New gardeners can’t go wrong with annual flowers. Planted in average soil and deeply watered
once a week, annuals will provide a summer’s worth of wonderful blooms. Started from seed or
set out as transplants, these winners will really perform if a few inches of compost are worked
into the soil before planting.
Try wax-leaf begonia in partial shade. Cleome is perfect for the background where it gets full
sun. Impatiens is wonderful in the shade. Lantana loves hot weather with flowers from yellow to
orange to lavender. Torenia, or wishbone flower, is a relatively new ""toughie."" It grows best
in partial shade loves heat. Zinnias are tough sun lovers that really put on a show in a
variety of colors.