What are some large, fast-growing annuals? What are some low-growing ones?

I just moved into a new house with nothing in the landscape. I'd like to plant some annuals for quick color this year. I need some low-growing ones to line the walkway, but I'd also like some that get quite large to fill up the empty spaces. Could you provide some guidance?
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Annual flowers come in all sizes and colors. You should have no difficulty finding ones to fill your landscape needs. See below for a selection of low-growing, medium-sized or tall annual flowers.

 

Common Name

Botanical Name

Low-for edging or front border (to 1 foot)
Ageratum
Annual phlox
Browallia
California poppy
Creeping zinnia
Cupflower
Edging lobelia
Fan flower
Gazania
Kingfisher daisy
Mignonette
Monkey flower
Moss rose
Narrowleaf zinnia
Pansy
Sweet alyssum
Verbena
Wax begonia
Wishbone flower

Medium-for middle border (to 3 or 4 feet)
African marigold
Annual baby's breath
Bells of Ireland
Blanket flower
Blue laceflower
Butterfly flower
Cape marigold
China aster
Cockscomb
Coleus, painted nettle
Cornflower
Flowering tobacco
French marigold
Garden balsam
Geranium, zonal geranium
Globe amaranth
Impatiens
Nasturtium
Petunia
Pincushion flower
Pot marigold
Prairie gentian
Scarlet sage
Snapdragon
Strawflower
Vinca
Yellow cosmos
Zinnia

Tall-for back border (over 3 feet)
American star thistle
Black-eyed Susan vine
Castor bean
Cosmos
Dahlia
Horn of plenty
Jasmine tobacco
Joseph's coat
Love-lies-bleeding
Mexican fireweed
Mexican sunflower
Spider flower
Sunflower


Ageratum houstonianum
Phlox drummondii
Browallia speciosa
Eschscholzia californica
Sanvitalia procumbens
Nierembergia hippomanica
Lobelia erinus
Scaevola aemula
Gazania rigens
Felicia bergeriana
Reseda odorata
Mimulus x hybridus
Portulaca grandiflora
Zinnia angustifolia
Viola x wittrockiana
Lobularia maritima
Verbena x hybrida
Begonia Semperflorens-cultorum hyb.
Torenia fournieri


Tagetes erecta
Gypsophila elegans
Moluccella laevis
Gaillardia pulchella
Trachymene coerulea
Schizanthus pinnatus
Dimorphotheca sinuata
Callistephus chinensis
Celosia argentea
Solenostemon scutellarioides
Centaurea cyanus
Nicotiana x sanderae
Tagetes patula
Impatiens balsamina
Pelargonium x hortorum
Gomphrena globosa
Impatiens walleriana
Tropaeolum majus
Petunia x hybrida
Scabiosa atropurpurea
Calendula officinalis
Eustoma grandiflorum
Salvia splendens
Antirrhinum majus
Helichrysum bracteatum
Catharanthus roseus
Cosmos sulphureus
Zinnia elegans


Centaurea americana
Thunbergia alata
Ricinus communis
Cosmos bipinnatus
Dahlia spp.
Datura metel
Nicotiana alata
Amaranthus tricolor
Amaranthus caudatus
Kochia scoparia
Tithonia rotundifolia
Cleome hassleriana
Helianthus annuus


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