned really hot after I put the plants out and they didn't like it. I've begged and pleaded with these annuals to recuperate and they're bouncing back nicely. What garden annuals came in the package from Ball Hort? I'm glad you asked. Two petunias, two coleus, some euphorbias and impatiens- great for container gardening.
Petunia Sun Spun™ Yellow: "Sun Spun is early to flower and grows into a lush, flower-filled plant that puts on outstanding shows all season with little attention." I've never been that big of a fan of petunias, but this yellow petunia is beautiful in person. I love the shades of yellow and how they pop during cloudy days.
Coleus Redhead: "The low-maintenance Redhead displays bright red leaves -- the truest red color in the Ball coleus collection." Now, Coleus I'm a big fan of. Redhead is a nice variety that I've never grown before. Love the red against the yellow petunia pictured above.
Easy Wave® Neon Rose: "This hot pink petunia from the Easy Wave series of spreading petunias is new for 2011. It is more mounded and controlled, making it ideal for baskets and containers." For a gardener that doesn't like pink flowers I sure end up with a lot of them in the garden. This neon pink looks better in person and better than the muted pink flowers found in my garden. It reminds me that I'm not suppose to be afraid of color in the garden anymore.
Euphorbia Breathless™ Blush: "Blush is the first euphorbia with red-flushed leaves and pink-flushed flowers." As a cacti and succulent lover, I've grown euphorbias before, but I've never grown them in the garden. Blush is a beautiful and kind of ethereal, at the edge of a container the stems, leaves and tiny pink flowers hover over the ground.
Coleus Versa™ Crimson Gold: "Perfect for sun and shade, Versa plants are well-branched and vigorous, with beautiful patterned foliage." The second coleus in the shipment of annuals and one I really like. I think I've grown this coleus from seed before, but I can't find pictures of it in my garden. I'm glad it has made another appearance in the garden because I genuinely like it.
Impatiens New Guinea Divine™ Hot Mixture: "Perfect for landscapes and mounded hanging baskets, the Divine series offers big flowers that establish quickly for the best early-season color." The New Guinea impatiens are now blooming and they're a fuchsia color and the orange pictured above which is a lot nicer looking in person. This the be best orange-colored bloom I have ever seen on a plant. It looks a lot like the push pop ice cream!
Since I concentrated more on edible plants this year I'm glad I received this package of annuals because I didn't have much planted in the ornamental side of the garden that wasn't green foliage. Now I have several container gardens that I can move around the garden and provide a bit of color. If you'd like to grow Easy Wave® Neon Rose, Coleus Redhead, Petunia Sun Spun™ Yellow, Euphorbia Breathless™ Blush, Coleus Versa™ Crimson Gold or Impatiens New Guinea Divine™ Hot Mixture you can find a garden center in your area that carries them at Simply Beautiful Gardens. You should also check out the Ball Hort website and the Wave-Rave website for more information.