Those plants which are classed as annuals complete their life cycle within the time span of a year. These plants are extremely useful in gardens. They are vital requirements of the garden in summer and autumn months to adore the garden. They not only adore the garden with their beautiful colors and vibrant appeal but are also useful in adding herbaceous border in garden. These plants are the life of your garden once the spring blooms are passed and perennials become quiescent in mid summer. These pants are also a good option in window boxes and porch boxes, for potted plants, for terrace gardening, for window gardening for winter bloom in the small greenhouse.
Types of Annual Flowers
The annual flowers can be divided into three basic categories- hardy,
half-hardy and tender annuals.
Hardy annuals are the annual plants which bloom in winter. They are
sowed in the fall or during the spring season. Though these flowers are
not heat tolerant and can't survive in scorching heat, they give a
pleasant look to garden in winter. Some of the hardy annual flowers are
calendula, cornflower, foxglove, larkspur, pansy, sweet alyssum, stocks,
viola, and many dianthus cultivars.
Half-hardy annuals are those plants which require damp cold weather to
flourish but can't survive cold frost. They can be sown after the last
spring frost as they need not get warm soil to germinate. Some of the
half hardy annual flowers are Baby's breath, bells of Ireland, blue
sage, candytuft, celome, forget-me-nots, love-in-a-mist,
snow-on-the-mountain, strawflower, and torenia. Some half hardy flowers
are sometimes sown in summer and end by the end of season.
Tender annuals are comfortable growing in the warm regions and can't
tolerate cold weather. If sown in a cold climate soil, there is much
probability that it will rot. Ideally you should sow it after three
weeks of the spring frost. Some of the tender annuals are ageratum,
balsam, begonia, celosia, coleus, globe amaranth, impatiens, marigold,
morning glory, nasturtium, nicotiana, petunia, scarlet sage, verbena,
vinca, and zinnia.
Common Annual Flowers