Annuals

Gardening Guide

Annuals

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

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

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

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

Potato Vine

Ipomoea batatas
Annual foliage plant with a vining habit. Foliage ranges from blackish bronze to green or variegated. Best used in hanging baskets, mixed plantings as an accent or groundcover. Tolerates heat very well.

8-12" tall x spreading

Full sun or shade

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

Salvia

Salvia splendens
Sturdy annual with dark green leaves topped by tall, dense clusters of flowers in a wide range of colors and that bloom from early summer to frost. Great as accent or in mass plantings. Perfect for container plantings.

12-18" tall x 12-18" wide

Full sun to part shade

Scaevola

Scaevola aemula
A very compact, spreading annual with fan-shaped flowers in shades of blue, pink and white. An exceptional plant for patio containers and hanging baskets. Heat and humidity tolerant. Blooms continuously late spring to fall.

8-12" tall x 18-24" wide

Full sun to part shade