Annual Gardens

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


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Snowstorm Bacopa

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.

Rose Balsam

Rose balsam is an old-fashioned flower with narrow, elongated leaves and cup-shaped flowers of white, purple, pink, or red. Read how to grow, propagate, and use this widely adaptable and generously flowing annual.

Cobbity Daisy

Cobbity daisy is originally a product of the University of Sydney, Australia. They are naturally compact and need no pinching to grow full with single to double daisylike flowers. Read more about this great annual.

Dracaena, Spike Plant

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. Read about this fascinating plant.

Fountain Grass

Fountain grass has tender leaves of both green and purple adorned by beautiful pinkish flower spikes in late summer. Read about how these grasses can add texture and great color to your garden.

Mexican Zinnia, Spreading Zinnia

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.

Annuals Garden Design

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.

Gypsy Baby's Breath

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.

Thunbergia, Black-Eyed Susan Vine, Clock Vine

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.

Torenia, Wishbone Flower

Torenia, or wishbone flower, fond of muggy climates, grows into a short, bush-like clump. Flowers come in many colors and look like snapdragons. Learn about using torenia in a formal garden bed.

English Wallflower

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.

Garden Care: Annuals

With proper care, your garden annuals can grow and thrive. You can also protect them from certain pests and diseases, to which annuals can be more susceptible. Learn how to care for your garden annuals.

Feather Reed Grass

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.


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.

Baby Blue Eyes

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.

Blood Leaf

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.

Firecracker Plant

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.

Summer Forget-Me-Not, Cape Forget-Me-Not

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.

Lotus Vine, Parrot's Beak

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.

Magic Carpet Plant

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.

Meadow Foam, Fried Eggs

Meadow foam, or fried eggs, flowers quickly with springtime rain. Though a flower, its bushiness makes it look like a shrub. Use this versatile flower just about anywhere in the outdoor garden.

Sapphire Flower

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.

Creeping Juniper

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.

Plumed Cockscomb

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.

Snow-in-Summer, Ghost Weed

Snow-in-summer, also known as ghost weed, is an annual grass that can provide an edging and variety to your garden. In this article, learn about planting, growing, propagating, and using snow-in-summer.