Annual(s) of the Week-Diascia and Nemesia

If I mention Diascia, I need to say Nemesia too!

These two wonderful recent introductions into the plant world are a great reward. Both are in the same family as the snapdragon and offer some of the similar traits: one of the most important is that is can be fairly frost tolerant.  However, don’t take it from the cozy sheltered life of a greenhouse and place it outside if the nights are still freezing.  Allow these plants to adjust to the local conditions first.

Other than being able to be among some of the first annuals to be planted out in the spring, look for some other amazing traits. Nemesia you will need to make sure you are planting the right cultivars:  Nemesia strumosa is a variety that will NOT tolerate the freezing temps, look for Nemesia foetans, N.pallida, N. capensis, N. Fruticans, and N. caerulea are the stronger, sturdier varieties that will also tolerate the cooler temps.  Nemesia will offer smaller daintier flowers in shades of blues and also beautiful pure white to pink blossoms:  A must for a planters and small flower gardens.

Diascia is the real charmer in any container arrangement or in your flower bed.  The color scheme is a little different than that of Nemesia: You will find hues of red, apricot, salmon, and pink.  The flower size of the Diascia plant is also larger and the plant itself offers a stronger upright profile, yet some varieties will also lay down offering a spreading habit.

As  you find this little darling of a flower make sure that you make room for these two little gems in your containers and flower gardens. Being able to tolerate cooler temperatures these beauties can be planted early and enjoyed all summer long and into the cool nights of the fall. A lasting favorite to all those who plant them.

Annual of the Week-Osteospermum



I first fell in love with the Osteospermum flower when my husband was working at the garden center.  Their porcelain looking petals are just breathtaking; they seem to have an iridescent glow that mesmerizes you into utter awe. I just can’t wait until every spring and I can go into the greenhouse and start oohing and awing, dreaming of what arrangement I would like planted in my flowerbeds.

Osteospermum flowers now come in all shades and colors, yes they even have different types of petals. They are considered a hardy annual, and sometimes you will find it listed as a half-hardy perennial, meaning that they will tolerate a frost but not too heavy of one or continual nights of freezing temperatures.

When planting this amazing flower, it should be planted in full sun and in multiple groupings for pure visual beauty. They can also be planted in containers for accents throughout the yard. However you should be diligent in maintaining a watering schedule for these beauties. Fertilize these plants on a weekly basis, with a balanced fertilizer, to maintain their growth and blooms.

When the flowers fade, deadheading or the removal of the spent flowers is recommended to encourage continual blooming on the plant. This will allow for constant enjoyment of the Osteospermum plant in your yard.

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