Get Your Patio Ready to Party with these 7 Colorful Annuals

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A little color, a little fragrance, and some floating butterflies go a long way to make a patio perfect.  Here’s a list of some of our favorite annuals for getting the party started on your summer patio.  

It’s summertime, which means it’s the perfect time to grab an icy drink and take a seat under your patio umbrella. It’s where we spend time with our families after a long day of work, where we share laughs with friends, and where we snuggle with our dogs. 

We don’t realize the mood-boosting power of the patio until we spend a little time making it just right. Whether your patio is in the middle of a vibrant neighborhood or tucked away in the country, you can improve the space by adding a pop of summertime color.

A little color, a little fragrance, and some floating butterflies go a long way to make a patio perfect.  Here’s a list of some of our favorite annuals for getting the party started on your summer patio.  

Begonias

Why We Love ‘Em: 

Begonias are a hearty bush flower, easy to care for. They can even survive all year round if brought inside over winter. The most minimal care still yields bright, beautiful flowers and foliage.

Care Considerations: 

Keep the soil well-drained in humid weather, and the pots in partial-shade. Check your particular Begonia type, but most varieties need at least 4 hours of sun, preferably in the morning. 

 

New Guinea Impatiens

Why We Love ‘Em: 

New Guinea Impatiens are prized for their bright colors and blooms that persist all through the season. They’re a small flower with a big punch, and they’ll add a tropical flair to your patio all summer long. They’re also great for a splash of color in smaller flower beds because they won’t hog up a bunch of space.

Care Considerations: 

New Guinea Impatiens like it when their soil is consistently moist, so they’re happy in humid environments. They do well in pots because they like well-drained soil. Keep an eye out for wilting – a sign that they’re thirsty. 

 

Geraniums

Why We Love ‘Em: 

Is there anything more classically American than red geraniums on a front porch? This gardener’s favorite has been around for centuries, and is a staple for garden beds, hanging baskets, borders, and containers. 

Care Considerations: 

Geraniums are happiest when conditions are a little on the dry side. In fact, they’re drought-resistant and incredibly low-maintenance. For this reason, keep them in full sun. If they get too wet for too long, they might get damaged from holding too much water.

 

Marigolds

Why We Love ‘Em: 

Festive, happy marigolds are perfect for the laidback patio. Pair these flowers with bright colors, mismatched furniture, and bohemian textiles for carefree summer hangout spot. Our favorite thing about Marigolds though is the fact that they repel critters like mosquitoes and bugs. Keep them around your seating area for less swatting! 

Care Considerations:

Keep these lovely pom-poms in full sunshine with well-drained soil. These flowers are unfussy but are susceptible to mildew if watered too late in the day.  

 

Petunias

Why We Love ‘Em: 

Petunias really give gardeners a bang for their buck because of the sheer amount of blooms they produce in a season. Get ready for full on color, all summer long! Petunias are one of the most popular annuals, perhaps because of their vibrant colors, darling fragrance, and the fact that they attract birds. 

Care Considerations: 

Petunias are easy-peasy, requiring minimal care and growing quickly. They do great in pots because they love well-drained soil and sunshine. To keep blooms numerous and large, plant them in rich organic matter that’s chock-full of nutrients, and fertilize them throughout the growing season. 

 

Verbena

Why We Love ‘Em: 

These beautiful purple blooms are a sight to behold when they cascade over pots, retaining walls, baskets, and window boxes. These blooms are persistent, blooming in rich color all season long. They make great container accents and would make a beautiful addition to a patio or smaller space.  

Care Considerations: 

Verbena like dry feet, so water sparingly. Ensure that leaves have a chance to thoroughly dry out after rain or watering, so water in the morning before a hot, sunny day. 

 

Blue Lobelia

Why We Love ‘Em: 

Lobelia remind us of the cooler, breezy parts of the United States, where Lobelia bloom in intense blue cascades in the Pacific Northwest and higher altitudes. They’re a great way to visually cool off the patio this summer, while providing a waterfall of deep color. 

Care Considerations: 

Unlike most of the annuals on this list, Lobelia love the rain. Keep them in partial sun where they can spend some of the day in the shade. Lobelia do well in containers and are low-maintenance. 

 

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