Annual flowers need to be replanted every year because they don't grow back naturally on their own. While this may initially seem like a disadvantage, annual flowers actually have many benefits. In addition to being able to change the variety of plants in your garden each year, you won't have to worry about excessive overcrowding in your garden. The most popular annual flowers for all types of gardens are listed below.
Many gardeners love imapatiens because they're able to thrive in shady environments. They're shorter flowers with plenty of leafy foliage and lots of bright, soft blooms. Available in colors such as red, white, pink and orange, impatiens grow best when planted in well-drained, amended soil. Because they can grow to be long and leggy, it's best to pinch back impatiens to encourage fuller, bushier growth.
With bright yellow, bronze or orange blooms that look like fluffy pincushions, Marigolds are wonderful additions to gardens that receive lots of bright sunlight and warmth. Many gardeners plant them along the perimeter of their vegetable gardens to discourage pests and insects — most bugs don't like the powerful scent of marigolds. Once planted, marigolds prefer to be watered infrequently and can survive short periods of drought. To encourage new growth and flowering, pinch off spent blooms.
Though pansies will tolerate some shade, they'll produce many more blooms if they receive at least five hours of sunlight per day. Also known as violas, these flowers are usually available in purple and white colors, and do best in cooler weather. In northern regions, they can be seen blooming during the spring. In southern areas, they're more common in late fall. For best results, pansies should be planted in well-drained, nutrient rich soil. Once planted, it's appropriate to fertilize pansies once a month for improved growth and blooming.