Everyday Gardeners

Plant. Grow. Live.

Everyone Should Plant Angelonia

AngeloniaAs a horticulturist, I often find myself recommending plants to people. I feel bad when I get asked for the impossible plants; something like an evergreen that flowers all year long, is hardy in Zone 3, loves deep shade, and deer won’t eat it.

There is one incredible flower that I frequently recommend, though, because it does cover so many bases. I absolutely LOVE it! The plant is called angelonia, and despite how wonderful it is, not a lot of gardeners have heard of it.

What does angelonia have going for it?

  • It blooms nonstop all summer long.
  • It comes in blues and purples (my favorites), as well as pinks and whites.
  • It holds up well in hot spots.
  • It handles drought like a champ.
  • It can grow in wet soil. I hear (never tried it myself, though), that you can even put it in a water garden.
  • It attracts butterflies.
  • Some varieties are fragrant.
  • Deer and rabbits usually leave it alone.

Because it’s so versatile and wonderful to work with, plant breeders have come out with a number of series. Upright versions like the Angelmist or Carita series can get 2 (or more) feet tall. Spreading varieties, such as Serena and Carita Cascade, are perfect picks for hanging baskets. And new-for-2012 Archangel has exceptionally large blooms that really stand out in containers or the landscape.

There’s a spot for angelonia in virtually every sunny garden. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

14 Responses to “ Everyone Should Plant Angelonia ”

  1. My angelonia are not blooming this summer – it has been very wet in GA but sounds like they should still perform, any suggestions?


  2. Hello Julie!
    Usually angelonia is soooo easy to grow. I’m stumped to why yours isn’t blooming. Is it in full sun? IT very well could be that it’s been too wet for you.

    Katie A. Ketelsen
    >>> Online Garden Editor for Better Homes and Gardens

  3. my angelonia is also not blooming well this summer. It did so well last summer I planted it in several additional spots this year but in every one is just looks weedy and barely blooming. I’m in Louisiana and we were very wet back in June but the last few weeks have been sunny and dry. I applied the same organic slow release fertilizer (the one for flowering plants) as last year when I planted them and still no luck

  4. I need something in a pot I can put out, graveside for 3-6 days on special day thoughout the year..Everytime I put anything out it’s gone within an hour after I leave, the deer eat everything..Fake flowers are only allowed at Christmas..This would be in the Balto MD area,I don’t know what section that is…..Will it hold up and then be taken home cut back and taken care of till next time graveside…Thank you, Nancy

  5. I planted Angelonia for the first time this year, and I have to say I am very pleased with them. They all survived and have bloomed beautifully all summer long. Wish they were perennials instead of annuals, but I will definitely plant them again next spring. A hardy plant that blooms spring through fall. Happy to have found them at my local Lowes store. Enjoyng my purple Angelonias in New Jersey.

  6. How strange! My husband and son gave me a small greenhouse for Christmas. I started ordering seed catalogs and, when they arrived, I felt like a kid in a candy store! As I perused the many pages of tempting choices, I saw the Angelonia! I ordered a few seed packets and they are happily growing and thriving in my little greenhouse as of this posting. Needless to say, I was excited to see your comments on Pinterest! Now I’m even more anxious for the time to come when I can plant and ENJOY!

  7. I planted this flower for the last 2 summers. I have a garden that gets 6 hours of sun, the soil is clay, and I have snail and slug issues, AND deer. This plant thrives and blooms continually despite all these issues. I will definitely plant this every year.

  8. I just bought some angelonia. On the flower information insert and on the container, it says premium perennial. I always thought this plant was an annual. Can it be an annual or perennial depending on where you live??

  9. My Angelonia were blooming so beautifully up until about a week ago when now they just are not blooming. I planted a few cuttings just to see if they would take and they are already blooming. Should I cut the ones not blooming down quite a bit to see if they come back?

  10. Hello and happy spring to you !!! Yes I am very interested in this plant as I live in the southern part of ontario Canada and I have a very hot garden ,, pots of plants mostly due to the heat , and full sun all day long ,, wanting to know if these little charmers will survive , and what contrasting plants would you recommend to plant and enhance these ones . my planters are 3 feet across and about 3 1/2 tall , can change the soil to any condition, haha lucky me ,, sandy

  11. I love this in my planters, but I really don’t think that it Zone 3 hardy. I think it is an annual plant in colder climates.

  12. Justin you don’t say if it grows in shade?! Some people seem to think it does. I’ve always grown it in the sun. I get mixed results. Like Helen’s after planting they seem to flush strongly then turn weedy with very little flower. Not sure why. They are real survivors though and will come back year after year with just a light trimmining, though flowering isn’t profuse. Maybe mine need shade???

  13. I’ve had great results with full sun and partial shade. I live in North East PA, so they are not hardy perennials in my area. I’ve had some luck cutting them back and letting them spend the winter under florescent lights in my Basant.

© Copyright , Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved Privacy Policy Data Policy Terms of Service AdChoices