7 Best Annual Flowers for a Colorful Garden

Marigolds are tough annuals. Yellow, orange, apricot, and cream are their cheerful colors, and they grow 6 to 18 inches tall. Once planted, they're tough and drought-tolerant, making them popular for decades.


Begonias bloom freely in pink, white, and red, but there are numerous kinds. The winged-leaf varieties are gorgeous. Begonias prefer part sun to full shade, depending on variety.


Pink, purple, and white low-growing annuals are sweet-scented. Pollinators enjoy it cascading from pots, window boxes, and hanging baskets! It can handle a few mild frosts.

Sweet Alyssum

Angelonia, also known as summer snapdragon, grows erect or cascading in white, pink, yellow, peach, purple, and bicolor. Although its small blooms resemble snapdragons, it can handle heat better.


Sunflowers are one of the simplest flowers to cultivate from seed and may grow to 10 feet tall! Late-season blossoms in pink, burgundy, and chocolate attract pollinators.


The lesser-known annual ammi resembles Queen Anne's lace, a wayside wildflower. Frilly blooms on long stalks create lovely cut flowers. Very simple to cultivate from seed.


Pansies and violas thrive in spring and autumn due to colder conditions. Give them full light, although afternoon shadow will help them survive summer.

Pansies and Violas