Sweet Annie makes the most fabulously fragrant and easy flower crowns! She’s also an exquisite filler in both fresh and dry arrangements. Her deep green, fern-like foliage quickly grows 4 to 6 feet tall, even in poor soil and partial sun. She is sweetly fragrant, like so many of her cousins in the sage family, remaining so for years in dry arrangements and wreaths. Enjoy our blog with the crown tutorial! We harvest her branches for such things from late July through September.
Readily re-seeding herself, our sweet annie patch is well outside our vegetable gardens in a place she can keep her own company for years!
My introduction to sweet annie was in 2004 at the Common Ground Fair in Maine when we were welcomed to the Fair by buckets of sweet annie and strawflower. With a quick lesson, we joined thousands of Fair-goers who had also made glorious crowns, fragrant and sweet!
Needless to say, we’ve been friends ever since.
When to sow (Transplant Only): Sow indoors ~4 weeks before final frost.
Sowing and seedling care: At Fruition we sow in soil blocks, 2 seeds per cell. Bottom water or mist to avoid covering the seed with displaced soil. Thin to strongest one & pot up once second set of true leaves emerge. Harden off (reduce water & temp for 3-7 days outside) & transplant after danger of frost has passed
Seed Depth: barely cover
Days to Germination: 7-15 days at 70°F
Full Sun Plant spacing after thinning: 12 inches
Days to Flower: 90 Height: 4-7 feet
Harvest: cut just before flower for optimum fragrance in dry arrangements.