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Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana)
Full sun to part shade.
Prefers a soil ph of 6.5-7.0.
Plant transplants 6 in. apart when seedlings are 2 in. high.
Reaches a height of 6-10 in. high, can spread to 10-12 in. across.
Blossom size 2-5 in.
Blooms in summer.  Grows in all zones.

Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)
Full sun to part shade.
Prefers a neutral soil ph.
Plant 6-12 in. apart.
Reaches a height of 10 in. in dwarf varieties, 18-24 in. in taller varieties. Blooms early summer to fall.  Grows in all zones.

Sunflower (Helianthus)
Full sun.
Prefers a soil ph of 6.5-7.5.
Plant seed 1-2 in. deep 6 in. apart in rows 18-36 in. apart.  Thin to 12 in apart. Reaches a height of 12 ft. depending on variety.  Blooms in summer.

Zinnia (Zinnia Elegans)
Full sun.
Prefers a neutral or alkaline soil ph.
Plant 4-12 in. apart depending on variety.
Reaches a height of 6-40 in. high.  Blossom size of 1-7 in. in diameter.  Blooms early summer to early autumn.  Grows in all zones.

 Promoting Longer Bloom Period 
Question:      I have a flower garden that includes black-eyed Susans, bachelor's buttons, and tall phlox. How do I treat them to promote long-term bloomng? Does trimming the plant help, and how soon and how severely can I trim after the blooms fade?  
Answer:         Annual bachelor's buttons will rebloom freely if trimmed back to remove the spent flowers. Cut the flowers as for a bouquet, just above a branch or leaf so as not to leave bare wiry stems sticking up. Black-eyed Susans will bloom naturally over a long period, but if you deadhead the plants by cutting them back by about half once the main flush begins to fade, you may stimulate another (smaller) flush of bloom in the fall. Some gardeners simply allow the seedheads to remain and consider them an attractive fall and winter feature in and of themselves, and the birds will enjoy the seeds. The plants would then be trimmed back very short in the spring.
Tall phlox will bloom over a longer period if spent flowers are removed one by one. In general, phlox (except creeping phlox) should be trimmed off very short in the fall once frost has browned the tops. All of these plants will give their best display in full sun with rich soil that is kept evenly moist (but not soggy). 

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--Beware of Snapdragons--

--Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade--
--My husband said if I buy any more perennials he would leave me...gosh, I'm going to miss that man!--