Annual Flowers

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Annual flowers provide ever-blooming color and they are great for entire beds or just filling in bare spots. There is a huge selection of color, size, texture and hardiness available. Although annuals are just that, a one season plant, they can reseed themselves and return for several seasons. You can also save the seed, for certain varieties, and plant them the next spring. Flowers such as moss rose, marigolds and snap dragons are good re-seeders.

Since the majority of annuals are very colorful and bloom continuously, they look spectacular when isolated as their own bed. I like to mix them in with perennials, which typically bloom one time a season, to keep color in my beds all season.

I have made lists of annuals that perform well in sun and in shade to part-shade gardens. These flowers are relatively easy to grow for anyone.


  • Marigold
  • Geranium
  • Moss Rose
  • Snap Dragon
  • Ageranium
  • Petunia
  • Sylvia
  • Dianthus
  • Daisy
  • Phlox
  • Cockscomb
  • Dusty Miller
  • Sweet Alyssum
  • Aster
  • Dahlia


  • Impatien
  • Pansy
  • Morning Glory
  • Violas
  • Fusia
  • Begonia
  • Caladium
  • Coleus

These are a list of some of my favorites that have proven to be low maintenance and high performers. There are several ways to get higher bloom production as discussed in the soil and care pages. Most of the flowers listed will also perform well in containers if given enough space for their roots to expand.

Flats for these flowers can range anywhere from $8.00 to $18.00 depending on what region your in, where they are purchased and how late into the season they are purchased. I like to start with just a few flats and then purchase more late in the season when they are very inexpensive.

Give annual flowers a try, just follow the simple guidelines by choosing your hardiest plants, preparing your soil and providing sufficient moisture.