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Annuals for Specific Uses

For Beginners

  • Ageratum–Ageratum houstonianum
  • Cockscomb–Celosia spp.
  • Spider Flower–Cleome hasslerana
  • Calliopsis–Coreopsis tinctoria
  • Cosmos–Cosmos spp.
  • Sweet Alyssum–Lobularia maritima
  • Petunia–Petunia hybrids
  • Annual Phlox–Phlox drummondii
  • Moss Rose–Portulaca grandiflora
  • Marigold–Tagetes spp.
  • Nasturtium–Tropaeolum majus
  • Zinnia–Zinnia spp.

For Hanging Baskets

  • Kenilworth IvyCymbalaria muralis
  • Glory FlowerEccremocarpus scaber
  • FuchsiaFuchsia spp.
  • HeliotropeHeliotropium aborescens
  • ImpatiensImpatiens wallerana and hybrids
  • Morning GloryIpomoea spp.
  • Meadow FoamLimnanthes douglasii
  • LobeliaLobelia erinus
  • StargloryMina Lobata
  • Chilean BellflowerNolana paradoxa
  • Ivy GeraniumPelargonium peltatum
  • PetuniaPetunia X hybrida
  • Moss RosePortulaca grandiflora
  • Creeping ZinniaSanvitalia procumbens
  • Black Eyed Susan VineThunbergia alata
  • VerbenaVerbena X hyrbida

For Edging

  • AgeratumAgeratum houstonianum
  • PimpernelAnagallis monelli linifolia
  • English DaisyBellis perennis
  • Flowering KaleBrassica oleracea var. acephala
  • Ornamental PepperCapsicum annuum
  • Sweet WilliamDianthus barbatus
  • False Blue FlaxHeliophila longifolia
  • Meadow FoamLimnanthes douglasii
  • ToadflaxLinaria spp.
  • LobeliaLobelia erinus
  • Sweet AlyssumLobularia maritima
  • Yellow AgeratumLonus annua
  • Virginia StockMalcomia maritima
  • Baby Blue EyesNemophila menziesii
  • Chilean BellflowerNolana paradoxa
  • Sweet BasilOcimum basilicum
  • Creeping ZinniaSanvitalia procumbens
  • Dusty MillerSenicio cineraria
  • MarigoldTagetes spp.

For Shade

  • Climbing FumitoryAdlumina fungosa
  • WoodruffAsperula orientalis
  • Wax BegoniaBegonia x semperflorens-cultorum
  • Job's TearsCoix lacryma jobi
  • ColeusColeus hybrids
  • CollinsiaCollinsia spp.
  • FoxgloveDigitalis purpurea
  • Persian VioletExacum affine
  • FuchsiaFuchsia spp.
  • ImpatiensImpatiens wallerana and hybrids
  • Monkey FlowerMimulus hybrids
  • Forget Me NotMyosotis sylvatica
  • PrimrosePrimula spp.
  • MignonetteReseda odorata

For Full Sun or Shade

  • Wax BegoniaBegonia x semperflorens-cultorum
  • PeriwinkleCatharanthus roseus
  • Garden BalsamImpatiens balsamina
  • Sweet AlyssumLobularia maritima
  • Forget Me NotMyosotis sylvatica
  • Horned VioletViola cornuta
  • PansyViola spp.

For Poor Soil

  • Love Lies BleedingAmaranthus caudatus
  • CockscombCelosia cristata
  • CornflowerCentaurea cyanus
  • ClarkiaClarkia hybrids
  • Spider FlowerCleome hasslerana
  • CalliopsisCoreopsis tinctoria
  • Livingstone DaisyDorotheanus belledformis
  • Garden BalsamImpatiens balsamina
  • Morning GloryIpomoea spp.
  • Sweet AlyssumLobularia maritima
  • Four O'ClockMirabilis jalapa
  • PoppiesPapaver spp.
  • Beefsteak PlantPerilla frutescens
  • Moss RosePortulaca grandiflora
  • NasturtiumTropaeolum majus

For Moist and Cool Conditions

  • BuglossAnchusa capensis
  • Pot MarigoldCalendula officinalis
  • Canterbury BellsCampanula medium
  • PinkDianthus spp.
  • Globe CandytuftIberis umbellata
  • Summer CypressKochia scoparia
  • Sweet PeaLathyrus odoratus
  • Monkey FlowerMimulus spp.
  • Forget Me NotMyosotis sylvatica
  • Pouch NemisaNemesia strumosa
  • Baby Blue EyesNemophila menziesii
  • Flowering TobaccoNicotiana alata
  • Wishbone FlowerTorenia fournieri
  • Blue Lace FlowerTrachymene coreulea
  • VerbenaVerbena hybrids

For Dry and Hot Conditions

  • CockscombCelosia cristata
  • CornflowerCentaurea spp.
  • Spider FlowerCleome hasslerana
  • CalliopsisCoreopsis tinctoria
  • Cape MarigoldDimorphotheca sinuata
  • Livingstone DaisyDorotheanus belledformis
  • California PoppyEschscholzia californica
  • Snow on the MountainEuphorbia marginata
  • Baby's BreathGypsophila elegans
  • Summer CypressKochia scoparia
  • StaticeLimonium sinuatum
  • PoppiesPapaver spp.
  • Annual PhloxPhlox drummondi
  • Moss RosePortulaca grandiflora
  • Scarlet SageSalvia splendens
  • Creeping ZinniaSanvitalia procumbens
  • ZinniaZinnia spp.

For Cut Flowers

  • SnapdragonAntirrhinum majus
  • Blue Eyed African DaisyArctotis stoechadifolia
  • Bush VioletBrowallia spp.
  • Pot MarigoldCalendula officinalis
  • China AsterCallistephus chinensis
  • CornflowerCentaurea cyanus
  • ChrysanthemumChrysanthemum spp.
  • ClarkiaClarkia hybrids
  • CalliopsisCoreopsis tinctoria
  • CosmosCosmos bipinnatus
  • Blanket FlowerGallardia pulchella
  • StockMatthiola spp.
  • Flowering TobaccoNicotiana alata
  • Love in a MistNigella damascena
  • Common MignonetteReseda odorata
  • Painted TongueSalpiglossis sinuata
  • PincushionsScabiosa atropurpurea
  • MarigoldTagetes spp.
  • VerbenaVerbena X hybrida
  • PansyViola spp.
  • ZinniaZinnia spp.

Annual Hedges

  • AmaranthusAmarantus spp.
  • SnowcupAnoda cristata
  • Prickly PoppyArgemone spp.
  • Sweet WormwoodArtemisia annua
  • Spider FlowerCleome hasslerana
  • Angel's TrumpetDatura metel
  • SunflowerHelianthus annuus
  • Summer CypressKochia scoparia
  • Tree MallowLavatera trimestris
  • Castor BeanRicinus communis
  • MarigoldTagetes spp.
  • Mexican SunflowerTithonia rotundifolia

Annual Vines

  • Climbing FumitoryAdlumina fungosa
  • Balloon VineCardiospermum halicacabum
  • Cup and Saucer VineCobaea scandens
  • Ornamental GourdCurcurbita pepo hybrids
  • Hyacinth BeanDolchos lablab
  • Glory FlowerEccremocarpus scaber
  • Wild CucumberEchinocystis lobata
  • MoonflowerIpomoea alba
  • Morning GloryIpomoea spp.
  • Sweet PeaLathyrus odoratus
  • StargloryMina lobata
  • Scarlet Runner BeanPhaseolus coccineus
  • Purple Bell VineRhodochiton atrosanguineum
  • Black-Eyed Susan VineThunbergia alata
  • Canary Bird VineTropaeolum perigrinum