Annuals are flowers that complete their entire life cycle within one year. Some flowers, like the Gerbera Daisy, Petunia and Geranium listed below are actually tender perennials that are grown as annuals in cool season gardens found in Maine. I have included them here for simplicity.
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Hummingbird are naturally attracted to red, but that isn't the only color that gets their attention. This selection of easy annuals is sure to get the attention of eager hummingbirds. Read the article..
Sunflowers are easy-to-grow flowers fitting for nearly any garden. Try planting them as a border along the back of your garden for a dramatic display in late summer and fall. Read the article ..
Nasturtiums bloom from early summer until fall and create a dazzling display of color. Choose dwarf varieties for containers or plant climbing nasturtiums next to a fence or garden wall. Read the Article ..
If you thought only florist could grow these beautiful flowers - you were mistaken. Plant Gerbera daisies as annuals in your summer garden for beautiful cut flowers to adorn the home. Read the article . .
Sweet alyssum adds a touch of romance to planters and window boxes with its billowing clouds of highly fragrant blooms. Colors range from pure white to shades of purple. Read the article ..
These easy-to-grow annuals are hard to beat when it comes to long-lasting color. Plant zinnias along walkways or clustered together in container gardens for a showy display of daisy-like blooms. Read the article ..
Summer annuals add quick color to the flowerbed and keep on blooming from spring until frost. Tuck annuals into the perennial beds to add color all summer. Read the article ..
Sweet peas are reminiscent of early American flower gardens brimming with color and fragrance. These climbers reach heights of 10 feet or more creating a wall of color that attracts both bees and butterflies. Read the article..
Morning glories climb to heights of 10 to 15 feet covering trellises and fences with abundant blooms. Colors range from heavenly blue to deep rose and crimson with many shades of pinks and blue in between. Read the article ..
Petunias are tender perennials grown as annuals in Maine Gardens. These flowers bloom from spring until frost and require little care other than regular watering and deadheading. Read the article . .
Geraniums add brilliant color to planters and containers during the summer and brighten the windowsill during the winter. Try geraniums for change of pace this summer. Read the article . .
Because annuals are typically in full bloom when you purchase them at the nursery or greenhouse, they are ideal for adding quick color to Maine Gardens as soon as the last expected frost has passed. But beware! These tender plants are killed easily by frost and will not survive outside in cool weather!