Low Maintenance Annuals

Low maintenance annuals are a popular option for the do-it-yourself gardener. Most varieties have brief germination periods and produce prolonged blooms. With little effort, you can generate a seasons worth of blooms with little effort depending on the varieties you choose.


Selecting plants that are pest-resistant and don’t require an excessive amount of watering is important when you are creating an easy annual garden. Also, make sure your choices fast growing so that they suppress weeds while quickly creating blooms of color. Included here is a list of low maintenance annuals that produce brightly colored gardens without too much work.

  • Ageratum (Ageratum houstonianum)
  • Bachelor’s Button (Centaurea cyanus)
  • Blanket Flower (Gaillardia amblyodon, Gaillardia puchella)
  • Blue Lace Flower (Trachymene coerulea)
  • California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
  • Cleome (Cleome hasslerana)
  • Cockscomb (Celosia argentea)
  • Coleus (Coleus blumei)
  • Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)
  • Cup-and-saucer Vine (Cobea scandens)
  • Dianthus (Dianthus barbutus)
  • Flowering Maple (Abutilon hybridum)
  • Gazania (Gazania longiscapa)
  • Gypsophila (Gypsophila elegans)
  • Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens)
  • Hyacinth Bean Vine (Dolichos lablab)
  • Impatiens (Impatiens balsamina, Impatiens wallerana)
  • Larkspur (Consolida)
  • Linaria (Linaria moroccana)
  • Marigold (Tagetes)
  • Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia)
  • Mimulus (Mimulus x hybridus grandiflorus)
  • Moonflower (Ipomoea alba)
  • Morning Glory Vine (Ipomoea purpurea)
  • Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)
  • Nicotiana (Nicotiana alata)
  • Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana)
  • Petunia (Petunia x hybrida)
  • Phlox (Phlox drummondii)
  • Portulaca (Portulaca grandiflora)
  • Salvia (Salvia horminum)
  • Scabiosa (Scabiosa astropupurea)
  • Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)
  • Statice (Limonium sinuata)
  • Stock (Matthiola)
  • Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
  • Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima)
  • Tahoka Daisy (Aster tanacetifolius)
  • Torenia (Torenia fournieri)
  • Verbana (Verbana hortensis)
  • Wax Begonia (Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum)
  • Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)

After you have selected your plants, there are a few things that you can do to ensure a healthy garden:

  • Fish emulsion and other natural fertilizers will help your new transplants to adapt to your garden.
  • You can also use a light mulch to keep weeds away from seedlings.
  • To prevent overcrowding and reduce competition for air, light, and water, be sure to prune your young plants.
  • Also, deep watering is generally more effective than lightly sprinkling your plants often.

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