An annual is a plant that completes its life cycle in just one growing season—meaning it has to be replaced every year.
Although they have a short lifespan compared to perennials or woody plants such as shrubs and trees, annuals make the most of their short time in the garden. These showstoppers offer instant gratification and pack a punch of continuous color—blooming nonstop until frost.
Annuals are a great choice for any season. When it’s warm, head to Lowe’s and pick up petunias, geraniums, zinnias, or marigolds. In the cooler seasons of spring or fall, get pansies, dianthus, or Gerbera daisies. Use annuals wherever you need instant color in the garden. They also work great in containers.