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Long-lasting annuals for your garden

By: Karen Weir-Jimerson
Here are 6 annuals that take summer’s high temps (and perform well in spring and fall, too).

long-lasting-annuals-for-your-garden-Verbena-endurascape-pink-fizz-lead: EnduraScape™ verbena is a long-lasting annual for containers and comes in several varieties including Pink Fizz, shown here.

Get more than one season out of your annuals

This time of year, we’re all looking for plants that can take the heat in stride. But ultimately, gardeners aren’t just looking for plants that can take hot temperatures; they also want plants with improved flexibility to move from season to season — from spring’s cool weather into summer’s heat (and summer’s heat into autumn’s cool), and still bloom well. Ball FloraPlant has been breeding a series of plants to do just this. See a few of the results below and be sure to check out other plants in the series as well.

Check out our 3 quick and easy steps for planting your best annuals

Bloomify™ Rose lantana (Lantana camara)

New in 2018, this lantana is sterile, so it won’t set seed. Lovely ball-shaped habit, great for hanging baskets.

Size 12 to 14 in. tall, 10 to 12 in. wide

EnduraScape™ Purple verbena (Verbena peruviana)

Great improved color and resistance to powdery mildew.

Size 8 to 12 in. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide

MegaCopa™ Sky Blue bacopa (Sutera cordata)

Flowers two weeks longer than predecessors. Larger flowers and improved performance in heat.

Size 4 to 6 in. tall; 12 to 18 in. wide

Bondi™ Blue scaevola (Scaevola aemula)

This compact scaevola thrives in hot, dry conditions. Great for hanging baskets.

Size 6 to 10 in. tall, 12 to 18 in. wide

Lucky™ Red lantana (Lantana camara)

Late seed set keeps plants blooming longer. Looks good in planters and hanging baskets.

Size 12 to 16 in. tall, 12 to 14 in. wide

Spotlight™ Black Heart sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas)

Resists heat-induced leaf fade and color loss. A compact sweet potato vine with handsome, heart-shaped leaves.

Size 8 to 10 in. tall, 16 to 20 in. wide

Bloomify™ Rose lantana (Lantana camara)

New in 2018, this lantana is sterile, so it won’t set seed. Lovely ball-shaped habit, great for hanging baskets.

Size 12 to 14 in. tall, 10 to 12 in. wide

Bondi™ Blue scaevola (Scaevola aemula)

This compact scaevola thrives in hot, dry conditions. Great for hanging baskets.

Size 6 to 10 in. tall, 12 to 18 in. wide

EnduraScape™ Purple verbena (Verbena peruviana)

Great improved color and resistance to powdery mildew.

Size 8 to 12 in. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide

Lucky™ Red lantana (Lantana camara)

Late seed set keeps plants blooming longer. Looks good in planters and hanging baskets.

Size 12 to 16 in. tall, 12 to 14 in. wide

MegaCopa™ Sky Blue bacopa (Sutera cordata)

Flowers two weeks longer than predecessors. Larger flowers and improved performance in heat.

Size 4 to 6 in. tall; 12 to 18 in. wide

Spotlight™ Black Heart sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas)

Resists heat-induced leaf fade and color loss. A compact sweet potato vine with handsome, heart-shaped leaves.

Size 8 to 10 in. tall, 16 to 20 in. wide

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