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Top 10 Summer Annuals to Brighten Your Garden

Are you ready to brighten your garden with beautiful flowers that bloom almost instantly and last until the first frost? Summer annuals bring a host of great benefits to your home and landscape, including faster and longer blooms, a variety of color choices, and strong self-seeding capabilities. Whether you plant them yourself or take advantage of our 10% off summer annuals in June promotion, here’s everything you need to know about our top 10 summer annuals!

African Marigolds, ‘Crackerjack’

Marigolds are sunny annuals known for their eye-catching beauty — the African marigold ‘crackerjack’ mix, however, has a fragrance and appearance like none other. Shaped like elegant puff balls in shades of yellow and orange, this beautiful plant grows up to three feet tall and has rounded blooms as wide as 4 inches.

French Marigolds

Another marigold staple is the French marigold. These annuals are small and bushy, and their flowers can grow up to 2 inches. French Marigolds introduce beautifully warm shades of orange, yellow, and red to your garden design, and as an added benefit, they’re also known for their aromatic smells and ability to repel mosquitos!


Depending on your climate zone, you can enjoy these beauties for most, if not all, of your summer. Known as a symbol of commitment, their elegance makes them a popular wedding flower, and they come in a range of colors, shapes, and sizes, making it easy to personalize your garden design to your exact color specifications.

Garden Cosmos

If you’re looking for a daisy-look-a-like that blooms all summer long, garden cosmos are a great choice with their bowl cup shapes and width of 3-5 inches. They’ll introduce a combination of lovely shades to your green haven and offer a range of hues from pale pastels to bright and lively colors. You can find them in crimson, orange, white, pink, yellow, and more!


Zinnias, otherwise known as “pom-pom flowers,” make a great addition to your home with their assortment of fun colors and allure to butterflies, hummingbirds, and other exciting guests! With these cheerful bloomers, your outdoor landscape will benefit from different colors including lavenders, whites, pinks, yellows, oranges, and reds — all in a range of delightful hues.


Petunias can produce a wide range of colors, with some types displaying an artful mix of light and bright shades. These multi-colored blooms are truly unique and can add a touch of purple and lilac to your garden that’s not often obtainable with other flowers.

Annual Vincas

For the most colorful blooms on the hottest days of summer, annual vincas never disappoint. Sitting on top of a bed of emerald-green foliage, annual vincas showcase one color in the middle of the bloom and fade out to the flower’s primary color: purple, white, pink, or red.


Lantanas add variety to your garden and complement typical pale pinks with vibrant reds, oranges, yellows, and dark pinks. They come in a multitude of sizes, making them very versatile and customizable to your desired look.


Ageratums are one-of-a-kind summer annuals that are unique in a few different ways: they’re soft, fuzzy, and feathery, and they’re one of the few annuals that can deliver a truly blue bloom. Even more interesting is their delightful fragrance, which has made this flower a common ingredient in perfume.


Nemesias are popular for their orchid appearance and vibrant elegance. This ground-covering plant can be found in purplish-white blooms, pinks, and yellows, but their most lovely colors are bluish-white and bluish-purple!

Pro Tip of Plants to Avoid

When filling your garden with a combination of beautiful colors, it’s important to note that not all attractive flowers and foliage will belong in your landscape. Some of the most elegant plants are poisonous, not only to other plants in your design but also to children and animals. Some examples include lily of the valley, foxgloves, water hemlocks, oleander, castor oils plants, Chinese wisteria, yew, and belladonnas (aka deadly nightshades).

The best and easiest way to get peace of mind and the luxuriously

bright garden you desire is to trust those with experience and passion: Plant Solutions. This summer, we’re dressing gardens in an array of colors using the most popular summer annuals — and we enjoy doing it so much that we’re offering 10% off throughout the month of June. Let us bring splashes of color to your green haven!




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