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Tampa Bay's Top 5 Spring Annual Flowers

Tampa Bay's Top 5 Spring Annual Flowers

It is officially spring in the Tampa Bay area, which means it is time to start thinking about adding new plants to your landscaping. One way to do this is by planting some beautiful spring annual flowers, as they bloom for a long time and give landscape beds a dose of much-needed color.

Here are five of the top spring annual flowers in Tampa Bay areas such as Lithia, Brandon, Valrico, and more.

1. Marigolds bloom throughout spring, summer, and fall.

Bright orange marigold flowers in bloom in Lithia, FL.

The beautiful hues of orange, yellow, red, and multicolor marigolds will add sunny color to your landscaping. They thrive in any type of soil and need full sun to grow well so they can bloom throughout the spring, summer, and fall. These are also sometimes referred to as calendulas, which are a type of marigold. Avoid planting them in the shade or very moist areas, as they will be prone to develop powdery mildew in that type of environment.

2. Periwinkle flowers are purple, blue, or white.

Beautiful periwinkle annual flowers in Valrico, FL.

A popular choice based on their coloring, periwinkle flowers grow as a ground cover. Typically a purple or blue color, their flowers can also be white. If you want deeper foliage, then plant these in partial shade, but if you desire more flowers, it should be planted in full sun.

3. Sunpatiens can be red, fuchsia, pink, purple, and other vibrant colors.

Sunpatiens hanging in a basket on a Brandon, FL home porch.

A vibrant flower, sunpatiens are a hybrid of the popular impatiens. These flowers bloom in many colors such as pink, purple, red,...

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Best Florida Annuals to Plant in Fall

Best Florida Annuals to Plant in Fall

In our area of Florida, the cooler weather brings with it a need for change in your landscaping beds. In spring and summer, warm-season annuals are great for bringing bright, happy colors to your lawn. But as the weather cools, those annuals will need to be replaced by cool-season annuals to ensure your landscaping stays protected.

Here is a guide to some of the best annuals to plant in the fall in Lithia, Valrico, Brandon, and the surrounding areas.

Cool-Season Annuals for Florida Landscaping Beds

Pink snapdragons in a landscaping bed in Fishhawk, FL.

One perk to planting cool-season annuals is that it brings fresh, new color to your landscaping. Your warm-season annuals will have already bloomed by this point and blooms may be drying up or falling off. Our climate allows for various types of annuals to be planted in our fall or winter. Here are some of the common cool-season annuals we plant at Lithia Landscape & Design.

  • Geraniums: These flowers are a classic fall annual and bring vibrant color to your lawn. It is best to plant these around October once the humidity and heat die down some. Keeping them watered regularly is key to their health and amount of blooms.
  • Snapdragons: Snapdragons can be white, pink, red, orange, or yellow. The ideal time to plant these is mid-to-late October. They can reach heights of three feet and benefit from full sun exposure. Some areas of Florida may need to cover them at night if the temperature drops too low.
  • Pansies: These cold-tolerant flowers can be red,...
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Annual Flowers vs. Perennial Flowers

Annual Flowers vs. Perennial Flowers

When deciding which types of flowers to plant in your landscape, one common question always arises: which is better – annuals or perennials? The answer is neither; both types are essential and beneficial to any landscape, so it’s important to understand what sets them apart.

Which type of flower is best for your landscape depends on your specific desires and preferences. If you’re looking to plant some flowers to your landscape in Lithia, Valrico, Brandon, and the surrounding areas, here’s everything you need to know about annuals vs. perennials.

Perennial Flowers Last for Years, Require More Maintenance

Pink peonies look gorgeous in this Brandon, FL landscape bed.

Perennials are flowers that live for three to five years, and return year after year and continue growing until they eventually reach maturity. They grow back each year from roots that go dormant in the soil in the winter. Perennials do best when planted in spring or fall, and bloom for less time than annuals, usually for only two to six weeks. Because perennials have a longer lifespan, they put their energy into growing strong roots instead of growing lots of flowers. Perennials also require more attention and maintenance than annuals, such as constant watering, weed pulling, pruning, and dead-heading (removing dead flower heads).

Perennials tend to be hardier than annuals and more adaptable to weather conditions, thus more expensive. Common perennials include roses, peonies, mums, and lilies.


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