Do Annual Flowers Come Up Every Year?


Many gardeners choose annual flowers for window boxes, hanging baskets and container gardens to add variety and color to their yards. Not only are they easy to care for, annuals also come in a wide variety of colors and styles.

Life Cycle

  • Annuals complete their entire life cycle in one year. Typically, annuals are started from seed in the spring and die off with the first fall frost. Annuals can be purchased in flats from the greenhouse or plant nursery in the late spring and planted directly into the garden or transplanted to planters.


  • Annuals typically produce abundant blooms and create a profusion of color in the summer garden. Those purchased from greenhouses as seedlings are generally ready to bloom and provide color earlier than perennials.

Time Frame

  • Annuals bloom for the entire season, whereas perennials often bloom for a short period. Adding annuals to the perennial bed is an effective way to keep your flower bed in bloom all summer long.


  • Annuals must be protected from late spring or early fall frosts and must be replaced every year, but they make up for the added work with their cheery blooms.

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