Red Rocket Snapdragons
I’m looking through pictures of last summer’s glorious garden successes to comfort myself after seeing the devastation in our New Paltz community gardens, where all is lost after Hurricane Irene. The “Rocket” series of snapdragons come in red, pink, yellow, apricot, orchid … they are on long stems so make great cut flowers (don’t buy the stubby ones that are meant for bedding plants, not cutting). ‘Red Rocket’ is divine; if I could grow only one annual flower, this would be it. I’ve never had problems with critters eating snapdragons, and “snaps” are quite cold hardy, so you can plant them early in spring and enjoy them late into fall. Like many annuals, they refrain from flowering when the weather gets hot, but then they start their flowering engines back up when temperatures moderate. I heart them.