I usually plant the seeds of tender annuals -- sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, China asters
, to name a few -- directly in the ground, when things warm up in early May, about the same time the lilacs begin to bloom.
99 paperback) will be your ideal companion to these free-flowering perennials from North America ( not to be confused with the annuals, callistephus or China asters
( but a huge range of types from little alpines to tall borders plants.
Plants worth particular attention are those renowned for their late summer and autumn displays, such as China asters
, cosmos, gazanias, helianthus and laurentia.
What are generally thought of as asters are in fact China asters
, Callistephus chinensis, which are half-hardy annuals.
7 to 10 stems of flowers such as China asters
, dahlias, gerberas, lilies, roses, or sunflowers