Summer Annuals at Cheekwood

Summers at Cheekwood garden flower

Summer Annuals at Cheekwood

Summers at Cheekwood garden flower

Did you know that we grow over 10,000 summer annuals in the Walter M. Morgan Jr. Production Greenhouses here onsite? Cheekwood garden staff selects the summer annuals for the gardens based on bloom times, color, size, light requirements and the pollinators that they may attract. Summer annuals are propagated starting in January in the greenhouses by seed, cutting, plug or division, depending on the best propagation method for the plant. Staff and volunteers begin planting them in the gardens starting in May.

Visitors at Cheekwood love to see these colorful blooms, and also the butterflies, hummingbirds and bees that they attract. Planning some color for your own garden? Here are the Cheekwood garden staff’s top picks for summer annuals.

 

Summers at Cheekwood garden flower

Cheekwood garden staff’s top picks for full sun:

  • Ageratum houstonianum – High Tide® Blue Ageratum
  • Canna x generalis – Canna Cannova® Bronze Scarlet
  • Celosia argentea plumosa – Dragon’s Breath™ Celosia
  • Colocasia esculenta Royal Hawaiian® ‘Black Coral’ – black coral elephant ear
  • Duranta erecta ‘Cuban Gold’ – Cuban gold duranta
  • Evolvulus – Blue My Mind ™ – dwarf morning glory evolvulus
  • Impatiens – SunPatiens Spreading® Tropical Orange Interspecific Impatiens
  • Impatiens – SunPatiens Spreading® Carmine Red Interspecific Impatiens
  • Lantana – Little Lucky™ Hot Pink Lantana
  • Lantana – Lucky™ Lavender Lantana
  • Pennisetum Graceful Grasses® ‘Fireworks’ – variegated red fountain grass
  • Pentas lanceolata ‘Kaleidoscope Deep Rose’
  • Pentas lanceolata Northern Lights® Lavender
  • Salvia leucantha ‘Santa Barbara – Mexican bush sage
  • Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Wasabi’ – Wasabi coleus
  • Zinnia elegans ‘Crouching Tiger’ – Crouching Tiger zinnia

 

Summers at Cheekwood garden flower

Cheekwood garden staff’s top picks for shade:

  • Begonia – BIG™ Red with Bronze Leaf Begonia
  • Begonia – Whopper® Rose with Green Leaf Begonia
  • Caladium x ‘Moonlight’
  • Caladium x ‘Pink Splash’
  • Caladium x ‘Raspberry Moon’
  • Duranta erecta ‘Cuban Gold’ – Cuban gold duranta
  • Impatiens – Bounce™ Pink Flame PPAF ‘Balboufink’
  • Impatiens– SunPatiens® Compact Deep Rose Interspecific Impatiens
  • Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Campfire’ – campfire coleus
  • Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Pineapple’ – pineapple coleus

For more information about Cheekwood’s gardens, visit: https://cheekwood.org/explore/gardens/.


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