It's the season to spend leisurely days – and evenings – outside, and filling your garden with colour can make it more inviting. Summer annuals are here for a good time, not a long time, and they make up for their relatively short life with an explosion of cheer. Planting up these floral favourites, in beds or pots, is an easy and instant way to liven up a dull area.
A hanging basket favourite, with masses of small petunia-like flowers, in gorgeous single and bi-colour combinations.
With its feathery plumes in flamboyant red, orange, yellow and purple tones, it's a sure winner in pots and garden beds.
A stunning ground cover, with blooms in various colours, often contrasting with bright white “eyes”. Allow to cascade over pots, retaining walls or rockeries.
The dainty violet-blue, pink or white flowers of this low-growing annual are perfect for sunny spots in the garden.
Its petite, highly scented flowers in white or purple are ideal for filling in borders, planters, hanging baskets and rockeries.
You know it's summer when these beauties burst onto the scene. Plant near the back door so their display can be appreciated from inside, too.
Brighten up shady areas with these vibrant flowers, in tones ranging from red to cool pinks. For sun-loving varieties, look for ‘SunPatiens'.
Large bold flowers in various colourways make petunia one of the best performing potted colours. Mass plant in baskets or in garden beds.
Add beauty and scent to the garden with the gorgeous ruffled blooms of this low-medium sized annual. Cut and enjoy them indoors, too.
One of the best-known and most delightful easy-to-grow annuals, marigold flowers add a splash of yellow, orange, maroon and copper to your garden.
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