One of the advantages of living in the Las Vegas Valley is that there are flowers that continue to grow in outdoor beds through the colder winter months.
There is an abundance of annual flowering plants that can withstand the cold and winds of Vegas winters if planted early enough to get established roots before the lowest temperatures hit.
Around the valley in October and November you will see landscape beds being replanted with these hardy annuals. In a matter of minutes carpets of color are laid out in flowerbeds using seedlings that are already in full bloom at the purchase point.
Cyclamen are a bright addition to a garden or patio and one plant can be used as a focal point. They do not mind the cold but too much sun can cause them to wilt. Plant them on the north side of the house or wall. The south side of a house or wall is best for annuals that need a little more warmth and sun. Pansy, Snapdragons, Stocks and Flowering Cabbage do well in full exposure.
Greenhouse flower growers produce millions of annuals per year in the United States providing instant color for landscapes and homeowners across the country.
Each year growers find new varieties of flowering plants and hybrids and put them on the market. Try a few of the newer ones that catch your eye and see if they do well in your garden.
The nurseries, hardware stores and garden sections of businesses are bringing in the ready to plant annuals in small six packs for quick and easy planting.
Plant now and enjoy the lively colors throughout the season. Some are fragrant and so use your eyes and nose to pick the ones that are right for you.
Plant seedlings in a line or grid pattern to fill in large garden areas. Tuck a few in small empty spaces in the garden or pots for a little color.
As with all new plantings, keep an eye on them and baby them with regular watering until the roots have spread down and out. As they continue to grow mulch and fertilize lightly on a regular basis. When they are grown in the greenhouses they have regular watering with fertilizer on a set program to keep them growing and healthy.
When using fertilizers be sure to follow the directions on the label carefully. Too much can burn the roots and leaves. Be careful not to increase the amount used. In this case more is not better. It is better to err on the low side as too little can always be rectified by an increase if needed.
Too much nitrogen can also produce soft leaves that will be easily damaged by wind and cold or insects. A slow, steady, strong growth is the best.