ANNUALS

complete their life cycle in a single growing season.
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What IS An Annual?

Annuals complete their life cycle in a single growing season.  What this means is that their seeds germinate, the plant grows, and they produce a flower that then goes to seed for the next generation.  All of this happens from Spring to Fall.

Why Plant annuals?

The most common reason for planting annuals is the color that they provide.  Because annuals will flower continually (if maintained) they provide constant color to the landscape.

possible drawbacks:

Annuals, when compared to perennials, have some drawbacks.  They will not tolerate a frost or winter.  This means that annuals must be planted each year

Another drawback is that annuals in order to continue to flower, must be dead-headed.  What this means is that you cannot allow the seed to form in the flower.  This tricks the plant into continuing to flower to produce that seed for its next generation.

annuals in order to continue to flower, must be dead-headed.
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Below you will find two lists of annual plants.  It is often easiest to break choices down based upon how much sun a plant will tolerate.  While some plants that are tolerant of full sun will also grow in shade, they might not flower as vigorously, or they may stretch for light, instead of remaining tight with their growth habit.

FULL SUN (a - g):

Ageratum

Alyssum

Amaranthus

Argyranthemum

Bacopa

Balsam

Begonia

Bidens

Brachycome

Bracteantha (Strawflower)

Browallia

Calendula

Calibrachoa

Carnation

Castor Bean

Celosia

Cleome

Coleus

Cuphea

Dahlberg Daisy

Dahlia

Dianthus

Datura (Angel Trumpet)

Dusty Miller

Gazania

Geranium

Gomphrena

Full Sun (h - z):

Helichrysum (Licorice Plant)

Lisianthus

Lobelia

Marigold

Mesembryanthemum (Livingstone Daisy)

Nasturtium

Nemesia

Nicotiana

Nierembergia

Nigella

Osteospermum (Oste)

Pansies

Pentas

Petunia

Phlox

Portulaca (Moss Roses)

Salvia

Snapdragon

Statice

Stocks

Sunflower

Verbena

Vinca

Viola

Zinnia

PARTIAL SUN:

Alyssum

Begonia

Coleus

Impatiens

Pansies

Violas