Annual Gardens

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

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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

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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

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.

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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.

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Alternanthera, coming in perhaps 200 varieties, attracts attention for its leaf color, varying from gold to fuschia. Take caution with frost exposure and learn more about alternating alternanthera's colors in garden beds or hanging pots.

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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.

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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.

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Summer forget-me-not, or Cape forget-me-not, makes a powerful gardening statement with a blue not often found in midsummer. It likes milder summers yet direct light or mild shade. Use it to complement warm-colored blooms.

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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.

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Magic carpet plant, an excellent ground cover, extends along the ground up to 2 feet across and supports spherical flowers above its leaves. Learn why to circle garden shrubs with magic carpet plant.

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Sapphire flower, as its blue or white colors may belie, prefers cool or coastal temperatures. It grows into a bump around 18 inches in height and width. Use the compact variety for a strong border.

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Creeping juniper produces bluish green leaves, turning purple in winter, contrasting nicely against snow. Females sprout tiny, spherical bluish green berries. Learn how to grow this lovely evergreen plant as part of a winter garden.

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Looking for a long-lasting flower to accent your garden and floral arrangements? Plumed cockscomb is an annual flower that dries well and keeps its color. In this article, learn about planting, growing, propagating, and using plumed cockscomb.

By C. Colston Burrell

Sweet false chamomile is an annual flower that gives off sweet smells while growing or dried in sachets. In this article, learn about planting, growing, propagating, and using sweet false chamomile.

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Tidy tips is a great annual flower for cutting. With its distinctive yellow petals with white tips, it highlights any floral arrangement. In this article, learn about planting, growing, propagating, and using tidy tips.

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Tithonia or Mexican Sunflower is an annual flower that grows large, dramatic, and brightly colored blossoms on stalks as high as 8 feet. In this article, learn about planting, growing, propagating, and using tithonia.

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Toadflax is an annual flower that grows rapidly from seeds. A native of Morocco, these flowers pop open when squeezed. In this article, learn about planting, growing, propagating, and using toadflax.

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Transvaal daisy, also called Barberton daisy, is a annual flower that grows well in pots or the garden, and does well as a cut flower. In this article, learn about planting and growing Transvaal daisy.

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Tuberose is an annual flower that has white blossoms and a very sweet aroma. Cultivated by the Aztecs, they grow best in warm climates with lots of sun. In this article, learn about growing tuberose.

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Tuberous begonia is an annual flower bred to please gardeners, blooming the size of a salad plate in almost every color. In this article, learn about planting, growing, propagating, and using tuberous begonia.

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Stock is an annual flower that grows in consistent formations and works well as a cut flower. Stock grows very well in beds or rows. In this article, learn about planting and growing stock.

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Canterbury bells are a captivating bloom available in many colors, including blue, white and pink. They are prized for their bell-shaped flowers. Learn how to grow and maintain Canterbury bells.

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