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Des Moines' Most Popular Spring & Summer Annual Flowers

Des Moines' Most Popular Spring & Summer Annual Flowers

As the weather is warming up and we start to spend more time outside, you may take a look around and realize your landscape beds need some sprucing up. A great way to do that is by adding some warm-season annual flowers that are popular in the Des Moines area. If you choose to install them yourself, then come check out the selection we have available every day in our local garden center. We also offer annual flower planting services. Check out some of the flowers that are frequently chosen in central Iowa.


Marigolds will bloom all summer long.

Vivid gold and red marigold flowers blooming in West Des Moines, IA.

The bright yellow and orange of the marigold is almost iconic. These flowers will provide beautiful color all summer long. They do need full sun in order to stay healthy throughout their lifespan, so keep that in mind if you are planting on your own. We do not recommend planting them in shade, as they can catch powdery mildew if they get too wet.


Impatiens bring vibrant shades of pink, purple, and other colors.

Multi-colored impatiens flowers blooming in Des Moines, IA.

One of our favorites each year to plant is the impatien. This fun, happy flower thrives in shaded areas and brings vibrant color to otherwise darkened areas of your yard. The flower blooms in shades of pink, purple, red, white, and other colors. Make sure these are not planted until you are certain that we have seen our last frost for the spring.


Geraniums also need sunlight to grow well.

Red geranium flowers in bloom near West Des Moines, IA.

Geraniums are a very popular warm-season annual due to their pretty colors and the pleasant scent they...

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Benefits of Adding Annual Flowers to Your Lawn

Benefits of Adding Annual Flowers to Your Lawn

If you are looking to revitalize your landscaping at your residential or commercial property in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Ankeny, and other nearby central Iowa areas, there are many ways to do this.

You can add new retaining walls, redo the beds completely, replenish mulch, or if you’re looking for something simpler, consider planting annual flowers in your landscaping beds.

Here are some reasons why adding annual flowers benefits your lawn and landscaping.


The Differences Between Annuals and Perennials

Annuals in a garden in West Des Moines

Annual flowers are defined as annual because they only bloom once during their life cycle, while perennials bloom multiple times during their life. Annuals usually bloom much longer than perennials, which means your landscaping has longer-lasting color that is more vibrant. Many also will drop seeds, which gives the potential for new plants to grow the next year.

If you’re looking to have immediate color, then annuals are the best choice. Perennials often take a year or so to begin blooming and are just green leaves until then, leaving your landscaping without much color.

Perennials also tend to require more maintenance than annuals—they will need to be trimmed and pruned at specific times of the year, will need fertilizer, and the soil where they’re planted will need to be prepared more.

Annuals have more color choices than some perennials do and produce more colorful, brighter blooms in order to bring in...

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