An annual is a plant that usually germinates, flowers, and dies in a year or season.
It is important to always deep water your plants rather than a light sprinkling, especially during the hot summer months. Most annuals and perennials, with the exception of drought resistant plants, need at least an inch of water each week to thrive.
Removing the flowers as they fade prolongs the blooming cycle, but if left to produce seeds, many annuals will readily reseed themselves and come back the following year. Annuals are usually available in starter six packs or in 4 inch pots. They are an great way to create a splash of color in the garden, or for long blooming annual baskets.
Some perennials and biennials are grown in gardens as annuals when they are not considered cold hardy for the local climate.
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