For many gardeners, annuals are a go-to solution for many garden needs. Annual flowers are a quick way to fill empty spots in flowerbeds, and early-blooming spring annuals make great additions to container gardens. A mix of annual plants can also offer a colorful solution for window box plantings.
We have a large selection of annuals for all lighting needs from full-sun, partial sun to full-shade. Below is a gallery of some of the varieties you will find in our greenhouse.
The canna lily plant is a rhizomatous annual with colorful, tropical-like foliage and large, iris-like flowers. Canna lilies are low maintenance and easy to grow, and both their flowers and foliage offer long-lasting color in the garden. Flower color may be red, orange or yellow. Depending on the variety, foliage color varies from green to maroon, bronze, and variegated types.
African marigolds are sure to brighten up a garden space, thanks to their large pom-pom blooms in bright colors. Despite their common name of African marigolds, these plants are actually native to the Americas. These classic annuals are easily grown from seed and are much taller than their cousins, the French marigolds, and have some of the largest blooms of the marigold family.
Coleus come in a wide range of colors. They are super easy to grow, and come in both shade and sun loving varieties. They prefer the soil to be kept moist and take to pruning very well.
Like a tiny petunia on steroids, calibrachoa (also called Million Bells) grows and flowers at an amazing rate. These extremely vigorous plants make for colorful, cascading accents in containers or hanging baskets, along walkways, and on garden walls. A recent newcomer to the retail plant world, calibrachoa has only been around since the early 1990s. That’s not long in plant years, especially with how far the plant has come since then. What started out as a simple, single-color bloom has transformed into a whole new class of plant that people enjoy adding to their gardens year after year.
Geraniums are an excellent choice for sunny beds and borders, tucked in with other annuals and perennials. They can be planted in large groups for a burst of color from spring to fall and are also ideal for container gardening.
Ivy geraniums are a colorful choice for spilling out of hanging baskets and window boxes. Lemon-scented varieties can help to repel mosquitoes. With the right amount of sun, they can also be grown indoors as a houseplant to brighten up a room.
Faded flowers should be deadheaded regularly to boost blooming and extend the flowering season.
Sweet Potato Vine
Sweet potato vines are in the same family as edible sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas). They are bred for the beauty of their leaves rather than the growth of tubers. The vines from this plant make it look more like a morning glory or clematis than a member of the potato family. They make fabulous trailing plants in containers and hanging baskets.
Colors include the popular lime green, purple and variegated.
In almost constant bloom, annual salvia will add tons of color to your summer border or containers. Growing 12 to 24 inches tall, annual salvia is prized for its rich blue, red, or white flowers that form on stately stalks that are easy to cut for fresh bouquets. Butterflies and hummingbirds also enjoy annual salvia's nectar-rich blooms. Annual salvia is deer resistant.
Pansies perform best in cooler weather, and are therefore usually planted in spring or fall. They can also be planted in the shade during the heat of the summer.
Bold and showy, mandevilla definitely makes a dramatic statement in landscapes and container gardens. This tropical vine bears a nonstop supply of large, trumpet-shaped blooms in shades of red, pink, and white. It's also lovely in hanging baskets and is frequently used to climb up and over arbors, trellises, and mailbox posts.