Angelonia or Summer Snapdragon is slowly but surely becoming one of my favorite annual flowers. It’s as tough as nails in the full, hot sun. And it is also drought tolerant, which makes it ideal for those of us who prefer to ignore our gardens when it’s truly hot and too ugly to work out there.
The other thing that truly attracts me to this plant, is that it requires almost no maintenance. There is no deadheading needed, and it blooms for a very long time.
Angelonia (Angelface ‘Perfectly Pink’)
Basic growing information
- Height: 18 – 30 inches depending on variety.
- Sun needed: full sun.
- Flowering: a very long season bloomer.
- Special care needed: none.
- How far to plant apart: 12 to 18 inches.
- Special feature: reputed to be deer resistant and drought resistant
- Use it: container gardens, full hot sun gardens.
I have used Angelonia in both gardens and containers quite successfully. It truly is a great annual flower and it comes with my highest recommendation.
The only concern is deciding which one of the varieties you are going to grow. Personally, I wouldn’t make that choice as I grow them all.
Angelonia ‘Angel Face Blue’
The only concern I have with this plant is that it blooms on the growing tip of the flower stock. While it does bloom all summer, it can get a little ratty looking.
I have experimented with different pruning systems to see if I can keep it looking fresh and new without losing too many blooms. My experience is that it does take a while to regrow and re-bloom if you deadhead it.
You can see two Angelonia planted here. This is the way they came from the nursery and are “somewhat” overgrown and mature for a late May or early June planting. They’re already well into bloom. The one on the left (harder to see) will be left unpruned and the one on the right has been chopped back (see below)
If these weren’t on trial but for my own pleasure, I’d have chopped both of them back.
This is what the plant on the right looks like immediately after pruning on June 10.
Angelonia ‘Alonia Big Blue’ by Danziger. Full sun, 12-18 inches tall and definitely drought resistant. Good blue color (or as good as any other plant labeled blue ever is) I’ve never yet met and Angelonia I didn’t like. I do suggest you prune them to about 8-inches tall when you plant as then they’ll recover, send multiple shoots of blooms and be gorgeous mid-summer until fall when you want them. If you try pruning later in the season, it takes too long for them to rebloom and the season is done. Long bloomer and I’m a huge fan of these plants.
Angelonia ‘Angelface Blue’ from Proven Winners. Height 18-24 inches tall, heavy flowering (same recommendation as above re pruning) Ran some drought testing on this plant and it passed (container grown) with flying colors. Heavily recommended to buy for both for containers and general full sun growing.
Angelonia ‘Steel Blue’
Planted June 7. It’s been a late growing season with cold weather through much of May so the test plants from Proven Winners didn’t arrive until early June. This is one of those plants provided for a review and I’m running the test above on them. The plants were a “little advanced” for bedding plants.
More data coming as the summer progresses.