Thursday, November 12, 2009

All about snapdragons

No cottage garden would be complete without snapdragons (antirrhinum majus), but their vibrant colors and upright growth habit make them a welcome addition to most any garden design. Snaps are cool weather plants, which gives us one more choice here in the sunny South, where many great flower choices for other areas will simply wilt and die, if they grow at all. This sweet, slightly fragrant annual self-seeds, but may not be true to form. These peach/orange snaps share space with pansies and petunias in my annual bed.

Botanical name: Antirrhinum majus
Type: self-seeding annual
Light: full sun to part shade
Foliage: narrow dark green leaves
Flowers: most available colors/bicolorsBlooms: summer
Growth habit: narrow, upright; adds gentle vertical contrast
Height: 10 inches (dwarf) 18-24 (standard)
Width: 6-12 inches
Soil: neutral ph, average moisture, well-drained soil
Zones: all
Pests or disease: snapdragon rust can occur; many disease-resistant available. Don't overcrowd; allow air circulation between plants

1 comment:

  1. I, too, love snapdragons. I will getting mine soon for some winter color and spring excitement, as they join all the other plants in the warmer weather. Snapdragons are great in my book. Great post.