Annual Plants Introduction

Annuals 6A garden plant that grows, blooms, seeds, and dies with the fall frost is an annual.  A plant that succumbs in colder regions is treated as an annual but may be considered a tender perennial in warmer regions. Annuals come in all colors, shapes, and sizes; some are grown for their beautiful foliage, others for their fragrance or prolific blooms.  There are annuals that tolerate hot, dry conditions, and those that need cool, moist growing conditions.  Annuals climb, trail, and creep; some are perfect for mass planting while others stand as a single specimen. 

Annuals can be started from seeds or cuttings – many of them are available in the spring from local nurseries.  Their versatility and extensive color palette means that there is a place for them in nearly every garden.  Many annuals are familiar old time favorites while others are exotic introductions from far reaches of the globe.

Some of the most commonly used annuals are:

  • Snapdragons
  • Zinnias
  • Petunias
  • Marigolds
  • Impatiens
  • Coleus
  • Geraniums
  • Salvia
  • Cosmos
  • Morning Glory vine

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