Annuals

Gardening Guide

Annuals

Geranium

Pelargonium sp.
One of the most popular garden plants. Leaves are rounded with a hairy surface and variations in coloring. Summer blooming flowers in a wide range of bright colors. Excellent container plant. Annual in most areas, perennial in mild climates. Blooms heaviest in spring and fall.

12-18" tall x 12-18" wide

Full sun to part shade

Gomphrena

Gomphrena globosa
Spectacular flowering annual. Papery, bright pink, purple, or white blooms flourish through the heat of summer. Flowers dry well, bright color is retained even after blooms are dry. Compact, rounded plant is attractive in flower borders.

12" tall x 12" wide

Full sun to part shade

Helenium

Helenium autumnale
Shades of golden and red daisy-like flowers atop strong stems bloom from midsummer into fall. Great for fresh cut flower arrangements. Attracts butterflies. Easily grown.

24-30" tall x 24-30" wide

Full sun to part shade

Joseph’s Coat

Alternanthera sp.
Popular plant widely grown for its colorful leaves with yellow, red, bronze or pink markings. Ideal for use in sunny borders as a contrast to green-leaved plants. Great in mixed containers.

12" tall x 12" wide

Full sun to part shade

Lisianthus

Eustoma grandiflorum
Showy, clump-forming plant with tulip-shaped flowers in shades of purplish-blue, pink or white rise above grayish green foliage in summer. Excellent color for pots, borders or cut flower gardens.

18" tall x 12" wide

Full sun to part shade

Lobelia

Lobelia erinus
Low, compact mounding plant with profuse flowers in shades of blue, pink, purple and white appearing summer into fall. Popular and dependable edging plant and wonderful when mixed into container plantings.

4" tall x 12" wide

Full sun to part shade

Ornamental Cabbage

Brassica oleracea
Popular annual widely grown for its colorful red, purple and white leaves. Foliage color intensifies in cool weather. Ideal for beds, borders or containers. Nice from fall until temperatures warm up in early summer.

12-18" tall x 12-18" wide

Full sun to part shade

Ornamental Kale

Brassica oleracea
Popular annual widely grown for its colorful red, purple and white leaves with tightly ruffled, frilly edges. Foliage color intensifies in cool weather. Ideal for beds, borders or containers. Nice from fall until temperatures warm up in early summer.

12-18" tall x 12-18" wide

Full sun to part shade

Pansy

Viola wittrockiana
Popular winter flower features a beautiful range from large flowers. Fragrant winter and spring flowers in shades of yellow, white, purple, lavender and deep red most with contrasting “faces”. Great when planted over spring bulbs like tulips and daffodils.

4-8" tall x 8" wide

Full sun to part shade

Petunia

Petunia hybrida
Extremely popular flowering annual cherished for its profusion of lightly fragrant, funnel-shaped flowers in a vast array of colors and bicolors. Ideal for use in beds, borders, containers or hanging baskets. Many varieties available.

8-18" tall x 12-18" wide

Full sun to part shade