Annuals that thrive in the cool spring weather, such as pansies, violas, calendulas, snapdragons, stocks (Matthiola spp.), and sweet alyssum can be set out in the garden. Just be sure that the seedlings, whether grown by you or purchased from a garden center or greenhouse, are well hardened off before they're set outside in flower beds or containers. And if a real dip in temperatures, down into the mid-twenties, is predicted, be prepared to throw a cover over the plants at night. Learn more about cool-season annuals

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Comment by Head Gardener/Scotts Miracle-Gro on April 1, 2014 at 9:18am

Love seeing this purple! Reminds me that color isn't far off!!


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