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Summer Snapdragons bloom continuously during the hot summer months

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Angelonia 'Serena Blue' Picture courtesy Ball StraathofAngelonia 'Serena Blue' Picture courtesy Ball StraathofCondensed Version:

These tropical evergreen perennials are tough, easy to care for, and are planted in summer for their lovely snapdragon-like flowers, born on slender upright spikes. They bloom continuously during the hot summer months; have attractive bright green willow-like leaves; and hybrids are available in clear flower colours or two-toned combinations of rose, pink, blue, lilac, violet-blue, purple, and white. Their rounded upright growth habit and long blooming season make them perfect bedding plants and worthwhile additions to background plantings in flower borders. Numerous hybrids have been bred for flower performance and compact growth; making them an ideal choice for colourful container plantings.

 

Summer snapdragons thrive in humid tropical and warm sub-tropical conditions; they are tender to frost and are planted as a summer annuals in cold regions. They grow well throughout the country but are not suited to very dry summer regions, unless they can be watered well. Angelonia are can take heat and full sun, but they will still flower in very light shade. These ‘toughies’ will even withstand heavy thunderstorms. They love sandy soils but will grow in all fertile, well-drained garden soils. Although the plants are drought tolerant and water-wise in tropical gardens, it is best to water moderately during dry spells. A monthly feeding will keep the plants flowering abundantly. Summer snapdragon hybrids grow +-25 to 40cm tall and will spread +-30 to 40cm.

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Angelonia 'Angelmist' Picture courtesy Ball StraathofAngelonia 'Angelmist' Picture courtesy Ball StraathofAngelonia 'Angelmist' Picture courtesy Ball StraathofFull Version:

Description, History & Interesting Facts:

There are about 30 species of Angelonia, and these tropical evergreen perennials are members of the snapdragon family, and native to Mexico, Cuba and parts of the West Indies. They are tough, easy to care for, and are planted in summer for their lovely snapdragon-like flowers, born on slender upright spikes. Summer snapdragons will bloom continuously during the hot summer months, continuing into autumn, or as long as the weather remains warm. They have attractive bright green willow-like leaves; and hybrids are available in clear flower colours or two-toned combinations of rose, pink, blue, lilac, violet-blue, purple, and white.

In the Garden:

Angelonia has gone from obscurity a decade ago to one of the best-selling plants for the summer garden. Their rounded upright growth habit and long blooming season make them perfect bedding plants and worthwhile additions to background plantings in flower borders. Numerous hybrids have been bred for flower performance and compact growth; making them an ideal choice for colourful container plantings. Mix summer snapdragons with other flowering annuals in containers, window boxes and hanging baskets, to give your plantings height and accent, without overpowering the other plants.  Angelonia flowers last well in a vase and will attract butterflies to your garden. Treat yourself to a few of these delightful plants this summer, you will not be disappointed.
 
'Angel Mist' Purple Stripe Angelonia. Picture courtesy Ball Horticultural Company'Angel Mist' Purple Stripe Angelonia. Picture courtesy Ball Horticultural Company'Angel Mist' Purple Stripe Angelonia. Picture courtesy Ball Horticultural CompanyCultivation:

Summer snapdragons love growing in humid tropical and warm sub-tropical conditions; they are tender to frost and are planted as a summer annuals in cold regions; plants grown in containers can be difficult to overwinter indoors. They grow well throughout the country but are not suited to very dry summer regions, unless they can be watered well. Angelonia are called summer snapdragons because they can take heat and full sun, but they will still flower in very light shade. These ‘toughies’ will even withstand heavy thunderstorms. They love sandy soils but will grow in all fertile, well-drained garden soils. Although the plants are drought tolerant and water-wise in tropical gardens, it is best to water moderately during dry spells. A monthly feeding will keep the plants flowering abundantly. It is best to not remove old flowers because ‘deadheading’ actually hurts the continual blooming characteristic of the plants. It is also not necessary to prune because this will ruin their naturally beautiful form; but if you simply must trim it won’t harm your plants. Summer snapdragon hybrids grow +-25 to 40cm tall and will spread +-30 to 40cm.

Propagation:

Propagation is from tip cuttings, by division of the root mass, or by seed. Certain cultivars like ‘Angelmist’, ‘Angelface’ and ‘Serena’ are patented and may not be commercially propagated without a propagation license from the patent holder.

Pests & Diseases:

Angelonia does not suffer from and serious pest or disease problems, but watch out for aphids and powdery mildew.

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