Gardening Quiz - Annuals - Border Plants 1 (Questions)

Many of the plants featured in this quiz are used in formal bedding schemes but they generally lack the intensity of colour of the plants included in our bedding plant quiz. Nonetheless each plant has its merits and every one of the species here will be a particular favourite of many gardeners.

Colours can be mixed together in an annual border without any problem but you will need to give some thought to the sizes of the respective plants. If you plant a row of sunflowers in front of your Portulacas you will see little of the Portulacas!

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1. What is a common name for Portulacas?
[ ] Algae rose
[ ] Fern rose
[ ] Lichen rose
[ ] Moss rose
2. It is possible that a colour was named after a wild species of Dianthus. What colour is it?
[ ] Lavender
[ ] Lilac
[ ] Pink
[ ] Salmon
3. What is the common name for Gaillardia?
[ ] Blanket Flower
[ ] Duvet Flower
[ ] Pillow Flower
[ ] Sheet Flower
4. This is a closeup of the flower of which garden plant?
[ ] Antennaria
[ ] Anthemis
[ ] Anthurium
[ ] Antirrhinum
5. Mature Sunflower heads almost always point in the same direction - which direction?
[ ] Track the sun
[ ] East
[ ] South
[ ] West
6. Sweet Williams are often used as cut flowers. Which family do they belong to?
[ ] Aster
[ ] Chrysanthemum
[ ] Dianthus
[ ] Iris
7. What is the name of this flower?
[ ] Begonia
[ ] Chrysanthemum
[ ] Dahlia
[ ] Eustoma
8. Plants that in the UK are known as Tourenia are known as what in the USA?
[ ] Tarenia
[ ] Terenia
[ ] Torenia
[ ] Turenia
9. What is the common name for this plant?
[ ] Black Eyed Susan
[ ] Black Eyed Sharon
[ ] Yellow Dressed Sheila
[ ] Yellow Dressed Shirley
10. What type of flower is this?
[ ] Carnation
[ ] Cosmos
[ ] Dahlia
[ ] Zinnia
Gardening Quiz - Annuals - Border Plants 1 (Answers)
1. What is a common name for Portulacas?
[ ] Algae rose
[ ] Fern rose
[ ] Lichen rose
[x] Moss rose
2. It is possible that a colour was named after a wild species of Dianthus. What colour is it?
[ ] Lavender
[ ] Lilac
[x] Pink
[ ] Salmon
The plants are often known as 'pinks'. The original meaning of pink inferred a perforated pattern as at the outside of Dianthus flowers
3. What is the common name for Gaillardia?
[x] Blanket Flower
[ ] Duvet Flower
[ ] Pillow Flower
[ ] Sheet Flower
This name is most often used in America where it is said that Native Americans made blankets with similar colouring to gaillardia flowers
4. This is a closeup of the flower of which garden plant?
[ ] Antennaria
[ ] Anthemis
[ ] Anthurium
[x] Antirrhinum
5. Mature Sunflower heads almost always point in the same direction - which direction?
[ ] Track the sun
[x] East
[ ] South
[ ] West
Young Sunflower plants do track the sun but mature ones settle on constantly pointing East. Remember this when you are planning where to put them!
6. Sweet Williams are often used as cut flowers. Which family do they belong to?
[ ] Aster
[ ] Chrysanthemum
[x] Dianthus
[ ] Iris
Sweet Williams are Dianthus Barbatus. They look very unlike the familiar garden pinks BUT the frilled edge to the petals in each flower is a giveaway that they belong to the Dianthus family
7. What is the name of this flower?
[ ] Begonia
[ ] Chrysanthemum
[x] Dahlia
[ ] Eustoma
8. Plants that in the UK are known as Tourenia are known as what in the USA?
[ ] Tarenia
[ ] Terenia
[x] Torenia
[ ] Turenia
In American they drop the 'u' the same way that they do with 'favorite' and 'color'!
9. What is the common name for this plant?
[x] Black Eyed Susan
[ ] Black Eyed Sharon
[ ] Yellow Dressed Sheila
[ ] Yellow Dressed Shirley
10. What type of flower is this?
[ ] Carnation
[ ] Cosmos
[ ] Dahlia
[x] Zinnia