Warm season annuals like begonias, geraniums, marigolds and petunias will provide color and drama throughout the growing season if planted in May. They are also suitable for container gardening. Begonias come in a myriad of colors and there are varieties of begonia that grow in shade to full sun. Popular plants like geraniums can be used outdoors as annuals in the garden, in hanging baskets, in pots and in window boxes. Indoors, they flourish in sunny locations. Marigolds planted in May will present a tidy golden and crimson border with the added benefit of repelling many garden pests. Petunias also create lovely borders in even the smallest areas.
Flowering perennials such as African daisy, delphinium and fuchsia are well-suited for May planting. Varieties of African daisy bloom in colors including white, pink, yellow and gold. They do well in sunny areas of the garden or in pots in a sunny corner of the patio. The blue, violet and white blossoms of the delphinium do best in cooler climates (Zones 2-7) and will begin to lose vigor after two or three years. Fuchsia’s pinkish to purple flowers are frequently seen in containers or hanging baskets. Considered cold-hardy, it prefers cool temperatures (Zones 4-6) and does well if planted in semi-shaded areas.
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