Your Guide to Planting Summer Annuals & Perennials

Get ready to elevate your summer garden and explore a diverse selection guaranteed to add colour and charm to your outdoor space.

Choose the Right Location:

  • Assess the sunlight exposure and soil conditions in your garden. Most summer annuals and perennials thrive in full sun to partial shade with well-draining soil.
  • Consider the mature size of the plants and ensure they have enough space to grow without overcrowding.

Prepare the Soil:

  • Loosen the soil in the planting area to a depth of about 15 - 20cm using a garden fork or shovel.
  • Incorporate organic matter such as Eco Organic Compost to improve soil structure and fertility.

Choose Your Plants

There are so many choices of annuals and perennials to chose from, here are the most popular:

  1. Geraniums 
  2. Begonias 
  3. Nasturtiums 
  4. Calendula 
  5. Cosmos 
  6. Sweet Peas 
  7. Lobelias
  8. Dahlias
  9. Verbena 
  10. Lavender 
  11. Rudbeckia 
  12. Echinacea 
  13. Helenium 
  14. Penstemon 
  15. Phlox 
  16. Sedum 
  17. Achillea 


    • If you're planting from seed, follow the instructions on the seed packet regarding planting depth and spacing. Water the area gently after planting.
    • If you're planting from nursery pots or trays, dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball of the plant.
    • Gently remove the plant from its container and loosen the roots if they are tightly bound. Place the plant in the hole at the same depth as it was in the container.
    • Backfill the hole with soil and gently firm it around the base of the plant.
    • Water thoroughly to settle the soil and provide moisture to the roots.

    Mulch and Water:

    • Apply a layer of organic mulch such as bark or woodchip around the base of the plants to help retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.
    • Water the newly planted annuals and perennials deeply immediately after planting, and continue to water regularly, especially during dry spells. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot and other problems. 

    And finally, sit back and enjoy the beauty of your summer garden! Take time to appreciate the colours of your plants as they bloom and all the wildlife they encourage. 

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