February 5, 2023

If you’re looking for an inexpensive and easy way to ring the changes in your garden this coming year, growing a range of annual flowers could be the answer. Not only do these plants grow quickly from seed, but they’ll also add zing and vibrancy to your borders and containers throughout the summer.

Annuals are plants that germinate, flower and produce seeds in a year. They’re divided into hardy annuals, which will cope with cold weather, and half-hardies, which need protection from frost. Some tender perennials, plants originally from warm climates, tend to be treated as annuals and are often grouped together with true annuals in seed catalogs – these often need more heat in order to germinate and should be sown early in the year so that they have a long enough growing season to produce flowers.