Annual Gardens

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


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California Poppy

California poppy is an orange annual flower that carpets the California hillsides in early spring. Garden forms are hardy. Colors include buff, yellow, orange, peach, red, and pink. Learn about this golden flower.


Celosia is an annual flower with silky blooms and a wide choice of appearance, size, and color. Celosia can be seen in large flower clusters and velvety cockscomb. Learn about celosia.

Cleome, Spider Flower

Cleome, or spider flower, is an annual flower known for its exceedingly long seedpods. They develop below the flowers to give the plants a spidery look. Find out more about Cleome.


Coleus is an annual flower that is a colorful classic with serrated leaves on branching plants. Coleus is a member of the mint family. Find out more about this flower.

Coreopsis (Annual)

Coreopsis is an annual flower with bright daisy-like petals in warm colors of yellow, orange and pink. This quick grow plant is perfect for meadow gardens and bouquets. Learn more about the coreopsis.


Cosmos is one of the fastest-growing annual flowers. Some varieties reach up to six feet. The daisy-like cosmos come in pink, red, white, and lavender with a yellow center. Discover the cosmos.

Dahlberg Daisy, Golden Fleece

Dahlberg daisy, or golden fleece, is a charming little annual plant with sunny flowers. This species of daisy bears many golden-yellow, upright flowers measuring a half an inch in diameter. Learn about the golden fleece.

Dusty Miller

Dusty miller is an annual flower used for several additional similar, silvery types of plants. They prefer full sun and well-drained soil, though they grow in lightly shaded areas. Learn about dusty miller.

Gazania, Treasure Flower

Gazania, or treasure flower, is a South African annual flower that likes hot, dry summers. Gardeners treasure its daisy-like flowers. Gazanias grow in rosette form with attractive notched leaves. Learn about ganzania.

Geranium, Zonal

The geranium, zonal, is a South African annual flower with a horseshoe-shaped band of dark leaf color. You can grow it in the garden or as a house plant. Find out about the zonal geranium.

Globe Amaranth

Globe amaranth is a tropical annual flower with small, cloverlike, papery flowers that continually bloom throughout summer. Globe amaranth can grow up to two feet. Learn more about globe amaranth.

Heliotrope, Cherry Pie

The Heliotrope, or cherry pie, is an annual flower with an alluring fragrance. Flowers bloom in splendid clusters of deep blue, white, violet, and lavender, and are great for rock gardens. Find out about heliotrope.

Impatiens, Busy Lizzie, Patience

Impatiens, busy lizzie or patience, is an annual flower in many colors. It has a tidy, mounding form and self-cleaning flowers. It's an ideal low-maintenance plant. Learn about the impatiens.


Lantana is an annual flower abundantly covered through the summer with brightly colored blossoms. This woody shrub comes in white, yellow, gold, orange, and red flowers an is a great container plant. Learn about lantana.

Lavatera, Rose Mallow

Lavatera, or rose mallow, is an annual flower that is related to both hibiscus and hollyhock. Rose mallow grows to three to five feet by the end of summer. Learn more about lavatera.

Lisianthus, Prairie Gentian

Lisianthus, or prairie gentian, is an annual with roselike flowers. Each blossom lasts for several weeks, and plants bloom nonstop. Forever Blue is an award winning variety. Learn more about lisianthus.


Lobelia is an annual flower known for the intense blue provided by certain varieties. Lobelias are great for rock gardens and among the best as container plants. Learn about lobelia.


Marigold is an annual flower that blooms well over a long season. American marigolds can be tall, up to 36 inches. French marigolds, or triploids, are bushier and more compact. Learn about the marigold.


The melampodium is an annual flower with bright green leaves that have many yellow, daisylike flowers peering forth all summer long. Plants are exceptionally tidy looking at all times. Learn more about this flower.


Nasturtium is an annual flower that is popular as an introduction to gardening. Salad lovers enjoy the peppery tang of nasturtium leaves and its edible flowers among their greens. Learn about nasturtium.

Nicotiana, Flowering Tobacco

Nicotiana, or flowering tobacco, is an annual flower related to the tobacco plants of commerce. Flower colors include white, pink, maroon, lavender, green, red, and yellow. Learn more about nicotiana.

Nierembergia, Cup Flower

Nierembergia is an annual flower known as the cup flower. Though rarely used, it refers to the shape of the flower, which is somewhat like an open-faced bowl. Learn more about the nierembergia.

Nigella, Love-in-a-Mist

Nigella, or love-in-a-mist, is an annual flower with threadlike foliage. Easily grown blossoms in soft colors have a delicate look and seedpods are used in flower arrangements. Learn more about the nigella.

Pansy, Viola

Pansies, and violas are annual flowers related to violets. These plants bloom during cool seasons of the year. In the Deep South, they are used for winter bedding. Learn about pansies and violas.


Perilla is an annual flower known for its frilly purple leaves. They're easy to grow and self-sow all over the place. Resembling purple basil, perilla plants grow up to three feet. Learn more about perilla.