Annual Plants Add Constant Color To Your Backyard Garden

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I daydream of a lush, plant-filled garden that produces enormous amounts of beautiful flowers that bloom continuously from early Springtime to Autumn’s end. I imagine myself with basket and pruning shears in hand, surveying the bountiful garden. I search for scented herbs with their wonderful aromas, flowering plants displaying cheerful blossoms, colorful, attractive and interesting foliage plants. I envision an abundance of growing treasure to select from, and snip off dozens and dozens to bring inside to arrange in a beautiful bouquet, or two, or three!

Ah, but I daydream . . . or do I? While some plant varieties may not bloom their entire life cycle, it is possible to attain constant color in your backyard garden by including annual plants into your landscape and garden design.

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Annuals . . . What Are They?

What exactly is an annual plant ? An annual plant is a plant that will germinate, grow, flower, and then die in a single year or a single season. You may be familiar with popular flowering varieties of plants such as Geraniums, Impatiens, Marigolds, Petunia and Zinnia. Examples of annual herbs are Basil, Dill, French Tarragon and Lemon Balm. Coleus, Dusty Miller, Ipomoea (Sweet Potato Vine) and Strobilanthes (Persian Shield) are colorful samplings of annuals featuring interesting foliage displays.

A baby Praying Mantis on a vibrantly colored Zinnia.
A baby Praying Mantis on a vibrantly colored Zinnia. | Source

Dahlia

Cheerful Petunia spilling over the edge.
Cheerful Petunia spilling over the edge. | Source

Although an investment in cultivating annual varieties of plants is one that does not endure from year-to-year, the dividend is apparent in their easy affordability. They succeed in providing their lucrative payoff with instant color to the selected growing location in your backyard garden.

To further protect your investment, I recommend applying a layer of mulch to your garden and landscape plantings.  Mulching your landscape and garden has many time and labor saving benefits.

Calibrachoa (Mini Petunia) are a spunky addition to your backyard garden.
Calibrachoa (Mini Petunia) are a spunky addition to your backyard garden. | Source
White Bacopa, Raspberry Verbena and Peach Calibrachoa Petunia
White Bacopa, Raspberry Verbena and Peach Calibrachoa Petunia | Source

Annuals are the perfect solution to provide continuous color to an area of the garden that is not producing any at the time. While slower growing neighboring plants are still maturing to their blooming period, annual plants can fit in and fill that bloomless void.

Close-up of a Double Impatiens flowering rosette.
Close-up of a Double Impatiens flowering rosette. | Source

With the addition of annuals in your landscape, it is possible to always have something colorful blooming there for you to enjoy. The choices are almost endless. They can be planted in just about any area that your garden dictates . . .a full sun location, part sun/part shade spot to full and dense shade. There are beautiful annual plant options for whatever your specific needs may be.

Gypsophilla ~ Baby's Breath

Deep purple Ipomoea (Sweet Potato Vine).
Deep purple Ipomoea (Sweet Potato Vine). | Source

Here is a listing of some of my all-time favorite annuals that provide me with constant color . . . and delight! Consider adding these awesome annuals to your backyard garden.

Ageratum

Centaurea (Bachelor’s Button)

Basil

Begonia

Calibrachoa (Mini Petunia)

Celosia

Coleus

Cosmos

Dill

Dusty Miller

French Tarragon

Fuchsia

Geranium

Gomphrena

Impatiens (Single & Double)

Ipomoea (Sweet Potato Vine)

Lemon Balm

Lobelia

Marigold

New Guinea Impatiens

Oxallis (Shamrock)

Portulaca

Pansy

Pentas

Petunia

Salvia

Snapdragon

Strobilanthes

Verbena

Zinnia

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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi NottoTall, ah yes - the gardeners dream, constant colour in the garden all year round, very difficult to achieve, that too is my dream:-) These annual plants are all beautiful, I love the Zinnia. Thanks for sharing a great hub.


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NotTooTall 5 years ago from The Land of Pleasant Living Author

Hi Movie Master,

Thank you! The Zinnia variety is 'State Fair' and they were grow from seed this Spring. I wanted a Zinnia suitable for cutting, and they have not disappointed.

My remedy for an enduring garden it to leave certain plants and grasses unpruned at fall harvest so as to have 'winter interest' in the garden. The snow looks pretty when it clings on to them. Even though they are not actively growing, they can still provide beauty. (Plus ~ I don't have to rush to get the entire garden trimmed down)

N T T

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