Extraordinary Annuals

What Works in Flowering Annuals?
Annual flowers (flowers that live for one season) supply the lion’s share of color in the garden. These are easy to care for, all-season bloomers that perform well in our climate. Some are old friends but most are new releases (improved plant habit, form or colors)  of popular favorites. Flowers are categorized as thrillers (upright habit ), spillers (cascading habit) or fillers (mounded habit).


Angelonia Angelface Blue

Angelonia Angelface Blue

Vibrant purple flower spikes that bloom all season. Heat and humidity tolerant, deer resistant and low maintenance. Excellent in pots or in flower beds. 18-24 inches. An upright thriller. 

Superbells Lemon Slice

Calibrachoa or Superbells ‘Lemon Slice’

Alternating slices of white and lemon yellow in a pinwheel pattern is striking and unique. Blooms all summer but must have good drainage. Best in pots where water can me controlled, superbells do not like wet feet. 6-10 inches tall. Spiller plant.

Superbells Holy Moly

Calibrachoa or Superbells ‘Holy Moly’

Abundant, small petunia-like flowers all season on cascading growth, low maintenance. Cherry red and yellow bi-color flowers bloom nonstop all summer. An occasional shearing results in best flower performance. Superbells hate wet feet so unless your beds are well drained, they usually perform best in pots. A spiller plant.


Cuphea ‘Vermillion’ or Firecracker Plant

Abundant yellow orange flowers all season. Loves the heat and drought tolerant. Hummingbirds love these tubular flowers. 12-18 inches and a filler plant.

 Blue Felicia Daisy

Felicia or Blue Felicia Daisy

Heat tolerant and sun loving. Cheerful with blue daisies with yellow centers all season. 10-12 inches. An upright filler.

Gerbera Hello Pumpkin

Gerber Daisy Hello! Pumpkin

Hello! Gerberas have proven to be more vigorous and produce more flowers than average, and they keep right on blooming all summer along with other flowering annuals in the landscape Though their flowers are a bit smaller than typical gerberas, measuring about 4” across, more are produced over a longer period. The more you cut for your fresh bouquets, the more new flowers are produced..12-20 inches and a thriller plant.

Geranium Calliope Dark Red

Geranium ‘Calliope Dark Red’

An improved double- flower geranium that is heat loving and drought tolerant. Calliope has a vigorous, mounding to semi-trailing plant habit. Full sun or part shade. Great for hanging baskets, patio planters or beds. Grows 10-12″ tall. Filler.


Hypoestes or Polka Dot Plant ‘Hippo Rose’

Deep pink and green colorful foliage, heat tolerant and adaptable as a houseplant. Upright habit, 16-20 inches tall and a interesting filler plant.

 Intensia Blueberry Phlox Intensia Blueberry Phlox

Heat tolerant and mildew tolerant. Blooms from planting until frost providing late season interest. Great in landscapes with good drainage and in containers of all types. Mounded plant habit, 10-16 inches a good filler plant. A real butterfly magnet!

Supertunia Honey

Supertunia ‘Honey

A new color in supertunias. Fall-toned blooms of yellow and orange with pink highlights. A more upright habit than most supertunias so it can be grown in a pot or in landscape beds. Great heat and humidity tolerance. 8-10 inches and  a filler/spiller plant.

Supertunia Daybreak Charm

Supertunia ‘Daybreak Charm’

Vibrant watermelon pink flowers with cheerful yellow centers on a densely branched plant. Starts blooming early and continues all summer. Great in containers or landscape beds. 10-14 inches tall. Filler/spiller plant.


Supertunia ‘Charm Violet Star’

A great plant that will both mound (filler) and spill (spiller) over the edge of pots. Especially bred for landscape beds because of their vigorous growth habit. A good substitute for million beds in pots are sites without excellent drainage; they tolerate cool wet conditions. Filler/spiller plant.

Verbena Scarlet Star


Large scarlet and white flowers throughout the season. Excellent in combinations. Heat tolerant. Mounded plant habit. While naturally well branched, trimming back will encourage additional branching, fuller plants, and ultimately more flowers. 4-8 inches and a filler plant.

 Zinnia Sweet Tooth Licorice

 Zinnia Sweet Tooth Licorice

Abundant huge flowers on a compact plant. Heat and drought tolerant. makes a swell cut flower. Fine for both containers or in the landscape. An upright habit,  12-14 inches and a filler plant.

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