15 Easy Annuals

Sowing these colorful annuals is a breeze. Just plant and enjoy.
From: DK Books - Learn to Garden

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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Sweet Pea

The sweet pea offers a wide range of flowering annuals, most are climbers and many are highly scented. Flowers in almost every color except yellow.

China Aster

For the China aster, sow during spring for feathery pink, crimson, or white flowers from late summer until late fall.

Opium Poppy

Poppies come in pink, red, mauve, or even white flowers. They form seedheads that can be either cut for dried arrangements or left to self-seed.

Sunflower

'Triomphe de Gand' is a mid-sized sunflower with golden-yellow flowers up to 5 inches in diameter.

Love in a Mist

Good as long-lasting cut flowers, the seed capsules of love-in-a-mist can be dried for flower arrangements.

California Poppy

The fragile California poppy opens fully only in sun and varies in color from yellow, orange, and gold to red, pink and white.

Hare’s Tail

The hare's tail is a compact, annual grass with pale green leaves and fluffy, hairy seedheads. Sow in groups of drifts in spring.

Pot Marigold

The daisylike flowers of the pot marigold range in color from bright yellow and orange to cream and apricot. It will continue flowering until the first fall frost.

Nasturtium

With nasturtium, some climb while others scramble. All grow vigorously and produce masses of red, orange, or yellow flowers.

Pink Cosmos

Cosmos flowers well into late summer. Sow in late spring to fill gaps in a border left by early-flowering plants.

Tobacco Blooms

The tobacco plant produces bright, lime-green flowers which have a wonderful evening and nighttime fragrance.

Glorious Morning Glory

Common morning glory is a climbing annual with trumpet-shaped flowers that may be blue-purple, magenta, pink or white.

Bachelor's Button

Centaurea cyanus, cornflower or Bachelor's button, is a tiny early summer annual with thistle-like blooms that attract butterflies. Direct sow seeds in early spring or in fall for mild winter areas.

Cleome

Cleome, fittingly known as spider flower, produces bright clusters of long flowers on sturdy, tall stems. Spider flower self-seeds, so don't be surprised if you see if pop up in your garden year after year. 

Larkspur

Larkspur is delphinium's annual cousin, producing tall spikes of blue, pink, white and purple flowers spring through summer. Sow seeds as soon as chance of frost has passed to maximize the show — these beauties perish under the late summer heat.