Annual and Perennial Flowers for Mississippi Gardens
If you want to learn more about growing annual and perennial flowers in the South, check out the Annual & Perennial Flowers for Mississippi Gardens Web site from the Mississippi State Extension Service.
It's an outstanding resource for gardeners throughout the South, covering a wide variety of flowers and ornamental grasses with comments on each species. There is also a very helpful quick reference list for annuals and perennials to help the gardener select flowers for specific growing conditions such as containers, shady spots, and wet areas.
Favorite or New Plant
Narrow-leaf zinnia (Zinnia angustifolia) is finally receiving the attention it deserves as a great bedding plant for the spring to fall season. Its cousin the standard garden zinnia (Z. elegans) has long been a favorite of gardeners, but narrow-leaf zinnias have more benefits. They are dwarf, 8- to 10-inch, mounded plants that are covered in blooms. They resist powdery mildew, have superb heat tolerance, are great in containers and hanging baskets, and don't require deadheading. Varieties are available with orange, white, and yellow flowers. They grow best in full to partial sun and, although drought tolerant, prefer moderate soil moisture levels.