Planting an Annual Tradition

Spring has sprung, and gardeners – amateurs and professionals alike – are outside making the most of the beautiful weather. As Canadians, we’re known for our love of the outdoors, and beautifully landscaped areas are one way to show the love.

The benefits of a colourful and well-maintained garden aren’t tangible but they are unmistakeable. Eye-catching landscape design shows that the property owners care about welcoming others, and that’s felt in both residential and commercial settings.

While we’re waiting around for our perennials to blossom, annuals can inspire us with their eager blooms. And since annuals only last one season, each year you can try something new to keep things fresh and fun. Try monochromatic one year, and use complementary colours the next. This year, use tall blooms and next year use plants that stay low to the ground. Even with one particular type of flower there are a host of different colours to choose from to keep things interesting.

Annuals allow for a lot of creativity and experimentation. Express yourself and inspire those around you in a simple yet effective way. Your garden can become a destination that observers look forward to seeing change from year to year!

Pick the highest traffic areas of your building such as the entrance way and frontage areas with signage. These areas make a great first impression when visitors come on your property. Make these areas pop with a combination of bright annuals mixed in with your perennials. Containers are great for displaying your annuals too, and can be adapted as the seasons change.

When planting in the ground, finding the right annual depends on the type of soil and sun available. Observe your property during the day to see where the sun is strongest. What is your soil like? Is it a dark, rich colour or is it dry and dusty? Speak with a professional about your vision for your garden and how to make it a reality. After only a few quick decisions and some time spent outside, you’ll create a space that you can be proud of and others can enjoy.


Written by David Lammers

David Lammers is the president of Garden Grove Landscaping. Garden Grove provides Commercial Landscape Management Services across the Golden Horseshoe, GTA and Southwestern Ontario. David may be contacted at or 1-866-996-1099.