30+ Popular Annuals that Can Handle Plenty of Sun (Color Explosion)
Welcome to our massive gallery featuring annuals that like or tolerate plenty of sun.
What are annuals?
Without getting into to much detail, they are flowers that last one season. You buy more or re-seed each year. Because annuals require effort each year, perennials are favored by people who like the idea of plant once and enjoy forever (or at least several years).
Perennials are the passive gardener’s preference. I can see the merit of that, BUT, and there’s a big but, no garden should ignore annuals.
Annuals Photo Gallery
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Table of Content
- Annuals Photo Gallery
- Corn Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)
- Love in a mist (Nigella damascena)
- Annual Phlox (Phlox Drummondii)
- Moss Rose (Portulaca grandiflora)
- Creeping Zinnia (Sanvitalia Procumbent)
- Dahlberg Daisy (Thymophylla tenuiloba)
- Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia)
- White horehound (Marrubium vulgare)
- Butter daisy (Melampodium paludosum)
- Four O’clock (Mirabilis jalapa)
- Annual mallow (Lavatera trimestris)
- Sweet Pea (Lathryrus odoratus)
- Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia)
- Paper Daisy (Helipterum roseum)
- Everlasting Flower (Helichrysum Bracteatum)
- Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus)
- Globe Amaranth (Gomphrena Globosa)
- Fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare)
- Sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima)
- Petunia (Calibrachoa)
- Blue floss (Ageratum houstonianum)
- Cocksomb (Celosia)
- Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus)
- Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
- Garden stock (Matthiola incana)
- Marigold (Tagetes)
- Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana)
- Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
- Blanket flower (Gaillardia pulchella)
- Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)
- Geranium (Pelargonium)
- African Daisy (Arctotis)
- Love lies bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus)
- Swan river daisy (Brachycome iberidifolia)
- Godetia (Clarkia amoena)
- Rocket larkspur (Consolida ambigua)
- Spider flower (Cleome hassleriana)
- California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
- Morning Glory (Convolvulus tricolor)
- Cape daisy (Dimorphotheca)
- Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum)
- Blue Marguerite (Felicea amelloides)
- Annuals at Our House
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Annuals at Our House
We have this amazing garden area next to our patio which is where we plant annuals every year. We’re not so ambitious to plant from seeds; instead my wife, 2 kids and I head to the nursery and load up on blooming annuals.
This makes for an instant explosion of color. It’s a lot of fun because it’s like painting a large canvas as we envision our garden with the various flowers available. Sometimes we pick some real winners but sometimes they’re duds. It’s a bit of a crapshoot but I think it improves over time as you learn what works and doesn’t work in a particular garden over the years.
Annuals offer many benefits to any garden or yard. Yes, you must plant a new batch each year and if you despise gardening, annuals aren’t for you. But, if you like the idea of trying something new on for size each Spring/Summer, annuals are terrific.
Planting annuals requires some planning. You can just dump whatever you like anywhere you like it. Different annuals have different ideal growing conditions.
How much sun is “plenty” or “tolerates” sun?
A flower is rated to be fine with plenty of sun or tolerates sun if it does okay with 1/2 day or longer of sun. At a minimum, that would be 5 to 6 hours and up.
This annual photo gallery features many annuals that like and/or tolerate plenty of sun for those exposed areas in your yard. You’ll notice for each flower listed, we provide quite a bit additional information such as water requirements, ideal soil pH, height at maturity, the main color options, hardiness zones and special features or characteristics. When available, we include an instructional video as well.
Note that just because different flowers can tolerate plenty of sun does not mean their other characteristics are similar. For example, some can handle drought while others still need plenty of water.
But the overarching theme with the gallery below is annuals that can handle a decent amount of sun. Each flower included meets those two variables.
If you’d like to submit a flower, please do so here (and kindly include a document that at a minimum sets out the common name of the flower and any other info you’d like included).