While you may know that pansies, flowering kale, and snapdragons provide wonderful color and can withstand cooler temperatures, there are plenty of alternatives to consider for those with Southern addresses. To lengthen the bloom time through the shorter, cooler days of December through February, select annuals that can handle a light frost, like the fine examples listed below:
|Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima)|
This reliable garden favorite offers clusters of dainty pink, purple or white, delicately perfumed flowers on mounding plants. Just make sure to plant it in a location where its scent can be enjoyed! For the best performance, keep it watered, and fertilize monthly.
|Calendula (Calendula officinalis)|
The glowing color of the daisy-like flowers are a warm spot in the cool winter landscape, and make excellent cut flowers that can be enjoyed indoors, as well. Deadhead (remove finished flowers) regularly to prolong the bloom time.
|Dianthus (Dianthus chinensis)|
An excellent cool-season annual, that provides masses of richly colored, fringed blooms. China Pinks or Indian Pinks, as they are also called, are perfect for cutting to use in fresh bouquets. Remove any faded blooms to encourage new growth.