Annuals have certainly come a long way since the humble red geraniums and simple zinnias of the past. These days, nurseries are overflowing with mounds of colorful and exotic flowers of every size and shape.
So whether you’re looking to create a lavish window box, add a little curb appeal to your front walk, or just fill in a few gaps between your shrubs and perennials, an infusion of annuals may be just what your garden needs to get it from now to wow!
Technically, “annuals” are plants which complete their life cycles (grow, flower, set seed, and die) within one year or growing season. They include flowers, vegetables, herbs, ground covers, and vines. Plants labeled “tender perennials” are best treated as annuals in our hardiness zone, as they will likely not survive our winters and, therefore, will not return the next year as true perennials will.