Annuals, Perennials, Flowers
Two colorful species are seen in the West, one an annual weed and the other an attractive perennial. Newer hybrids are becoming popular.
Annual. This low-growing, weedy plant from Europe has bright green leaves and 1/2-in., brick red flowers. Has naturalized in California. A. a. caerulea has deep blue, larger flowers; it tolerates most soils and heat, thrives in dry gardens, and grows well in containers.Anagallis hybrids
Summer annuals. ‘Cinnamon’ has medium pink blooms; those of ‘Spice’ are light pink. Both are low (3 in. high) and spreading, with small, spicily scented leaves. The Wildcat series is taller, 6–12 in. high, and comes in shades of blue, orange, and pink. All are good in containers and hanging baskets.Anagallis monelli
Perennial. This Mediterranean native grows to 1–1 1/2 ft. tall and wide, with 3/4-in. flowers of intense blue. ‘Pacific Blue’ and ‘Skylover’ are superior selections. ‘Phillipsii’ is compact at 1 ft. tall, and A. m. linifolia has narrower leaves than the species. All bloom from summer to frost.
Grown for its pink-and-white-spotted green leaves, this 1–2-ft. high and 1-ft.-wide foliage plan...
Late-season harvest. Fruit is medium to large; red-dotted yellow. Crisp, fine-grained, tangy, spicy fl...
Tough and easy to grow, these are the most widely used of all ferns. For native Western sword ferns, s...