Annuals that Thrive in the Sun

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.

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 To learn more about each item in the gallery, click the title or image and you’ll be taken to the brief article about that plant/flower that provides key information (and in many cases an instructional video).


Indian blanket (Gaillardia pulchella)



Details

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Common Name

Indian blanket

Scientific Name

Gaillardia pulchella

Type

Annual

Sub-Type

Sun

Full sun

Water

Dry to medium

Hardiness Zones

2 to 11

Soil pH

6.2 to 7.2

Flower Color

Red, Yellow, Bicolor

Special Characteristics

Attracts birds and butterflies, Tolerates drought, showy flowers, easy to grow

Height at Maturity

12-18”

Video



Perennial Flax



Details

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Common Name

Perennial Flax

Scientific Name

Linum perenne

Type

Perennial, Annual

Sub-Type

groundcover

Sun

Full sun to Part Shade

Water

Medium

Hardiness Zones

5 to 8

Soil pH

6.5 to 7.5

Flower Color

Blue

Special Characteristics

Showy Flowers

Height at Maturity

1' to 2'

Video



Pincushion Flower



Details

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Common Name

pincushion flower

Scientific Name

Scabiosa atropurpurea

Type

Perennial, Annual

Sub-Type

Groundcover

Sun

Fullsun

Water

Medium

Hardiness Zones

9 to 11

Soil pH

6.6 to 7.8

Flower Color

Blue, Violet, Red

Special Characteristics

Attracts Butterflies and Hummingbirds, Showy Flowers, Container

Height at Maturity

9" to 12"

Video



Pink



Details

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Common Name

Pink

Scientific Name

Dianthus chinensis

Type

Perennial, Annual

Sub-Type

ground cover

Sun

Full Sun to Part Shade

Water

Dry to medium

Hardiness Zones

6 to 9

Soil pH

6 to 7

Flower Color

Pink, ROse

Special Characteristics

Attracts birds and butterflies, Showy flowers Showy flowers

Height at Maturity

6" to 12"

Video



Pink Dianthus



Details

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Common Name

Pink Dianthus

Scientific Name

BOUQUET ROSE MAGIC

Type

Perennial, Annual

Sub-Type

Sun

Full Sun

Water

medium

Hardiness Zones

4 to 8

Soil pH

5.8 to 6.2

Flower Color

pink, rose

Special Characteristics

Showy, Fragrant

Height at Maturity

18" to 24"

Video



sweet William_Dianthus barbatus



Details

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Common Name

Sweet William

Scientific Name

Dianthus barbatus

Type

Perennial, Annual

Sub-Type

evergreen

Sun

Full sun to part shade

Water

Medium

Hardiness Zones

3 to 9

Soil pH

5.8 to 6.8

Flower Color

Red, pink, white, bicolor

Special Characteristics

Attracts birds and butterflies, showy flowers, fragrant

Height at Maturity

1' to 2'

Video





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.

Our Gallery

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.