I don’t know about you but I’m getting the itch to start digging in the dirt. I’m tired of my gloomy and colorless winter garden, and I’m dreaming of colorful summer annuals. As I plan out the seeds I will sow for my garden this year, I’m going to make sure that I add as much summer color as possible. With annual flowers, it’s easy to add bold pops of color throughout the garden that last all summer long.
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Not only do annual flowers add eye-popping color to the garden, they can also be very beneficial. Annual flowers make wonderful companion plants in the vegetable garden. Because they attract beneficial pollinators, like bees, butterflies and wasps, including lots of flowers means you’ll have a more prolific vegetable garden.
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Several beneficial pollinators are also carnivores that feed on pest insects like caterpillars and aphids, helping to keep the garden pest free. Marigolds can repel aphids, rabbits and other pests that feed on vegetable plants. Plus, flowers add interest and make the vegetable garden look even more beautiful.
Another bonus of adding annual flowers to your garden is that many of them make awesome cut flowers – and who doesn’t love having fresh flowers in the house? I always have a vase of fresh cut flowers from the garden on my kitchen table.
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As you plan what seeds you’ll be starting for you garden this season, be sure to include lots of colorful annuals.
What annual flowers are you planning on adding to your garden this year?