PLANT & FLOWER REFERENCE GUIDE AgeratumFlower heads are in clusters of lavender, blue, pink, or white depending on cultivar (BNS is only offering the blue variety this year). Growing in a mound-like habit, flowers bloom May through October. It is considered one of the more dependable flowering annuals. Ageratum likes full sun or partial shade and in hot and dry areas, light shade is preferred.
Allysum Alyssum is a fine-textured annual with white, pink, or lavender flowers. The flowers are very fragrant and attract insects like butterflies and bees. Alyssum grows very easily in full sun or partial shade in well-drained soils. It blooms from late spring until frost and is a common bedding plant.
Asters Asters have grey-green foliage at the base. Flowering stalks are stiffly upright with open sprays of large deep lavender daisy like flowers with golden yellow centers. Asters make perfect cut flowers and bloom from late summer through late fall.
BegoniaThe Begonia is used as a bedding plant in shady areas under trees, hanging baskets, or window boxes. Flowers can come in red, pink, rose, orange and require a well-drained soil.
Celosia Attractive large 12 inch plumes in a vibrant colorful mix of brilliant yellows oranges, reds and hot pinks. These flowers are excellent for mass plantings in beds or taller borders. Celosia prefers full sun.
Coleus Coleus are grown for their foliage. Coleus have leaves from about 3-8" long and can be chartreuse, yellow, pink, white, red, maroon or green with multiple leaf patterns. Plants prefer sun to light shade with well-drained, moist soil. Colors are more vivid in partial shade. Coleus is used in beds, borders, edges, planter boxes, and hanging baskets.
CosmosCosmos are delightful plants used as background plants, or as cut flowers. Tolerating dry, porous soils and full sun, Cosmos bloom in the early summer to frost and have flower colors of white, light pink, red, and rose.
Dahlia Dahlias bloom from midsummer to frost and have nodding heads of all colors. Dahlias prefer sun or partial shade, with a well-drained, moist soil. Dahlias are used as bedding plants and as cut flowers. The plants are generally easy to grow.
Dusty Miller Dusty Miller is commonly used for its foliage in edging, beds, mixed borders, and baskets. The foliage is unique for its silvery gray-green woolly leaves and yellow conspicuous flowers. Flowers should be deadheaded immediately for best effect of foliage. Dusty Miller does well in full sun.
Geranium Geraniums are classic annuals with bright flowers that bloom all summer long. Most geraniums are grown in flower beds, borders, containers, and hanging baskets. They like full sun with moist, well-drained soil, and tolerate slight drying out of the root zone.
Geranium (Martha Washington) These geraniums are also known as Regal Geraniums, whose petals are not uniformly one shade of color . Regal geraniums are also commonly grown in flower beds, borders and containers and like full sun. Impatiens Impatiens grow best in moist soil and are used around trees in shaded areas, patio planters, and hanging baskets. Flower hues are white, pink, lavender, orange, red, and hot pink. The season of bloom is from early summer to frost.
Lobelia Lobelia is used in edging, rock gardens, hanging baskets, and window boxes, and flowers in spring. Flowers are blue or violet with a yellow throat, and white and purple-red colors are available also. Lobelia should be grown in partial shade in hot locations, or in full sun if the soil is kept moist. Lobelia will grow well if there is adequate moisture.
Marigolds Marigolds are often used as a bedding plant, as well as for edging, backgrounds, and cut flowers. Marigolds are rarely disturbed by insects or diseases and can tolerate dry conditions and full sun. Deadheading of spent flowers greatly enhances the plant's appearance during flowering.
Pansies Pansies are thin, with delicately overlapping petals, and have usually two to three colors. Pansies are cool-season plants perfect for early Spring planting blooms, but prefer sun to partial shade with cool, moist, well-drained soil. Pansies also need to be well-watered and deadheaded for continued bloom.
PetuniaThe petunia has fringed edges and a very sweet fragrance, which is great to have in the garden all summer long . Petunias like partial shade to full sun and light, well-drained soil. Petunias are best used in beds, flower boxes and containers, deadheading produces more blooms.
PortulaccaPortulaccas arebeautiful 1" to 2" rose-like, double, brilliantly colored flowers blooming in red, cerise, rose pink, orange, yellow and white. Portulaccas grow best in hot locations and climates. They look great in hanging baskets and rock gardens. These low-growing plants make a wonderful groundcover, are very drought tolerant and need to be watered only occasionally.
SalviaSalvia is an erect plant with opposite to whorled long leaves and square stems. The flowers grow as a spike, having a slight fragrance. The plant blooms from midsummer to frost and is spectacular in cut flower arrangements, borders, and beds.
Snapdragons Snapdragons have a wide range of flower colors, including purplish-red, bronze, lavender, red, pink, yellow, orange, and white. The flowers bloom profusely from early summer to fall. Snapdragons require sun to partial shade, with well-drained soil.
Vinca Rose Vinca Rose have multiple single bloom flowers with glossy green leaves and is commonly used in flower beds. It blooms beautifully from the first warm days of late spring to the first frost in fall. Vinca Rose tolerate both sun and partial shade.
Zinnias Zinnias come in vibrant colors and make fantastic cut flowers. The flowers bloom summer to first frost and prefer sunny spots. Deadheading of spent flowers greatly enhances the plant's performance during flowering.