There are almost as many ways to display annuals as there are annuals themselves.



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.

Sun Lovers

Sun-loving annual bedding plants are useful to add vibrant splashes of color and beauty in the areas of your landscape that receive an abundance of sunshine. Gardening with sun-loving annuals gives you endless possibilities for beautifying your home and property.

Sun Loving Plants

  • Ageratum
  • Angelonia
  • Argeranthemum
  • Calibrachoa
  • Cleome
  • Cosmos
  • Dianthus
  • Dusty Miller
  • Gaura
  • Gazania
  • Lantana
  • Lobelia
  • Marigolds
  • Nemesia
  • Nicotiana
  • Osteospermum
  • Pansies
  • Petunia
  • Phlox
  • Portulaca
  • Salvia
  • Scabiosa
  • Schizanthus
  • Snapdragons
  • Sunflower
  • Torenia
  • Verbena
  • Zinnia

Shade Lovers

Every landscape has some shade. Go to the east side of your home, and you’ll find a spot for afternoon shade. Many shade-loving annuals will tolerate a good deal of morning sun as long as there is shade in the afternoon. Great choices for blooming shade plants are begonia, impatiens and lobelia.

Shade Loving Plants

  • Begonia
  • Impatiens
  • Coleus
  • Abutilon
  • Campanula
  • New Guinea Impatiens
  • Primula
  • Torenia
  • Aquilegia
  • Sweet Potato Vine
  • Scaevola
  • Bacopa

Fancy Foliage

Today’s splendid palette lets us use foliage plants as we would blossoms, creating color combinations that last all season. Easy-to-grow coleus, for instance, now comes in an unbelievable selection of colors, leaves and can really make a garden shine. Hostas have had a surge in varieties too, and are a must-have staple in the shade garden.

Container Plants & Hanging Baskets

Starting every spring, Beaver Bark creates a huge selection of hanging baskets and containers for the season. Choose a pre-made basket, or grab a container and some plants and ask an associate to put it together for you. Great for entryways, porches, patios and of course, gifting for that special someone.


If you want your plants to look like ours, you MUST FEED THEM!

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