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We use several symbols and abbreviations in our catalog:
: especially fragrant
: great for containers
: great cut flower
: heat and/or drought tolerant
: attracts butterflies
: Honey Bee Favorite
: Native Flower
HA -- Hardy Annual.
Hardy annuals can stand some frost, so sow in the open ground well before the last spring frost date, or, in warm winter areas, sow in fall.
HHA -- Half-hardy Annual.
Half-hardy annuals will survive a very light frost but are planted in the open at the last spring frost date or a little later. They can also be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost.
TA -- Tender Annuals.
Tender annuals are warm weather plants that cannot withstand any frost and prefer warm nights. Tender annuals with long weeks to bloom (16-18+) should be started indoors 8-10 weeks before the last spring frost.
In February, I had planted seed (from another source) in starter pots. When I saw no results, I ordered plants in mid May for immediate delivery to zone 9, South Louisiana. That time of the year is not the best time to ship plants, and I was concerned about how they would survive shipping, especially in 80 plus degree temperatures. You may imagine my surprise and excitement when the plants arrived in beautiful condition. They were beautiffully packaged and I recieved them in three days. After conditioning, I planted them in a partly shaded area of the rose garden, supplimenting with organic vegetable compost and worm castings. The 30 x 30 foot rose garden has been refurbished with new rose soil worked in, and is raised for drainage. The plants are doing well, with one blooming (sooo beautiful), and all six plants are sending out runners with new babies.