For many gardeners, annuals are a go-to solution for many garden needs. Annual flowers are a quick way to fill empty spots in flowerbeds, and early-blooming spring annuals make great additions to container gardens. A mix of annual plants can offer a colorful solution for windowbox plantings. However, for any garden, there are dozens of annuals that might work for particular sun/shade situations, soil conditions, and color/plant preferences. The Plant Encyclopedia is a sortable plant database that helps you narrow down the best annuals for your growing conditions, as well as the annual flowers that offer the color and growing habit you prefer. In addition, detailed information on how to plant and grow annuals as well as color, foliage and texture combos will help you create your most beautiful flower groupings yet. View a list of annuals by common name or scientific name below.
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This annual will flower for several weeks in summer and fall.
Spider Flower
These tall annuals don't need staking and will bloom all summer.
Some gardeners think it smells like vanilla, others claim it smells like baby powder, grapes, or cherry pie.
This unique flower unfurls in the evening and stays open until the sun rises.
This shrubby climber is related to potatoes.

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Mexican Sunflower
This pretty annual is a butterfly magnet.
It's even edible, boasting a peppery flavor.
Coleus, sun-loving with edged leaf

Sun-loving coleus with contrasting-edge leaf margins are easy-to-grow annual foliage plants. The distinctive patterns formed by the leaf margins make these plants stand out in the garden. You can plant them in container gardens or landscape beds where plants will combine with flowering annuals and perennials to brighten the display.