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These are the best annuals for Northern Virginia…
One of the best things about spring is looking forward all the colorful annuals. And if you were to ask me which are the best summer annuals for Northern Virginia, I have just two words for you — begonias and vinca!
As a professed plant-lover, I can’t help but love them all, but these two hold a special place in my heart — and in my clients’ gardens. Read on to discover why you should consider planting some of these beauties in your own garden this summer.
There are many different types of begonias, but the ones you’re probably most familiar with are semperflorens varieties, also called wax, annual, or bedding begonias.
Because they’re actually a tropical plant, begonias are perennials in warmer climates. But here in Northern Virginia, they’re considered annuals, since the winter temperatures are too cold for them (sometimes too cold for us, too!).
We typically use these shade-lovers to add color and interest to shady gardens, although most can tolerate a fair amount of morning sun. Begonias with bronze-colored leaves can actually tolerate full sun, but the leaves will turn a reddish color.
Here are a few quick facts about wax begonias:
Tuberous begonias are also worth considering, and they come in two forms: upright and trailing. They have large, gorgeous blooms that come in a surprising range of colors — white, pink, yellow, orange and various shades of red. These are typically grown in containers.
Vinca ( Catharanthus roseus) is a delightful little plant that is similar in appearance to impatiens but thrives in full sun. Like begonias, vinca is also a tropical plant that is grown as an annual in cooler climates.
Here’s the low-down on vinca:
Pruning of annual plants is generally unnecessary, but if you want a fuller, bushier appearance you can pinch them back (remove the main stem at the tip, forcing the plant to grow two new stems from the leaf nodes below the pinch or cut).
Note: don’t confuse these with vinca minor (common periwinkle)or vinca major (greater periwinkle) These are both groundcovers that, although beautiful, can be invasive.
When planning which annuals to plant in your garden, try not to be tempted by the wide variety of plants you’ll see in your local garden center.
If you’re looking to create harmony in your garden it’s best to keep it simple, using just one or two varieties in a similar color family — and of all the annuals to choose from, begonias and vinca are two low-maintenance plants that pack the biggest punch!
If you’d like help planning and managing your gardens this summer, contact us for a free quote.
We’d love to help make your lawn and gardens the envy of the neighborhood!
Written by Brandon Rushing, Founder & President
Posted on: February 8th, 2022