Annuals

Gardening Guide

Annuals

Blue Daze

Evolvulus glomeratus
Low growing, somewhat spreading annual that bears blue flowers even in the hottest of weather. Has velvety, green foliage. Good low border or container plant. Easily grown, requiring little maintenance.

8" tall x 12-18" wide

Full sun

Cosmos

Cosmos bipinnatus
Outstanding annual with stunning display of semi-double, daisy-like blooms through summer and fall. Excellent cut flowers. Thrives in full sun and heat. Tolerant of some drought and poor soils.

3-4' tall 2-3' wide

Full sun

Dahlberg Daisy

Dyssodia tenuiloba
Summer annual or a perennial in mild winter areas. Threadlike leaves form a backdrop for small, daisy-like yellow flowers that blooms all summer and into fall. Nice in masses or for pockets of color. Easy care.

12" tall x 12" wide

Full sun

Ice Plant

Delosperma cooperi
Semi-evergreen, succulent groundcover with needle-like leaves. Electric pink flowers cover the plant off and on throughout summer. Heat and drought tolerant. Good used as a groundcover in the border, trailing over walls and rocks or in containers.

4" tall x 24" wide

Full sun

Lantana

Lantana camara
Low growing or mound-shaped with masses of stunning flower clusters in vivid shades of yellow, white, red and orange. Fast growing, adaptable plant. Thrives in hot, sunny areas. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Many varieties available. Perennial.

1-2' tall x 2-4' wide

Full sun

Marigold

Tagetes sp.
Traditional, easy to grow, flowering annual cherished for its nearly non-stop display of vibrant flowers in colors ranging from pale yellow to gold, reds and bicolors. An essential part of any sunny border or patio container. Many varieties available. Bloom spring, summer and fall.

1-2' tall x 1-2' wide

Full sun

Mexican Heather

Cuphea hyssopifolia
Delicate-looking but tough and durable border plant with small, deep green foliage and loads of tiny purple flowers that blooms all summer long. Also great in containers. Loves heat and humidity.

8-12" tall x 14-18" wide

Full sun

Moss Rose

Portulaca grandiflora
Low growing annual ideal for hot, sunny areas. Beautiful rose like flowers in a wide range of colors on trailing stems. New flowers open everyday. Succulent, thin foliage. Blooms from early summer to frost. Drought tolerant.

8-12" tall x 12-18" wide

Full sun

Pentas

Pentas lanceolata
Wonderfully showy, fast growing annual with profuse clusters of colorful, star-shaped flowers in summer. Glossy, dark green leaves contrast dramatically with blooms. Excellent border or container plant. Great color for hot, Texas landscapes. Also known as, Starflower.

1-2' tall x 1-2' wide

Full sun

Purslane

Portulaca oleracea
Low growing annual ideal for hot, sunny areas. Beautiful rose like flowers in a wide range of colors on trailing stems. New flowers open everyday. Succulent, round foliage. Blooms from early summer to frost. Drought tolerant.

4-8" tall x 12-18" wide

Full sun