Annual Gardens

Annual gardens can brighten your exterior with beautiful flowers. Learn how to plan and plant annual gardens.

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Sunflowers are incredibly tough and can be grown in almost any soil. Plus, it's hard not to smile when you see a field of these bright yellow rays.

By Wendy Bowman

It'll save you money and help the environment. How can you grab water from your roof and your washing machine and use it to hydrate your plants?

By Clint Pumphrey

Your kangaroo paw plant will grow best in moist, well-drained soil in a sunny, warm area.

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One traditionally pictures a winter garden as stark and bleak, banked with snow and leaves. Just under the surface, however, a winter garden can teem with life.

By Gerlinda Grimes

Annuals are primed to germinate quickly when conditions are right, grow speedily, and then make loads of flowers, fruits, roots and seeds. Learn all about annual flowers by checking out this annual flower pictures image gallery. You may get some ideas.

By Marie Bobel

Asparagus fern is an attractive plant with star-shaped flowers that turn into pretty red and purple berries. Learn how to grow the asparagus fern in the garden and as a house plant.

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American marigold is the largest of the marigolds. Great height and large flowers add loads of glowing color to flower beds, containers, and borders. Read more about this popular annual.

By Lynn Adams

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Moonflowers make a lovely display for a twilight stroll because they open in the evenings and reflect the moonlight. They grow quickly and rapidly stretch their vines up to 15 feet long. Read more about this mysterious flower.

By Lynn Adams

Common sage has lovely leathery, silver leaves and is also available in tricolor variegated forms that make handsome foliage plants. The oval leaves are hairy and fragrant. Read more about this hardy shrub.

By Lynn Adams

Scaveola, also called fairy fan-flower, has blue to purple flowers shaped like fans. It is pretty in hanging baskets, or for use as ground cover. Read how to grow and care for scaveola

By Lynn Adams

Statice, or sea lavender, is the perfect flower for cutting and drying. They make beautiful upright accents in mixed flower gardens, and are great for attracting butterflies. Read about these lovely flowers.

By Lynn Adams

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Vining petunias are a new type of petunias, whose flowers emerge from top to bottom. They are low maintenance and are ideal for hanging baskets. Read about other uses for vining petunias.

By Lynn Adams

Annual plants fill your landscape with color and fragrance, adorn your vases with bouquets, and provide a harvest of vegetables and herbs. Learn about the many ways to use annual plants.

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Snowstorm bacopa is a new annual in the U.S. It has hundreds of small white flowers on cascading stems and grows well in both sun and shade. Read more about this Proven Winner.

By Lynn Adams

Dracaena, or spike plant, was traditionally considered a houseplant, but has now moved outside as an annual. The leaves add great height and texture to any garden scenery.

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Mexican zinnia thrives in hot weather and grows upright to 24 inches high. It bears golden, orange, or red flowers all season and looks similar to marigolds. Read more about this charming choice.

By Lynn Adams

Annuals grow quickly and fill your garden with blossoms from spring until fall. Make the most of their bright blooms by carefully laying out your garden. Learn how to design an annuals garden.

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Gypsy baby's breath is an airy bush covered with petite flowers in hues from white to carmine. The flowers will bloom for an extended period. Learn more about this effective border plant.

By Lynn Adams

Thunbergia, also known as Black-Eyed Susan Vine or Clock Vine, climbs to heights of 8 feet. Petals of white, yello, orange, or cram fan around dar "eyes." Learn about thkis fantastic trellising plant.

By C. Colston Burrell

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English wallflower, a pleasant-smelling flower, comes in a variety of colors, including double. It can continue flowering indoors in winter. Learn about how to display English wallflower.

By C. Colston Burrell

Feather reed grass, climbing to 5 feet tall, sprouts a flower head changing from a purple color to tan in autumn. Learn more about this drought-resistant grass and its use as a divider.

By C. Colston Burrell

Baby blue eyes, aptly named for its tiny, light-blue flowers, makes a nice filler between walkway bricks or stones. It prefers cooler, drier zones. Learn more about growing baby blue eyes.

By C. Colston Burrell

Blood Leaf, with its violet-red tint, stuns as a garden border or window sill lining. Learn about when to mist this plant and how to mix it among related varieties in containers.

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Firecracker plant, with red tube-like flowers, needs direct light and at least 6 inches of surrounding space. Start your indoor garden with firecracker plants, which look great spilling out of hanging or boxed planters.

By C. Colston Burrell

Lotus vine is also known as parrot's beak because of its feather-like leaves and red, curvy petals. Use its trailing ability for display in or on boxed, suspended, or trellised planters.

By C. Colston Burrell