Annuals are flowers you plant each year. The good news about annuals is they are inexpensive... real easy on the pocketbook!
Mass Plantings - When you plant dozens of one type of annual, the effect is stunning. Use a full range of colors or a single color... that depends on your taste! Mass planting is great for filling large areas, or filling in spots such as along side your front steps or sidewalk.
Make a Mixed Garden - Whichever annual flowers you choose to plant, try bringing together four or five types to make a mixed garden. You can also plant annuals among perennial spring flowers to create a beautifully diverse garden. Try mingling annuals with flower bulbs, like Easter flowers and lilies for beautiful mixed flower garden ideas.
Make it easy... check out our flower guide of popular annual flowers!
Quick Flower Guide of Easy Annuals:
Begonia - Height: 6 to 12 inches tall. These flowers are very reliable, producing white, pink, red, rose and scarlet flowers. Easy care in bright or shady locations. Use in edgings, mass plantings, containers, even indoors. Partial shade is best, and if your temperature stays below 90 degrees, full sun is OK.
Impatiens - Height: 1½ feet. Impatiens are easy to grow, and bloom from early summer until fall. They tolerate shade well, and colors are white, pink, rose, scarlet, violet, salmon, and orange. If your summers are hot, plant impatiens in partial shade, and water them well if exposed to sun.
Marigold - Height: 6 inches to 4 feet. Popular for their warm colors and easy care, marigold grow fast! There are several types which grow to different heights. Great for planting in gardens or containers, you'll get a spectrum of colors - yellow, gold, orange white, near red, and mahogany. Plant them in full sun and well drained, moist soil.
Petunia - Height: 10 to 18 inches. For excellent color and easy growth, petunias are hard to beat. Their colors are everything but orange and green. Plant them in full sun or light shade. You can use them in mixed beds, mass plantings, edgings, containers... almost anywhere you like!
Sweet Alyssum - Height: 3 to 6 inches. No flower guide is complete with sweet alyssum flowers. Easy to grow and low care, sweet alyssum blooms are white, rose, purple or lavender. Plant in full sun or partial shade, in almost any soil.
Zinnia - Height: 6 to 36 inches. These flowers are quite durable, grow fast, and bloom in all colors except blue. You can buy dwarfs (6 - 12 inches tall), intermediates (these grow about knee-high) and tall types (3 feet, even a bit taller). Zinnias love heat and full sun, and tolerate most any well-drained soil.
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