What is an
An annual is a
type of plant that completes their life cycle in one growing season. These
plants are germinated from seeds and generally flower throughout the season,
setting their own seeds. These plant will die at the end of the season,
typically after the first frost.
classified as "half-hardy". These species also germinate seeds
and flower throughout the season, dying in one year. These plants are
started much earlier than tender annuals as the need extra time to mature.
will often classify tender perennials as annuals. If these plants were
grown in southern zones, they would survive many seasons. Examples of
these plants include geraniums, vinca, impatiens and coleus. Gardeners in
frost zones can winter these plants by bringing them inside before the first
frost or by taking cuttings from the plant and rooting indoors.
Here is list of
some popular annuals:
Ageratum - Displays a dense, compact mounded hedge of color.
Enjoys growing in full to partial sun. Varieties of ageratum are grown in
shades of blue, pink and white.
Alyssum - Compact clusters of tiny flowers. A wonderful
choice for planting near the edges of flower beds and containers.
Varieties bloom in shades of light pink, deep rose, violet, purple, white and
mixed. These plants will tolerate partial sun and like to be kept moist.
- Vigorous small blooms showing all summer. Grows 3"-5" and
likes medium to heavy watering. Does well in sun to partial sun.
(Wax)- Also known as fibrous-rooted begonias. These compact plants
enjoy growing in shade. Their foliage grows in either bronze or
green. Flowers bloom in pink, red or white.
(Tuberous-Rooted) - A wonderful choice for baskets and container
gardening. This shade-loving plant displays brilliant colors of yellow,
orange, red or white.
(Dianthus Caryophyllus) - This strong-stemmed plant is both showy and
fragrant. They grow great in containers and beds. Carnations grown
best in partial sun.
- This species produces various unique blooms. It is heat-tolerant in beds
and containers. Flowers are rich jewel tones.
- Known for their brilliant foliage, coleus adds wonderful contrast to shade
gardens. Rich leaves grown in unique colors and textures.
- Produces large petal blooms from feathery foliage. This variety grows
well in partial sun.
- Comes in a wonderful assortment of colors that includes red, violet, yellow,
white and rose. They are uniform in height and bloom time. Full sun
is best with light to medium watering.
- Pink to red blooms display spring throughout the entire summer. Grows
best in full sun. Grows 10-14" tall and requires medium water intake.
- Leaves are a silver-grey color. Known for there contrasting
foliage. The grow best in moist soil. Blooms in white or
yellow. Like full sun.
- Single flowers with two varieties of colors, varying from pinks, whites, and
purples. High heat tolerant but enjoy shade to partial shade. Avoid
wilting with medium water intake.
- Wide range of colors to include red, pink, white, salmon and peach.
Medium water intake in full sun locations.
- Large variety of colors. Long lasting flowers stand above large green
foliage. Light to medium watering in full sun.
(Straw flower) -
- Does best in moist soil. Blooms colors range from lavender, pink,
purple, red, white an yellow. Blooms all season. Height is
10"-30" with an average growth rate. This is a partial to full
New Guinea - This species blooms in a variety of showy colors.
Grow 8"-14" in partial sun. Medium watering is required.
- Blooms in shades of blue with small, delicate flowers. Water with medium
to heavy water. Does well in either sun or partial shade.
- Tolerate some drought. Will grow in dry to moist soil. Blooms
range from orange to yellow. Non stop blooming, spring through fall.
Partial shade, partial sun to full sun.
- Season long flowering gem with deep purple/blue flowers. Cascading and
compact. Full sun is needed with medium watering.
- Plant will grow in moist soil. Blooms in pink or white, spring through
fall. Flower are extremely fragrant and wonderful for cutting. Grows
12"-36" with a slow growth rate.
- Non-stop blooming - spring through fall. Perform great in summer
conditions. Medium water intake. This species is becoming extremely
popular! Flowers close softly in the evening.
- Several species of this bright, early spring flower. Many varieties of
color. It likes cooler weather. Compact growth of
3"-5". A wonderful self-seeding variety. Grown in full
- Several varieties of this non-stop blooming flower. This plant attracts
butterflies and humming birds. Avoid wilting with medium to heavy
watering. It does enjoy growing in full sun.
- Red to orange/yellow blooms throughout spring and summer. Compact,
growing 3"-6". Full sun and heavy watering is required.
- Full sun is best. Blooms in yellow summer through fall. Can
tolerate dry soil. 3'-4'.
Red and purple blooms throughout spring and summer. Full sun with medium
ant heavy watering.
- Blooms in blue, orange, pink, purple, red, white and yellow spring through
fall. It will grow in dry to moist soil. Fragrant blooms are
suitable for both fresh cut and drying. A taller annual that grows
- Likes moist soil. Blooming in blues, pinks, purples and yellow. A
wonderful blooming plant all season with showy foliage. Place in sun to
- A variety of colors ranging from reds, pinks, purples and white. Full
sun is best with medium water intake. Grows 6" - 12" tall.
- Related to the pansy, this variety grows well in moist soil. Blooms in
purple, blue and yellow. Grow in partial shade to full sun. Fragrant
flower are suitable for cutting.