Annuals and Biennials

Annuals and biennials are dependable and easy to grow. Impatiens, marigolds, petunias, geraniums and many other colorful flowers add season long bloom to any garden.


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Florida Annuals:
Ageratum
Alyssum, Sweet
Amaranth, Globe
Amethyst Flower
Baby's Breath
Begonia
Bells of Ireland
Candytuft
Carnation
Chrysanthemum
Cocscomb
Coleus
Cornflower
Cosmos
Dahlia
Daisy, African
Daisy, Shasta
Daisy, Tohoka
Forget-Me-Not
Four O'Clocks
Gaillardia
Gayfeather
Geranium
Gerber Daisy
Gladiolus
Godetia
Hollyhock
Impatiens
Larkspur
Lobelia
Marigold
Molten Fire
Morning Glory
Moss Rose
Nasturtium
Nemesia
Pansy
Pea, Sweet
Periwinkle
Petunia
Phlox
Poppy, California
Sage
Snapdragon
Spider Flower
Statice
Stock
Straw Flower
Tobacco, Jasmine
Verbena
Wishbone Flower
Zinnia

















Annuals and Biennials


Annuals are any plant that completes its life cycle in one year. It germinates, grows leaves, blooms, produces seed and then dies, All in one growing season. Cosmos and marigold are perfect examples of true annuals. Biennials, such as foxgloves complete the same cycle, but or a two-year period of time. They typically produce only leaves the first year and wait until the second year to flower, seed and die.

While the above definitions may be helpful, plants don't always fit nice and neatly into these catagories. For instance, Impatiens are considered an annual, but they are actually perennials. In most areas they are killed off by frost at the end of the season. This is why Impatiens usually come back in some parts of Florida. Some biennials such as For Get Me Nots will grow, bloom and set seed in just one year if you start them indoors in late winter. Most biennials produce many seedlings and they may bloom in your garden for many years, much like perennials.

An annual flower garden demands more attention and care than a shrub landscape. The many rewards are worth the additional efforts spent.


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