As you might guess, annual plants and flowers live for just one year. This group also includes vegetable plants. In fact an annual goes through its entire life cycle from seed to flower in just one growing season. All parts of the plant – stems, leaves, roots – die at the end of the growing season.


First step: plant your annuals in loose soil that drains well. Their home could be a flower bed, window box, or most any kind of gardening container. The types of plants you select will have specific shade-sun requirements and soil-condition needs. And, as with any plant or vegetable, you’ll need to water, fertilize, weed, and mulch with regularity.

10 Popular Annuals

  • Marigold
  • Begonia
  • Sunflower
  • Sweet Potato Vine
  • Zinnia
  • Impatients
  • Coleus
  • Dusty Miller
  • Daisy
  • Fountain Grass
  • Annuals can also be herbs, such as cilantro, basil, kale, dill, many others.