List of Annual Flowers
Types of Annuals For Sun
This list of annual flowers will brighten your annual flower beds or container gardens. Perennials versus annuals. Discover the instant gratification you can obtain by planting sun annuals.
Wax begonias and zonal geraniums planted together in a container garden.
Gardening with annuals is fun because you can achieve quick results. Annual flower seeds are readily available for all of the plants on this list. If you enjoy watching a seed sprout and grow into an annual bedding plant, then start your plants from seed.
If you are impatient, like me, you can plant annuals that are already blooming by beginning with nursery plants. You can also order annual flowers online.
Either way, your planting will mature rapidly. Most annual flower plants are genetically programmed to mature in a few weeks.
Perennials versus Annuals
See how the sun loving annuals planted in front of the hedge and at the mailbox brighten this Central Florida front yard landscape design.
Perennials are investment plants.
They're the retirement plan of the plant world.
You have to be patient and willing to wait for a period of years to receive the benefits they offer.
Perennial border plants are long-lasting, beautiful landscape accents and, in the long run, they are cheaper than annuals which makes them the better investment.
They are also the plants of choice for lazy gardeners.
You plant them once and they come back year after year on their own.
So why plant annuals ?
Annual plants are the fast food of the plant world. And on a plant-by-plant basis, they are cheaper than perennials. Even if the budget is tight this year, you can still get your plant fix.
You can quickly surround yourself with color by growing annual flowers in the spring.
Here's a list of annual flowers to help you chase away the winter blues.
Annuals for Sun
White alyssum and blue lobelia are a pretty combination.
The honey-scented blooms of Lobularia maritima appear in great profusion in early spring.
At just 3-8 inches tall this is the most diminutive plant on our list of annual flowers.
Sweet alyssum displays a creeping growth habit which makes it one of the best plants for annuals container gardening. It will drape over and hide the edge of the pot.
You can plant any of the annual plants on this page in a sunny spot in well drained soil. Clicking on the links will take you to a page of growing instructions for that particular plant.Wax BegoniaPetuniaSunflower
Ornamental Cabbage and Kale plants make a brilliant display in winter and spring.
The leaves of flowering cabbage and kale can be smooth or deeply cut. They start out blue-green and turn magenta, purple or white when kissed by frost. These ornamental brassicas will retain their good looks until summer's heat causes them to bolt.Kalanchoe blossfeldianaNew Guinea ImpatiensMexican Sunflower
Mexican sunflowers are fast-growing annuals for sun. This is, by far, the largest plant on this list of annual flowers. A single plant can reach dimensions of 5x5 feet.
Even the dwarf varieties which are supposed to top out at 3 feet will grow larger given enough heat and moisture so plant them at the back of your annual flower beds.
Dusty Miller pairs beautifully with pink Impatiens.
Impatiens are famous for their shade tolerance but most varieties will grow in all but the hottest sun if sufficient water is supplied.
Senecio cineraria's white, silver or gray leaves (depending on the cultivar) are a fantastic foil for bright flowers in the landscape.Pentas lanceolataScarlet SageMarvel of Peru
The periwinkle plant, Catharanthus roseus looks much like an Impatiens but it can handle the sun's most scorching rays.
They flower all summer long, through drought and deluge with little care and come in a range of colors.
Easy-Does-It Deer Resistant Annuals
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