May 22 column: Flowering annuals

Flowering annuals
Here is a link to my column in today’s edition of The Spokesman-Review: Annual reviews. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Jim Alice, owner of Liberty Park Florist & Greenhouse. Since I’ve always been impressed with the quality of their plants, I thought he would be a good person to interview for this article on flowering annuals. In it, I’ve listed nine of his favorite annuals. I hope this will give you some good ideas for plants to include in your flower beds.

I did want to clarify the name of the plant in one of the photo captions, however. A staff photographer handled the photo shoot for this article and did a great job. But the main photo of the orange flower should read ‘Black-eyed Susan vine” (Thunbergia) instead of just “Black-eyed Susan” which could refer to the perennial Rudbeckia hirta. An easy mistake to make!

And if you’re wondering about the Petunias in the photo above, the ones with the pinkish star patterns are called ‘Pinstripe’ and the black ones on the left are ‘Black Velvet.’ Pretty cool, huh?