“Annual Garden Plants”
A true annual is a plant that completes its life
cycle in one year. This means it goes from seed to seed and then
dies off, during the course of one growing season. The whole
mission of an annual is to produce seed and propagate. That's
why deadheading or removing spent flowers before the seed
matures, produces more flowers and therefore more potential
Some tender perennials are grown as annuals in
colder climates. For a perennial to be worth growing as an
annual, it must flower profusely in its first year of growth.
Pansies, lantana and alyssum are all actually tender perennials.
There are also plants considered to be hardy
annuals. This just means that they are able to withstand a
little frost without being killed off and will continue to bloom
and set seed into the next year, but they will eventually
Bachelor Buttons and Salvia Victoria are
Annuals can be further divided into cool
season and warm season. Pansies will fade as the summer heats
up. Zinnias won't even get moving until the nights stay warm.
Annual flowers give you the opportunity to have a
totally different garden every year.