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Annuals are a wonderful, colorful, and integral part of the plant world. By definition, an annual is a plant that flowers and dies in the same year or growing season. Some flowering plants are perennials in warm climates and annuals in colder climates such as the Calibrachoa plant.

Annuals only last one year but they provide so much color that they are an integral part of most landscapes. They provide color in shady areas and other small spaces in the landscape. The multitudes of color you can obtain from nursery grown annuals can just light up a yard.

Colorful annuals are available for shady, sunny, or partial sunny areas. They can be containerized, planted in beds, placed in window sill boxes, and hanging baskets.


Angelonia is also called summer snapdragon, and once you get a good look at it, you’ll know why. It’s the perfect plant for adding bright color to hot, sunny spaces. This tough plant blooms all summer long with spirelike spikes of blooms. While all varieties are beautiful, keep an eye out for the sweetly scented selections.
Varieties: Assorted colors
Container size: 4 1/2″ pot


Alstroemerias are best known as cut flowers, where their rich colors and lovely veining grace many a vase, where they’ll last for as long as two weeks. But they can also be grown in the garden, where they do best in light, well-drained soil. They bloom freely through the summer and come in almost all shades of the rainbow except true blue.
Varieties: Red, Orange, Lavender
Container size: 9″ pot


Annual begonia is about as easy as it gets. It does well in a variety of conditions, but to keep it its most luxuriant best, give it light shade; rich, well-drained soil; and ample water. It also loves plenty of fertilizer, so be generous. Plant annual begonias in spring after all danger of frost has passed.
Varieties: Dragon Wing (Red, Blue), Lady Francis, Gum Drop (asst colors), Baby Wing (asst colors)
Container size: 4 1/2″ pot


There are few flowers as showy as celosia. Whether you plant the plumed type, which produces striking upright spires, or the crested type, which has a fascinating twisted form, you’ll love using celosia in bouquets. The flowers are beautiful fresh, but you can also dry them easily.
Varieties: Assorted colors
Container size: 4 1/2″ pot


It’s amazing that the tall, dramatic spider flower is only an annual. Once temperatures warm up, it zooms to 4 feet or more plants very quickly and produces large balls of flowers with fascinating long seedpods that whirl out from it. Cut it for vases, but be aware that the flowers shatter easily after a few days.
Varieties: Assorted colors
Container size: 4 1/2″ pot


You can depend on this cottage-garden favorite to fill your garden with color all season long. The simple, daisylike flowers appear in cheery shades on tall stems that are great for cutting. The lacy foliage makes a great backdrop for shorter plants, as well. Cosmos often self-seeds in the garden.
Varieties: Assorted colors
Container size: 4 1/2″ pot


Geraniums have been a gardener’s favorite for well over a century. The old-fashioned standard for beds, borders, and containers, geranium is still one of the most popular plants today. Traditional bedding types love hot weather and hold up well to dry conditions; many offer colorful foliage.
Varieties: Assorted colors
Container size: 8″ Hanging Basket


Gerbera daisies are so perfect they hardly look real. They bloom in nearly every color (except true blues and purples) and produce fantastically large flowers on long, thick, sturdy stems. They last for a week or more in the vase, making them a favorite for fresh-flower bouquets.
Varieties: Assorted colors
Container size: 6 1/2″ pot


If you have a hot, baked spot, lantana is your answer. This hardworking plant not only thrives with little moisture and in full, unyielding sun, it does so with ease. In fact, lantana is a flower that seems to have it all: It produces an abundance of brightly colored flowers all summer and fall.
Varieties: Assorted colors
Container size: 4 1/2″ pot


Like their more common cousins, New Guinea impatiens provide hard-to-find brilliant color in shade. And it’s not just the flowers. The foliage is often brilliantly, exotically colorful as well. These tropical plants really shine in containers, where they thrive in the perfect soil and drainage.
Varieties: Assorted colors
Container size: 4 1/2″ pot


Moss rose is the gardener’s choice for the hottest, driest, most problematic spots in the garden — even a clay strawberry pot in full sun. This succulent plant thrives in heat, drought, and lousy soil, rewarding gardeners with nonstop color.
Varieties: Assorted colors
Container size: 4 1/2″ pot


There are few gardens that don’t have at least one salvia growing in them. Whether you have sun or shade, a dry garden or lots of rainfall, there’s an annual salvia that you’ll find indispensable. All attract hummingbirds and are great picks for hot, dry sites.
Varieties: Cathedral Deep Blue
Container Size: 4 1/2″ pot


With such pretty blue flowers, you’d think this annual would be rather fussy or delicate. Instead, this durable Australian native takes the heat without wilting and produces an abundance of lavender-blue or white fan-like blooms all summer.
Varieties: Blue, White
Container Size: 4 1/2″ pot


SunPatiens® is a revolutionary new hybrid impatiens bred by Sakata. These remarkable plants represent a breakthrough in flower breeding: robust, sun–loving, heat–loving impatiens that thrive in full sun or part shade and deliver continuous color from spring through frost.
Varieties: Assorted colors
Container Size: 6″ Pot


Try this enchanting little wishbone flower, also dubbed clown flower for its vividly marked flowers that are said to resemble the face of a clown. It’s a wonderful, relatively new choice for shade. The flower shape resembles tiny snapdragons, mouths wide open and showing off delicate throats marked with a contrasting color.
Varieties: Moon (asst colors)
Container size: 4 1/2″ pot


You’ve gotta love annual vinca — it really delivers. It will tolerate a wide variety of conditions and still keep it up with almost unreal-looking, glossy green flowers and pretty pink, lavender, or red flowers that look like tiny parasols. Whether the summer is dry or wet, hot or cold, vinca plugs along unfazed.
Varieties: Assorted colors
Container size: 4 1/2″ pot

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