Annual Gardens

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


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Common Sage

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.

Scaveola, Fairy Fan-Flower

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

Signet Marigold

Signet marigolds are old-fashioned flowers with delicate texture and a delightfully fragrant foliage. They have tiny flowers only a half inch in diameter. Read more about this marvelous flower.

Statice, Sea Lavender

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.

Vining Petunia

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.

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.

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.

Southern Star, Star of the Argentine

Looking for an annual flower that transfers well into the indoors at first frost? The southern star, or star of the Argentine, grows well in containers or the garden. Learn about using southern star in this article.

Sweet False Chamomile

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.