An annual plant is a plant that completes its life cycle, from germination to the production of seeds, within one year, and then dies. Plants that perform their entire life cycle from seed to flower to seed within a single growing season. All roots, stems & leaves of the plant die annually. Only the dormant seed bridges the gap between one generation and the next.
All annual plants let you change the color palette in your garden every year. Annual plants fall under two categories - hardy and half-hardy. Hardy annuals can be grown outdoors and will tolerate cooler temperatures, whereas the more tender half-hardy annuals need protection and must not be planted out until all risk of frost has passed. These delightful flowers add color and interest to beds, borders, containers and hanging baskets.