Snapdragons Galore

Learn about the joys and beauty of growing this wonderful old fashioned classic flower

Snapdragons Plant them and your garden will ignite with color October 30, 2008

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      Snapdragons Plant Them and  Your       

                             Garden Will Ignite With Color

Over the years I have enjoyed watching children squeeze this flower’s cheeks to see the dragon open wide, exposing its brightly colored throat, and then snap closed. This childish act has entertained generations of youngsters, but it’s not the only thing that makes this plant special.

When people ask me what to plant in the fall other than pansies, snapdragons quickly come to mind. They give you more height than groundhugging pansies and work well in the middle or back of borders. They also work great in containers. These cheery plants come in a wide array of colors, ranging from the brightest reds and yellows to the softest pastel pinks. Many of the flowers are bicolored. Some selections have blooms that look like open butterfly wings. An All-America Selections winner Madame Butterfly sports large, azalealike flowers.

Snapdragons are tender perennials but are typically grown as annuals. I wait until late October or early November, after the chrysanthemums stop blooming, to plant them at my home. In the Lower South snaps will bloom throughout the winter. But in the Middle South spring is the time they really put on a show. If you live in the Upper South, where the ground freezes solid, plant snaps in the spring and they’ll bloom until fall.

The last three autumns, I have planted Liberty snaps that grow 18 to 24 inches tall. Towering selections such as Rocket shoot up to 36 inches. These two are not only tall but also winter hardy. If you prefer dwarf snaps, try Little Darling-a mere 10 to 12 inches tall.

Lucinda Mays of Callaway Gardens likes the sturdystemmed Sonnet Series. She was also impressed with the way Black Prince held up during the cold last winter.

If you have full sun to partial shade with rich, welldrained soil, you’ll have no problem growing snaps. Pinch off the first buds to create a bushy plant. If you leave the first buds you will have early blooms and tall, spiky plants. Once your snaps begin to bloom out and turn brown, cut them back below the spent flowers. This will encourage new growth and a second bloom. Snaps can get top-heavy and topple over; try using small dogwood branches to prop them up. Taller selections such as Rocket may need to be staked to a single piece of bamboo.

If you think snaps look good in your garden, you’ll love them in the house. They make wonderful, long-lasting cut flowers. So this fall, in addition to planting pansies and bulbs, try snapdragons. They’re guaranteed to make you and the children happy.

Pages 94-95: Black Prince, Liberty, Madame Butterfly, and Little Darling, available from Thompson & Morgan (MO), 1-800-274-7333, no minimum order, catalog free; Rocket available from Park Seed (MO), 1-800-845-3369, no minimum order, catalog free; Madame Butterfly available from Ferry-Morse Seeds (MO), 1-800-283-3400, no minimum order, catalog free.   

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Serena Lavender Snapdragon

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Serena Lavender


Sugarplum and Candy Corn Snapdragons

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Top–Visions of sugarplums take on a new meaning when people see this snapdragon variety called Sugarplum. A part of the Luminaire series, Sugarplum is vigorous and ideally suited in hanging baskets.

Bottom–Halloween has passed, but Candy Corn snapdragons are colorful options in cool-season landscapes. This variety from the Crown series reaches 15 to 18 inches in height and looks good enough to eat.


Snapdragons yield cool color options.

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Snapdragons yield cool color options.                                           




By Norman Winter                                     

MSU Horticulturist
Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center

As exciting as the new pansies have been, 2005 was also a great year for new snapdragons. Our growers hit the target with the highest quality snaps I have ever seen. Garden centers tell me the snapdragons seemed earlier and created steady sales to enthusiastic customers.

Pan American Seed introduced the new Snapshot series this year. These are considered dwarf size reaching 6 to 10 inches tall, but they also spread outward 10 to 14 inches. The Snapshot snapdragons are available in eight colors and two mixes and have some of the most vibrant colors you will ever see in the cool-season landscape.

One of the most photographed plants at the trials this year was a new trailing snap from Ball FloraPlant called Sugarplum. Sugarplum is in the Luminaire series and is ideally suited in hanging baskets. They fill out a basket with incredible vigor and are certainly showy enough to be a stand-alone plant.


Its trailing habit lends itself to being used in mixed containers where you combine it with upright plants like a tall dianthus, flowering kale, asparagus fern and pansies. The Sugar Plum is plum purple, so combine it with white and yellow for a truly eye-catching combination.


S & G Seed has gained notoriety for their snapdragons with the introduction of the Montego series that reaches 12 inches tall. My favorite new selection this year is the Montego Orange bi-color that is an iridescent orange and yellow.


Keep your eyes open to see if any of the Crown series shows up. The crown series is also from S & G and is taller, reaching 15 to 18 inches tall. This year they have introduced a knockout selection called Candy Corn. It does look good enough to eat, but if you ever find it for sale, you will want it in the landscape because I promise you will be the envy of the neighborhood.


The snapdragon is native to Europe and the Mediterranean and is known botanically as Antirrhinum majus. The trailing snapdragons are a result of a cross with A. molle and A. hispanicum from Spain, giving them even more resiliency.


When it comes to snapdragons, bed preparation will pay off. Select a site in full sun for best bloom production. Incorporate 3 to 4 inches of organic matter along with 2 pounds of a slow-release, 12-6-6 fertilizer per 100 square feet of planting area.


Space transplants as recommended. This maymean some selections, like Rockets, should go toward the back of the border, and others like the Montegos or Snapshots, up front. Apply a good layer of mulch to keep soil temperatures moderate and give added winter protection.

Deadhead snapdragons to keep them tidy and blooming. If unusually cold weather is forecasted, completely cover them with pine straw until the temperatures have moderated.
Pay attention to moisture levels now and during the winter. While soggy feet can be lethal, many cold fronts in the South dry out beds to a severe level. As growth becomes more active in late winter or early spring, side dress with a light application of fertilizer.

There are a lot of snapdragon varieties on the market, but you may not find the ones I mentioned. Rest assured that varieties such as Rockets, Sonnets, Liberty Classics, Solstice and Ribbons are all worth planting and will make your cool-season landscape come alive with color.


Cinnamon Bronz                                                        Dancing Flame        

Varieties of Snap Dragons

      Varieties of Snap Dragons
These colorful flowers are best used in Florida from fall to early spring. Grow snapdragons in well-drained soil in full sun, though a little shade for only a couple hours a day can be tolerated. Space the plants 10 to 14 inches apart. Pinch off the tops of the plants after planting to induce branching. There are many types of snapdragons available, but most can be classified into one of four common groups: tall (2 to 3 feet), intermediate (1 to 2 feet), short (9 to 12 inches), and dwarf (4 to 9 inches). Tall types include ‘Rocket’ and ‘Bright Butterflies.’ ‘Monarch,’ ‘Pixie,’ ‘Vanity Fair,’ and ‘Rembrandt’ are common intermediate types. ‘Tom Thumb’ and ‘Floral Carpet’ are short types, and ‘Magic Carpet’ and ‘Little Gem’ are popular dwarfs. Put the tall and intermediate types at the backs of beds, and use the short and dwarf types for the fronts or edges of beds.
           Southern Living
Height: 3 ft Spacing: 12 in
Type: annual
Flowers: Pink, purple, red, white, yellow, orange

Comments: A wide range of snapdragon strains is available.
The tall types are two and one half to three feet tall,
the intermediates are one to two feet tall, the bedding
types are six to fifteen inches tall, and the rock garden
hybrids are three to six inches tall. The dwarf types can
be used in sunny window boxes. The flowers come in a wide
range of colors. Snapdragons grow in any slightly acid,
garden soil, however, they don’t grow well in clay. The
plants require full sun and moist soil. A second crop of
flowers may be obtained from plants that have finished
flowering. Cut them back to within 5 or 6 nodes of the
ground when the first flowers fade. Fertilize when the
second crop of flower buds become visible.

Propagation: Snapdragons may be propagated by seeds, or
by cuttings which root readily. The seed germinates in 10
to 14 days at 70 degrees. Do not cover the seed with
soil. Pre-chilled seeds germinate best. Seedlings with
two to three sets of leaves are pinched, however, dwarf
forms do not need pinching. Plants with dark colored
flowers have dark green or reddish stems and those with
white or pale flowers have pale green stems. Set plants
in the garden after the danger of frost has passed.

‘Floral Carpet Series’ – Dwarf
‘Floral Showers Series’ – Dwarf
‘Liberty Series’ (Vis. 1) – Intermediate
‘Princess White/Purple Eye’ – Intermediate
‘Rocket Series’ – Tall
‘Royal Carpet Series’ – Dwarf
‘Sonnet Series’ – Intermediate
‘Tahiti Series’ – Dwarf

References for Cultivars: Lowell C. Ewart, 1997 Flower
Seed Trials, Michigan State University.                          


                                                                         judy’s flower’s


Seed Catalogs

      Seed Catalogs    


Below is a list of various seed catalogs that I have used over the years.  This is only a partial list and if you browse you’ll find many many more.  It is just that I am familiar with and have done business with these companies in the past.



The Burpee company was founded in Philadelphia in 1876 by an 18 year-old with a passion for plants and animals and a mother willing to lend him $1000 dollars of “seed money” to get started in business. Within 25 years he had developed the largest, most progressive seed company in America. By 1915 we were mailing a million catalogues a year to America’s gardeners.



Since 1879, Harris Seeds has been providing gardeners the very best in flower seeds, vegetable seeds, plants and supplies.  Today, we continue that dedication with our easy to use website.  Welcome!



Welcome to our new e-commerce web site. Stokes Seeds is a distributor of flower, vegetable, herb and perennial seeds as well as many garden accessories to customers throughout North America. What makes Stokes Seeds unique is our focus on quality garden seed and extensive growing information. Unlike most other seed companies we sell to both home gardeners and commercial growers. This gives us the advantage that no order is too small or too big.



Providing Gardeners with Vegetable Seeds, Perennial Seeds, Flower Seeds, & Seed Starters for the American Garden Since 1868.



Offering catalog and online ordering. From Yankton, South Dakota

Thompson and Morgan Seed Catalog

The history of horticulture in the UK is bench-marked with names that have become famous. Among the companies that have founded the country’s seed industry a few names still survive, although their independence has been surrendered. Yet, as one of the oldest firms in the business, Thompson & Morgan retains both its identity and its reputation for innovation and quality. It all began in a small garden behind a baker’s shop in Tavern Street, Ipswich, tended by William Thompson, the baker’s son. He started work by helping his father but, stricken with ill-health, he began studying botany and passionately cultivated the garden at the back of the shop in Ipswich, Suffolk, England. He was soon to acquire the name of the ‘baker botanist’. From the back garden he moved to a nursery at the edge of Ipswich and then to an even larger one. Eventually there were three Thompson nurseries in the town and William began to publish a magazine called ‘The English Flower Garden’.


Visit our farm at Foss Hill Road in Albion, Maine, a farm community 10 miles east of Waterville, Maine.

Our trial fields are open to guests for self-guided tours from July through September.




Welcome to New England Seed Co./Carolina Seeds online store!





Where Can I Buy Snapdragons?

      Where Can I Buy Snapdragons     


That will depend on whether or not you want to plant seeds or seedlings and the varieties you want to plant.

 For standard varieties very often the seed stores (and even dollar stores) will have racks of seed packets 8 or 10 for $1.00.  Now I have used these inexpensive packets for over thirty years with excellent results.


The fancier varieties such as double colors will require you switch up to some of the better known brand names.

You can also order through various seed catalogs which I will cover in  another page.  I have ordered seeds and plants from these catalogs for over thirty years with excellent success and have received great customer service as well.


You may choose to purchase seedlings, instead of planting seeds.  Usually these are available through any good flower/home and garden center.  You can buy some packets of six flowers or entire flats with dozens of seedlings in them.


Here are some tips on purchasing seedlings:


When starting a new garden, or adding to an existing one,
it is absolutely vital to choose only the healthiest plants from the best sources. While many gardeners prefer the control that can only be had by growing plants directly from seed, others prefer to buy seedlings or seed packs from a reputable nursery or garden center.


When buying seedlings to transplant,
it is essential that the gardener choose only the healthiest and most robust plants. Ifyou are new to the gardening world, be sure to seek advice from more experienced gardeners with regards to the best places to buy healthy plants. Knowing where to buy, and what to look for once you get there, will give you a great start toward gardening success.


Be sure to look over the nursery or garden center
carefully and make an assessment of the health of the plants for sale. Do they have a robust look, with lush foliage and strong stems? Are they free of insects and disease? Be sure to look for any signs of disease, including spots on the leaves, holes, or scarring on the branches or stems.


Each flower variety you buy should come with instructions
for how to best transplant and take care of the plant. If such instructions are not provided, be sure to ask the staff at the nursery for recommendations. Following the recommendations and tailoring your care to the needs of each individual plant is the best way to succeed.