Annual flowers might be described as those flowers only grown one
season in the northeastern United States, since most of these
flower varieties can't survive frost or freezing temperatures. It's difficult to beat the all-summer color
that most annuals provide, whether they're planted in a flower bed,
hanging basket or flower pot.
US climates, with around 120 days of frost-free weather,
annuals are traditionally planted on Memorial Day and can be
expected to do well through the summer months and much of September. Colder
temperatures in October favor a flower display rotation to more cold
tolerant plants like sedums and chrysanthemums.
Some of the top annual flower favorites include geraniums, marigolds, petunias, and
impatiens. Other than consideration of your garden soil and sunlight
exposure, careful thought should be given to your risk for deer
browsing as well as damage from other wild animals such as rabbits. While
deer tend to leave geraniums alone, they will readily destroy a
planting of impatiens.
Prized for their flower and foliage. Begonias are versatile and will
perform well in anything from full sun to shady areas. Ruby begonias
are known for their bright pink flowers sharply contrasted by dark
These long time favorites have benefited from the ongoing work of
flower breeders, with a wide range of colors available to the avid flower
gardener. Geraniums are on the least favorite food list of deer and
will tolerate light frost. Grow them in full sun. Remove spent
flower heads for better appearance and bloom. Ivy geraniums are
excellent in hanging baskets, one of perennial favorites!
The bright cheerfulness and sturdiness of marigolds make them an
all-time favorite in flower gardens. Remove spent flower heads and
plant in full sun. Some gardeners plant them around the perimeter of
their vegetable garden to deter rodents and pests.
With the Wave™ variety of petunias, plant breeders brought new life
to another all-time favorite. Petunias are known for their hardiness
and season-long color. Best grown in full sun with room to spread or
Pink Wave™ petunias make an excellent hanging basket