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 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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 We continually update this database, so please bookmark it and check back weekly.

 To learn more about each item in the gallery, click the toggle button below images which will reveal more about that plant/flower that provides key information (and in many cases an instructional video). Ordered A to Z.


African Daisy (Arctotis)



Details

Common Name

African Daisy

Scientific Name

Arctotis

Type

Annual

Sub-Type

Groundcover

Sun

Full Sun

Water

Tolerates drought

Hardiness Zones

2 to 11

Soil pH

5 to 5.5

Flower Color

Orange, Pink, Red, White

Special Characteristics

Container

Height at Maturity

12" to 24"

Video



Annual mallow (Lavatera trimestris)



Details

Common Name

Annual mallow

Scientific Name

Lavatera trimestris

Type

Annual

Sub-Type

Groundcover

Sun

Full Sun

Water

Medium moisture

Hardiness Zones

2 to 11

Soil pH

6.3 to 6.7

Flower Color

White to pink

Special Characteristics

Attractas Birds and butterflies, Cut Flower and Easy-to-grow

Height at Maturity

2' to 4'

Video



Annual Phlox (Phlox Drummondii)



Details

Common Name

Annual Phlox

Scientific Name

Phlox Drummondii

Type

Annual

Sub-Type

Groundcover

Sun

Full Sun

Water

Moderate moisture

Hardiness Zones

2 to 11

Soil pH

4.5 to 7

Flower Color

Pink, rose-red

Special Characteristics

Attracts birds and butterflies, deer resistant, fragrant

Height at Maturity

6" to 12"

Video



Blanket flower (Gaillardia pulchella)



Details

Common Name

Blanket flower

Scientific Name

Gaillardia pulchella

Type

Annual

Sub-Type

Groundcover

Sun

Full Sun

Water

Needs moderate moisture

Hardiness Zones

3 to 9

Soil pH

6.8 to 7.2

Flower Color

Orange, Red

Special Characteristics

Cut Flowers, Good for Containers, Easy-to-grow

Height at Maturity

24" to 48"

Video



Blue floss (Ageratum houstonianum)



Details

Common Name

Blue Floss

Scientific Name

Ageratum houstonianum

Type

Annual

Sub-Type

Groundcover

Sun

Full sun, Partial Shade

Water

Medium Moisture

Hardiness Zones

2 to 22

Soil pH

4.5 to 7.5

Flower Color

Blue, Pink, White

Special Characteristics

Deer resistant, Attracts Birds and Butterflies, easy-to-grow, Container

Height at Maturity

24" to 48"

Video



Blue Marguerite (Felicea amelloides)



Details

Common Name

Blue Marguerite

Scientific Name

Felicea amelloides

Type

Annual

Sub-Type

Sun

Likes sun

Water

Hardiness Zones

9 through 11

Soil pH

Neutral

Flower Color

Blue

Special Characteristics

Fragrant, Good for cut flowers,

Height at Maturity

180 mm

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.

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