Amazing New Annuals for 2016

We've scoured the latest introductions and newest releases for the best, most colorful annuals for your garden in 2016.

Hibiscus Hollywood series

Are you looking for a quick and easy way to brighten your patio or deck? Check out the tropical panache of Hollywood hibiscus, which features nine arrestingly beautiful varieties. The Hollywood series offers up plenty of unique personalities in tropical shades of yellow, red, pink, and orange -- all with large, ruffled blooms that last for several days. Hardy in Zones 9 and above. 'Best Friend' pictured.

Plant NameHibiscus Hollywood series

Growing Conditions: full sun

Size: 5 feet tall and wide

Grow it with: agaves and palms

Image: J. Berry Nursery

Lantana 'Luscious Pinkberry Blend'

'Luscious Pinkberry Blend' will vigorously grow into a starring role in your container garden in 2016. Mounds of trailing stems produce tons of yellow, pink, and cream flowers that attract butterflies and bees. Like most lantanas, this new variety loves it hot and dry, toughing it out when summers get long. Lantanas grow into perennial shrubs in Zones 9-11.

Plant NameLantana camara 'Luscious Pinkberry Blend'

Growing Conditions: full sun

Size: 24 inches tall and 36 inches wide

Grow it with: bananas and cordyline

Image: Proven Winners

Dianthus Jolt series

The Jolt series of dianthus is a highly durable, long-lasting approach to these favorite cottage-garden annuals. Two varieties, 'Cherry' and 'Pink', round out both ends of the pink spectrum, perfect for planting together or for separate color statements in containers or the open garden. These plants have few disease or pest issues and won't reseed.

Plant NameDianthus Jolt series

Growing Conditions: full sun

Size: 16 inches tall and 12 inches wide

Grow it with: alternanthera and angelonia

Image: Ball Horticultural

Verbena 'Lanai Blue Eyes'

The latest color in this award-winning series of verbenas gives gardeners a cool, refreshing spiller for dynamic container gardens. 'Lanai Blue Eyes' flowers earlier than other verbenas, extending its bloom season into late spring. Its strong growth habits and resistance to powdery mildew carry it through the hottest summer months without flagging or fading.

Plant NameVerbena x hybrida 'Lanai Blue Eyes'

Growing Conditions: full sun

Size: 10 inches tall and 20 inches wide

Grow it with: alternanthera and angelonia

Image: Syngenta

Gomphrena Budacious series

What's not to love about the playful spheres of globe amaranth flowers? The Budacious series brings radiant colors to the scene in three new varieties: 'Outrageous Orange', 'Prismatic Purple', and 'Radiant Red'. Heat- and drought-tolerant, these hot annuals look great in bold masses or tucked in with annuals and even roses for a fresh spin on classic planting schemes. Any of the Budacious varieties look smashing as cut flowers, too.

Plant NameGomphrena Budacious series

Growing Conditions: full sun

Size: 30 inches tall and 10 inches wide

Grow it with: coreopsis and roses

Image: Hort Couture

Begonia 'Little Lava'

This brand-new begonia might be little, but it packs a big punch. Feisty orange flowers cover trailing, spilling branches for months during the summer, thriving through heat and humidity when other begonias melt. Mix in 'Little Lava' with herbs like basil and oregano for a versatile, edible-ornamental combination container right outside the patio door.

Plant NameBegonia 'Little Lava'

Growing Conditions: full sun to part shade

Size: 9 inches tall and 15 inches wide

Grow it with: coleus and creeping jenny

Image: Hort Couture

Petunia 'Easy Wave Yellow'

The popular Wave series has a new color this year. 'Easy Wave Yellow' maximizes the versatility of the Wave series of spreading, mounding, low-growing petunias with a continual supply of clear lemon flowers. There's nothing understated about its vigor or performance for months during summer.

Plant NamePetunia 'Easy Wave Yellow'

Growing Conditions: full sun

Size: 12 inches tall and 36 inches wide

Grow it with: Wave petunias and pennisetum

Image: Ball Horticultural

Trifolium Limerick series

Did you ever think you'd plant clover? Believe it or not, this new series sports alluring, patterned leaves perfect for containers or the edge of the garden path. No matter where they are planted, these new-age groundcovers deliver jolts of shamrock interest from spring through fall. Three varieties are worth your time: 'Estelle' (pictured), 'Isabella', and 'Jessica'.

Plant Name:Trifolium Limerick series

Growing Conditions: full sun

Size: 8 inches tall and wide

Grow it with: campanula and ornamental oregano

Image: Ball Horticultural

Coleus 'Campfire'

'Campfire' is one big coleus. At almost 3 feet tall, it's perfect for adding bold strokes of color to the garden and combines well with summer-flowering perennials and small shrubs. Its vibrant, rust-orange leaves set off nearby flowers with a dynamic backdrop. You'll turn heads with all the dynamo combinations you can plant with this vigorous new coleus.

Plant NameSolenostemon 'Campfire'

Growing Conditions: full sun and shade

Size: 36 inches tall and 24 inches wide

Grow it with: argyranthemum and salvia

Image: Ball Horticultural

Basil 'Dolce Fresca'

Now you can grow your own basil and enjoy it as a leafy companion to other annuals on your deck or patio. 'Dolce Fresca' maintains an attractive, compact shape throughout the season without getting leggy like other basils. It is a Genovese-type with sweet flavor and has a wide range of culinary applications, quickly recovering from each harvest with a fresh new crop of tender leaves in just a few weeks.

Plant NameOcimum basilicum 'Dolce Fresca'

Growing Conditions: full sun

Size: 18 inches tall and wide

Grow it with: tomatoes and cilantro

Image: Proven Winners

Celosia 'Intenz Dark Purple'

'Intenz Dark Purple' maximizes color in these heat-tolerant, summer-blooming annuals. Magenta flower spikes provide a bold color punch in containers or dramatic landscape plantings. Flowering even continues into fall, when 'Intenz Dark Purple' makes a surprisingly chic companion to chrysanthemums and asters.

Plant NameCelosia argentea 'Intenz Dark Purple'

Growing Conditions: full sun

Size: 18 inches tall and 12 inches wide

Grow it with: sweet potato vine and euphorbia

Image: Ball Horticultural

Bidens 'Beedance Painted Red'

'Beedance Painted Red' is a head-turning, high-impact new cultivar of these tough, dependable annuals. Heat-loving and drought-tolerant, 'Beedance Painted Red' attracts bees and other pollinators all summer with its bicolor red-and-yellow blooms. With excellent, low mounding habit, it pairs well with other bedding plants or takes the lead as a solo act in patio containers.

Plant NameBidens 'Beedance Painted Red'

Growing Conditions: full sun

Size: 12 inches tall and 36 inches wide

Grow it with: brachyscome and chrysocephalum

Image: Suntory

Bidens 'Beedance Red Stripe'

'Beedance Red Stripe' has generated a lot of buzz for its pollinator-friendly flowers that bloom all summer. Its well-mannered growth habits ensure steady performance in heat, humidity, and even drought. There's no need to deadhead these bicolor blooms once they fade. 'Beedance Red Stripe' flowers vigorously without need for extra water or fertilizer.

Plant NameBidens 'Beedance Red Stripe'

Growing Conditions: full sun

Size: 12 inches tall and 36 inches wide

Grow it with: bronze sedge and heliopsis

Image: Suntory

Canna 'Cannova Lemon'

'Cannova Lemon' is the latest in a line of seed-grown cannas with vigorous growth and abundant, showy flowers. Pale, lemony blooms bring a note of tropical flair to containers and landscapes, flowering for several months right up until frost. Give these a shot of organic fertilizer once a month for even more blooms.

Plant NameCanna 'Cannova Lemon'

Growing Conditions: full sun

Size: 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide

Grow it with: sweet potato vine and acorus

Image: Ball Horticultural

Coleus 'Gaga'

You can't ignore 'Gaga', one of the newest varieties in the Globetrotters series of coleus from Terra Nova. Sassy, multicolor leaves sport a bright pink flash bordered in green and cream. 'Gaga' works well as an accessory to shade garden perennials, staying tight, upright, and compact throughout the growing season.

Plant NameSolenostemon 'Gaga'

Growing Conditions: part shade to full shade

Size: 18 inches tall and 15 inches wide

Grow it with: heucheras and ferns

Image: Terra Nova Nurseries

Coleus 'Under the Sea Copper Coral'

You'll love the latest addition to the popular Under the Sea series coleus from Hort Couture. With crusty, frilly-edged leaves that look like coral reefs, 'Under the Sea Copper' jazzes up any container garden with intriguing color and texture. It also makes a great color pop in the shade garden alongside hostas and ferns.

Plant NameSolenostemon 'Under the Sea Copper Coral'

Growing Conditions: full sun to part shade

Size: 30 inches tall and 18 inches wide

Grow it with: astelia and celosia

Image: Hort Couture

Cordyline 'Electric Flash'

If you're looking for a new thriller in container combinations, try out 'Electric Flash' cordyline. Exotic, grassy leaves have all the texture you need, plus richly colored stripes of chocolate, green, and gold. 'Electric Flash' likes it on the dry side, making it a smart choice for water-wise landscapes that still need a punch of annual color. In Zones 9 and above, you can grow this as a perennial.

Plant NameCordyline 'Electric Flash'

Growing Conditions: full sun

Size: 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide

Grow it with: gomphrena and dusty miller

Image: GreenFuse Botanicals

Gomphrena 'Cosmic Flare'

Bright pink orbs float over flashy yellow leaves, making 'Cosmic Flare' a one-of-a-kind gomphrena. Fashionable in containers or tucked among perennials, 'Cosmic Flare' looks great against silvers, bronzes, and darker shades of green. With abundant flowers and bright leaves all summer, this exciting new annual packs a punch of color and personality.

Plant NameGomphrena globosa 'Cosmic Flare'

Growing Conditions: full sun

Size: 24 inches tall and wide

Grow it with: helichrysum and fennel

Image: Plants Nouveau

Hibiscus 'Little Zin'

You'll crave the burgundy foliage of 'Little Zin' hibiscus in dramatic combinations. Eye-catching and heat-tolerant, 'Little Zin' packs the same textural punch as other hibiscus but on a scale much better for small gardens. It's a versatile annual with tropical appeal both in large containers or mixed in with other annuals and perennials.

Plant NameHibiscus acetosella 'Little Zin'

Growing Conditions: full sun

Size: 2 feet tall and wide

Grow it with: gomphrena and salvia

Image: Ball Horticultural

Lobelia 'Trailing Sky Blue'

This new lobelia will knock your socks off with its heat tolerance. 'Trailing Sky Blue' has the perfect habit for hanging baskets, spilling over the sides in shades of dazzling azure blue. Dense, compact plants deliver blooms through heat and humidity without stopping.

Plant NameLobelia 'Trailing Sky Blue'

Growing Conditions: full sun to part shade

Size: 8 inches tall and 20 inches wide

Grow it with: coleus and pelargonium

Image: Suntory

Nemesia 'Blueberry Ala Mode'

If you're tired of pansies, replace them with cool-weather nemesias like the brand-new 'Blueberry Ala Mode'. With beautiful, fragrant clusters of blue and cream flowers, it's the perfect spring bling for containers and hanging baskets. Unlike other nemesias, this series flowers on upright stems instead of sprawling around, creating more opportunities for combining them with other annuals.

Plant NameNemesia 'Blueberry Ala Mode'

Growing Conditions: full sun to part shade

Size: 18 inches tall and 12 inches wide

Grow it with: lewisias and erysimums

Image: Hort Couture

Nemesia 'Sunsatia Blood Orange'

New breeding from Germany has resulted in the Sunsatia series with unique colors like 'Blood Orange'. Glowing and changing from flower to flower, these shades of earthy orange look unexpected in spring and early-summer plantings. Nemesia are cool-season annuals and chic replacements for pansies with no need for deadheading.

Plant NameNemesia 'Sunsatia Blood Orange'

Growing Conditions: full sun to part shade

Size: 14 inches tall and 12 inches wide

Grow it with: lewisias and erysimums

Image: Proven Winners

Pericallis 'Senetti Sparkle Lavender'

Don't let the dainty appearance of this reblooming pericallis variety fool you -- it's one tough plant. 'Senetti Sparkle Lavender' is a new heat-tolerant variety that showcases fashionable, frilly lavender flowers that bloom longer than old-fashioned varieties. It also makes a great houseplant for the sunroom.

Plant NamePericallis 'Senetti Sparkle Lavender'

Growing Conditions: part shade

Size: 20 inches tall and wide

Grow it with: streptocarpus and ferns

Image: Suntory

Petunia 'Flamenco Stripe'

'Flamenco Stripe' is the latest in a series of extremely dense, double-flowering petunias. With a striking flash of purple throughout each white flower, 'Flamenco Stripe' offers loads of eye-catching blooms in containers or hanging baskets without need for companion plants. With such a tidy habit, it's probably one of the least-messy petunias you'll ever grow.

Plant NamePetunia 'Flamenco Stripe'

Growing Conditions: full sun

Size: 12 inches tall and 36 inches wide

Grow it with: brachyscome and coleus

Image: HGTV Home Collection

Petunia 'Supertunia Pink Star Charm'

'Supertunia Pink Star Charm' excels as both a container and landscape plant thanks to prolific mounds of flowers from spring through fall, hitting stride in late summer. Cheerful, medium-size flowers feature a white and cameo pink star.

Plant NamePetunia 'Supertunia Pink Star Charm'

Growing Conditions: part sun to full sun

Size: 12 inches tall and 36 inches wide

Grow it with: sedges and alternantheras

Image: Proven Winners

Salvia 'Black and Bloom'

'Black and Bloom' is a new and improved version of the familiar 'Black and Blue'. Boasting thicker leaves, bigger blooms, and darker stems, 'Black and Bloom' is just as tough, excelling in the heat and humidity of summer. Given its size, it looks best planted alongside perennials as a colorful companion with all-season interest.

Plant NameSalvia guaranitica 'Black and Bloom'

Growing Conditions: full sun

Size: 4 feet tall and wide

Grow it with: roses and phlox

Image: Ball Horticultural

Asclepias 'Monarch Promise'

Butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees will flock to 'Monarch Promise', a stunning new milkweed from Hort Couture. Splashy variegation in green, white, and pink lines each narrow leaf and complements orange and red flowers all summer long. This color-forward plant is great for containers but also for adding pollinator-friendly plants to your existing garden beds.

Plant NameAsclepias curassavica 'Monarch Promise'

Growing Conditions: full sun to part shade

Size: 24 inches tall and 15 inches wide

Grow it with: coleus and lantana

Image: Hort Couture

Salvia 'Summer Jewel White'

While most Texas sages come in red, 'Summer Jewel White' cools the eyes with crisp, clean flowers on dwarf plants. Plus, it starts flowering sooner than other sages, giving pollinators another option for pollen and nectar in your garden. 'Summer Jewel White' is equally effective as a container specimen or mingled in the garden with other annuals.

Plant NameSalvia coccinea 'Summer Jewel White'

Growing Conditions: full sun

Size: 24 inches tall and 12 inches wide

Grow it with: celosia and talinum

Image: American Takii

Coleus 'Jillian'

From Terra Nova's new Hipster series, 'Jillian' packs the most punch for leaf color. Searing lime-gold foliage with a bright red strip covers the neat and tidy frame of this extra-dwarf coleus. When so many other coleus get too big and leggy, 'Jillian' stays compact, making it the perfect container plant in combination or all by itself. It's even a great houseplant.

Plant NameSolenostemon 'Jillian'

Growing Conditions: part shade to full shade

Size: 9 inches tall and 15 inches wide

Grow it with: begonias and ferns

Image: Terra Nova Nurseries

Angelonia 'Serenita Sky Blue'

If you're looking for short, compact summer snapdragons for your garden, 'Serenita Sky Blue' delivers. Bright blue flowers on easy-to-grow, mounded plants grace the garden from late spring through late summer with few pest or disease problems.

Plant NameAngelonia 'Serenita Sky Blue'

Growing Conditions: full sun

Size: 14 inches tall and wide

Grow it with: agastache and dichondra

Image: Ball Horticultural

Argyranthemum 'Dress Up Cotton Top'

White, fluffy flowers look like miniature chrysanthemums sitting on top of fern-leaf foliage in this brand-new argyranthemum from Japanese breeding. It's the perfect accent plant for container combinations in full sun and doesn't require a lot of water to stay fresh-looking.

Plant NameArgyranthemum 'Dress Up Cotton Top'

Growing Conditions: full sun

Size: 24 inches tall and 15 inches wide

Grow it with: hemizygia and calibrachoa

Image: Hort Couture

Bidens 'Campfire Fireburst'

Bidens is a vigorous, low-care groundcover with exceptional heat tolerance. 'Campfire Fireburst' lives up to that reputation and more, flowering for months in breakthrough shades of scarlet and orange without the need for deadheading. Gardeners in Zones 9 and above can grow this as a perennial. Plant in full sun for best success in containers, hanging baskets, or the landscape.

Plant NameBidens 'Campfire Fireburst'

Growing Conditions: full sun

Size: 18 inches tall and wide

Grow it with: petunias and bronze sedges

Image: Proven Winners

Cosmos 'Xanthos'

Have you dreamed of a buttery yellow cosmos? Consider your wish granted with 'Xanthos', a rock-star new introduction that will rekindle your interest in these familiar heirloom annuals. With classy color, compact habit, and strong garden performance, 'Xanthos' offers months of interest whether enjoyed in the cottage border or as a cut flower.

Plant NameCosmos bipinnatus 'Xanthos'

Growing Conditions: full sun

Size: 20 inches tall and 15 inches wide

Grow it with: roses and butterfly bushes

Image: Select Seeds

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