If I've heard it once I've heard it a thousand times from customers at the garden center : " I don't want to waste my money on annuals. " What?! Waste ?! What other flower will bloom from May right up until the freeze kills it in November ?
Through the years I've experimented with all sorts of annuals and I try to plant different ones every Spring. One of my favorites, Dianthus, is below . It's a member of the carnation family.
Not only is Dianthus gorgeous and available in many colors, but it's a very hardy annual for Chicago and will return , sometimes for up to 4 years, if the winter is mild. And it blooms right after the tulips and daffodils in early May.
So if you're reluctant to spend money on annuals that won't return next year, look for the tried and true Dianthus.
Written by Carolyngail at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago All rights reserved