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Annuals

Type Botanical Name Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
Annual COLEUS ‘Fancy Feathers Copper’ Coleus

A dwarf Coleus with very fine, feathery copper orange foliage.

4-6 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade
Annual Coleus ‘Fishnet Stocking’ Coleus

Green foliage is heavily veined and edged in burgundy.

2-3 feet Sun/Part Shade/Shade
Annual COLEUS ‘Hurricane Jenny’ Coleus

Rounded serrated foliage is maroon red and edged and centered in lime green.

12-24 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade
Annual COLEUS ‘Japanese Giant’ Coleus

Large green foliage is speckled and edged in burgundy.

24-30 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade
Annual COLEUS ‘Kiwi Fern’ Coleus

A distinctive coleus with slender burgundy fern-shaped leaves, edged with gold ruffles.

18-20 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade
Annual COLEUS ‘Religious Radish’ Coleus

Large red-pink and burgundy wavy foliage.

28-30 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade
Annual COLEUS ‘Sunset Wizard’ Coleus

Bright red foliage with orange apricot tones on a compact plant.

12-14 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade
Annual COLEUS ‘Wasabi’ Coleus

Brilliant chartreuse foliage on a vigorous upright plant.

24-30 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade
Annual COLOCASIA esculenta ‘Black Magic’ Elephant Ears

Huge heart-shaped purple-black  leaves lend a tropical look to gardens & large containers.  Can grow in water.

3-4 feet Part Shade Tropical
Annual COLOCASIA esculenta ‘Illustris’ Elephant Ears

A slightly smaller growing form with emerald green, arrow-shaped leaves marked with black.

2-3 feet Part Shade Tropical
Annual CRASSULA capitella Jade Plant

Fleshy propeller-like foliage is tipped in red and purple shades and stacked in small pyramids.

4-6 inches Sun Succulent
Annual CRASSULA ‘Ivory Pagoda’ Ivory Pagoda Jade Plant

Overlapping, upright, succulent gray leaves form small “towers”.

4-5 inches Sun Succulent
Annual CRASSULA perforata var. falcata Sickle Plant

What a cool plant!  Gray-green, succulent, sickle-shaped leaves alternate in a tight clump.

12-18 inches Sun Succulent
Annual CRASSULA perforata ‘Variegata’ String of Buttons

Succulent triangular leaves are edged in cream to pink and form small upright stacks.

9-12 inches Sun Succulent
Annual CUPHEA ignea ‘David Verity’ Firecracker Plant

Bright orange, 1”-2″ tubular flowers that hummingbirds love.  Blooms through the heat of the summer.

2-3 feet Sun
Annual CYNARA cardunculus Cardoon

Magnificent, silver-gray deeply lobed foliage is topped with purple, thistle-like flowers in late summer.

3-4 feet Sun Tropical
Annual DAHLIA ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ Dahlia

This showy cultivar has dark purple foliage and single red 4″ flowers through the summer. Store the roots in a frost free location over the winter.

2-4 feet Sun Tropical
Annual DAHLIA ‘Bishop of Canterbury’ Dahlia

Another dark foliage form with deep red peony flowers. 

2-4 feet Sun Tropical
Annual DAHLIA ‘Bishop of Oxford’ Dahlia

Single flowers of brilliant orange flowers over chocolate brown foliage.

2-4 feet Sun Tropical
Annual DAHLIA ‘Bishop of York Dahlia

Single clear yellow flowers over bronze foliage.

2-4 feet Sun Tropical
Annual DAHLIA ‘Electro Pink’ Dahlia

Large hot pink cactus flowers over stunning dark burgundy foliage.

24-30 inches Sun Tropical
Annual DAHLIA ‘Karma Chocolate’ Dahlia

Yummy double burgundy flowers darken to almost black in the center. Stems and foliage are also dark.

2-3 feet Sun Tropical
Annual DAHLIA ‘Karma Corona’ Dahlia

Glowing salmon orange double blooms with quilled petals held upright on sturdy stems.

2-3 feet Sun Tropical
Annual DAHLIA ‘Karma Sangria’ Dahlia

Large, yellow-centered pink flowers made up of quilled petals stand on strong stems through the summer.

3-4 feet Sun Tropical
Annual DAHLIA ‘Mystic Illusion’ Dahlia

Prolific bright yellow single blooms over dark foliage.

3-4 feet Sun Tropical
Annual DAHLIA ‘Purple Gem’ Dahlia

Striking deep purple flowers with quilled petals.

3-4 feet Sun Tropical
Annual DATURA inoxia ‘Variegata’ Jimson Weed

Large, white trumpet-shaped flowers over large, downy white-edged leaves.  Habit is sprawling so give it room!

2-3 feet Sun Tropical
Annual DATURA ‘Purple Petticoats’ Angel's Trumpet

Robust plants with large, fragrant, trumpet-shaped flowers.  This cultivar with double purple and white flowers.  Seeds are poisonous.

2-4 feet Sun Tropical
Annual DICHONDRA micrantha ‘Silver Falls’ Silver Falls Dichondra

Mat-forming with long draping stems of silver, pubescent foliage.  Drought-tolerant.  Excellent in containers.

2-4 foot spread Sun
Annual ECHEVERIA ‘Chroma’ Echeveria

Succulent rosettes of foliage are dark maroon mottled with pink.

4-6 inches Sun Succulent
Annual ECHEVERIA harmsii Echeveria

Succulent lanceolate foliage is tipped in red and covered in soft hairs.  Orange flowers in spring.

6-12 inches Sun Succulent
Annual ECHEVERIA setosa Echeveria

Rosettes of succulent spoon-shaped foliage are covered with soft white hairs.  Orange flowers appear in late spring on 12 inch stalks.

2-4 inches Sun Succulent
Annual ECHEVERIA ‘The Rose’ Echeveria

Thick ruffled lavender-gray foliage is very sculptural.  Forms a large rosette.

16-18 inches Sun Succulent
Annual EUCALYPTUS gunnii ‘Silver Drop’ Eucalyptus

Rounded to oval aromatic gray-green foliage is a great filler in flower arrangements.  A tree in warmer climates, this will make a bushy container plant in the north.

3-4 feet in a container Sun Tropical
Annual EUPHORBIA ‘Diamond Snow’ Flowering Spurge

Clouds of small white, baby’s breath-like flowers through the summer.  Habit is compact and mounding.  Excellent filler in containers.

12-18 inches Sun
Annual EUPHORBIA ‘Starblast Soft Pink’ Flowering Spurge

Clouds of small soft pink, baby’s breath-like flowers through the summer on a compact plant.  Excellent filler in containers.  

10-12 inches Sun
Annual EVOLVULUS ‘Blue My Mind’ Dwarf Morning Glory

Profuse blue flowers over gray-green foliage.  Heat loving.  Sprawls to 2 feet.

6-12 inches Sun
Annual FUCHSIA ‘Autumnale’ Fuchsia

Long blooming tropicals for sun or part shade with dangling tubular flowers beloved by hummingbirds.  This variety has red flowers over coppery foliage and a mounding habit.

18-20 inches Sun/Part Shade Tropical
Annual FUCHSIA ‘Gartenmeister Bonstedt’ Fuchsia

One of our favorites.  An upright grower with bright coral-red flowers over dark foliage.

22-24 inches Sun/Part Shade Tropical
Annual FUCHSIA ‘Koralle’ Fuchsia

Upright growing with long tubular orange blooms set off by dark foliage.

30-36 inches Sun/Part Shade Tropical
Annual FUCHSIA ‘Mrs. J. D. Fredericks’ Fuchsia

Bright single, pink corolla backed by pale pink sepals on an upright cultivar.

22-24 inches Sun/Part Shade Tropical
Annual GASTERIA minima Gastric

An adorable mini succulent with flat, stemless, tongue-like fleshy foliage dotted in white

2-4 inches Sun Succulent
Annual GAURA ‘Stratosphere Pink Picotee’ Gaura

Butterfly-like light pink blooms all summer on an upright plant.  Best if not fed too heavily.  Heat and drought tolerant. May sometimes overwinter.  

18-20 inches Sun 6
Annual GAURA ‘Stratosphere White’ Gaura

Butterfly-like  white blooms all summer.  Best if not fed too heavily.  Heat and drought tolerant. May sometimes overwinter.  Upright habit.

18-24 inches Sun 6
Annual GAZANIA rigens ‘Silverlight’ Gazania

Narrow silver foliage topped by bright yellow daisies through the summer.  Heat and drought tolerant.

6-8 inches Sun
Annual GLADIOLUS callianthus ‘Murielae’ Acidanthera

Fragrant white blooms marked with purple in late summer.  Attractive sword-like foliage. Corms easy to store in the north. 

2-4 feet Sun Tropical
Annual GOMPHRENA ‘Fireworks’ Gomphrena

Spherical 1 inch hot pink flower heads tipped in yellow on strong stems are excellent cut flowers.  Forms a large, bushy plant by the end of the summer.

3-4 feet Sun
Annual GOMPHRENA globosa Red Selection Gomphrena

Easy and free-flowering with spherical 1-2 inch red flower heads that are excellent dried.

16-18 inches Sun
Annual HELICHRYSUM petiolare’Limelight’ Licorice Plant

Outstanding foliage plants with 3′ branching stems and chartreuse woolly leaves.  Outstanding in mixed containers.

36-42 inch spread Sun/Part Shade
Annual HELICHRYSUM petiolare ‘Splash’ Licorice Plant

Gray-green woolly leaves have creamy white margins.

12-18 inches Sun/Part Shade