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How to Grow Annual Flowers


  Annual flowers are defined as plants that live for just a single season. They are susceptible to frosts and freezes, and die off in the fall. They propagate from mature seeds from the spent flower head. The seeds  fall to the ground, and sprout the following spring.

Find information about your favorite annual flowers, by searching the alphabetical list below, and clicking on the common name for a wealth of information on how to grow it.

Common Name: Botanical Name: Prefers:
African Daisy Dimorphotheca Aurantica Full sun
Ageratum Ageratum Full sun to partial shade
Alyssum Cruciferae Full sun to partial shade
Amaranth Amaranthuus Full sun
Aster Calli'stephus Full sun to partial shade
Baby's Breath Gypsophila elegans Full sun
Bachelor's Button Centaurea cyanus Full sun to partial shade
Balsam Balsamina Full to partial sun
Begonia Begoniaceae Full sun to shade
Bells of Ireland Moluccela Laevis Full sun to partial shade
Broom Corn Zea Mays Full sun
Calendula Calendula Officinalis Full sun to partial shade
Canary Climber Tropaeolum Peregrinum Full sun to partial shade
Candytuft Iberis Sempervirens Full sun to partial shade
Cardinal Climber Annual, Ipomoea x multifida Full Sun
Cathedral Bells Cobaea Scandens Full sun to partial shade
Celosia Celosia Cristata Full sun
Cleome Cleome Hassleana, Spinosa Full su to light shade
Climbing Spinach Basella Rubra Full Sun
Cobaea Scadens Cobaea Scadens Full Sun
Cockscomb Celosia Cristata Full sun
Coleus Coleus Partial shade / shade
Cosmos Cosmos Full sun to partial shade
Cypress Vine Ipomoea Quamoclit Full sun to partial shade
Dianthus Crimsonia Full sun
Five Spot Nemophila Maculata Full sun to partial shade
Flowering Kale Brassica Oleracea Full sun
Four O'Clock Mirabilis Jalapa Full sun
Gazania Gazania, Splendens Hybrid Full sun
Geranium Pelargonium hortorum Full sun to partial shade
Godetia Clarkia Amoena Full sun
Gourds Lagenaria Full Sun
Gypsophila Gypsophila elegans Full sun
Hyacinth Bean Vine Dolichos Lablab Full Sun
Impatiens Impatiens Shade
Larkspur Consolida Orientalis Full sun to partial shade
Lobelia Lobelia Full sun to partial shade
Marigold Tagetas Ercta, Tagetas Patula Full sun to partial shade
Moonflower Ipomoea Full sun
Morning Glory Ipomoea purpurea Full sun
Moss Rose Portulaca Full sun
Nasturtium Tropaeolum Full sun
Ornamental Grass Full sun to partial shade
Pansy Wittrockiana Full sun
Petunia Paeoniaceae Full sun
Phlox Subulata Full sun
Poor Man's Weather Glass Anagallis Monellii Ful Sun to partial shade
Poppy Papa'ver Full sun to partial shade
Pumpkin on a Stick Full Sun
Salvia Salvia splendens Full sun to partial shade
Scarlet Runner Bean Phaseolus Full sun
Snapdragon Antirrhinum Majus Full sun
Statice Limonium Perezii Full sun
Stock Matthiola Incana Full sun to partial shade
Strawflower Helichrysum Bracteatum Full sun
Sunflower Helianthus Full sun
Sweet Pea Lathyrus Full sun
Sweet William Dianthus Barbatus Full sun
Texas Bluebonnet Lupinus Texensis Full sun to partial shade
Thunbergia Thunbergia Alata Full sun to partial shade
Verbena Verbena Hybrida Full sun
Vinca Vinca Full sun to shade
Zinnia Zinnia Elegans Full sun




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