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ANNUALS AND INSTANT COLOUR

A flowering garden is nothing more than a delight to the senses, and an annual garden is the answer for sheer colour.

Flowering annuals come in all sorts of types, heights, colours and uses but the most special and rewarding flower garden comes from the mass of colour they deliver.

Annuals need replacing in spring/summer and in autumn/winter so there is more work found in planting annuals, but a true green thumb enjoys the challenge and even changes things up from season to season by buying different plants each time. 

For best results in achieving an impact of colour, they should be planted in borders or masses, although flowering annuals look just as good in pots and containers!

Recommended Plants and Planting for annuals

Whilst the range of annuals available is quite large, the following list covers the most popular and best performers. The planting and flowering times stated below may vary with variety and from season to season. 

Autumn Planting

Planting Time

Flowering Period

Alyssum

March - April

Aug-Oct

Calendula

March - May

June - Oct

Lobelia

March - May

May - Sept

Nemesia

March - May

April - Sept

Pansy

March - May

May - Oct

Polyanthus

April - July

June - Oct

Poppy

March - April

Aug - Oct

Primula

March - May

May - Sept

Stock

March - May

June - Sept

Sweet Pea (early flowering)

April

Oct - Nov

Viola

March - May

June - Oct




Spring Planting

Planting Time

Flowering Time

Alyssum

Sept- Dec

Oct - April

Cosmos

Oct - Dec

Dec- April

Dahlia

Oct - Dec

Dec - April

Impatiens (Bizzy Lizzies)

Oct Dec

Dec - April

Livingstone Daisy

Oct - Jan

Dec - April

Lobelia

Aug - Dec

Oct - April

Marigold

Sept - Dec

Nov - April

Petunia

Oct - Jan

Dec April

Phlox

Sept - Dec

Nov - Mar

Portulacca

Oct - Jan

Dec - April

Sweet Pea

Sept - Nov

Dec - Feb

Zinnia

Nov - Jan

Dec - Mar

Click here to see our How to Guide on Annuals