Angelonia (Summer Snapdragon)
Angelonia, commonly known as summer snapdragon, is a beautiful, fragrant, and versatile plant that brings vibrant color and a pleasant scent to gardens and landscapes. This tender perennial plant is typically grown as an annual in colder climates (USDA hardiness zones below 9) and thrives in warmer climates (zones 9 to 11) as a perennial.
- Size: With an upright, bushy growth habit, Angelonia plants reach heights of 12 to 36 inches (300-90 cm) and spread about 12 to 18 inches (30-45 cm) wide. Their well-branched stems hold attractive flower spikes above the foliage, creating visual interest and depth in garden settings.
- Flowers: The flowers of Angelonia resemble small snapdragons, growing in 8 to 12-inch-long (20-30 cm) spikes and emitting a sweet, grape-like fragrance that attracts pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The flowers are available in various shades, including purple, blue, pink, white, and bicolor combinations.
- Bloom time: Angelonia blooms continuously from late spring to early fall, providing a long-lasting splash of color in the garden. This low-maintenance plant does not require deadheading, making it an easy-care option for busy gardeners.
- Uses: Ideal for use in flower beds, borders, containers, and hanging baskets, Angelonia is a versatile plant that can be incorporated into various garden designs. Its upright growth habit makes it an excellent choice for adding vertical interest or serving as a backdrop for lower-growing plants. Additionally, the long vase life of its flower spikes makes Angelonia a valuable addition to cutting gardens.
- Benefits: Aside from its aesthetic appeal, Angelonia has several benefits, including its deer and rabbit resistance, making it a practical choice for gardens with these common pests. The fragrant flowers also serve as a magnet for pollinators, making Angelonia an excellent addition to pollinator-friendly gardens.