Sun-Loving Annuals

Sun-loving annuals are annuals that prefer to get 8+ hours of sun a day. Listed below are some of our most popular sun-loving annual plants in alphabtical order.

 

*Note - Please be aware that even though it is on our website, our selection is constantly changing due to seasonal availability and sales. We also carry more items than listed. If you have any questions about availability, please don't hesitate to call our stores.*


 

 Alyssum

Requirements: Sun but will tolerate partial sun. Prefers well-drained soil.

 

Size: 8-10cm high x 25 cm wide

 

Description: Profuse, fragrant compact flowers perfect for edging, containers, and groundcover. Different colours available.

Argyranthemum

Requirements: Full Sun. Keep soil evenly moist. Fertilize every two weeks.

 

Size: 50-60 cm high x 45-50 cm wide

 

Description: Perfect for mixed borders, rock gardens, and containers. Cut flowers last long in a cut bouquet.

Bidens

Requirements: Full sun.

 

Size: 20-30 cm W x 12-20 cm H

 

Description: A member of the Aster family, Bidens thrive in container gardens and look fabulous in beds and baskets. 

 Black-Eyed Susans

Requirements: Full sun, but will tolerate partial sun. Moist, well-drained soil.

 

Size: 12-18 in W x 2-3 ft high

 

Description:  One of the most popular flowers, black-eyed susans are very popular with bees and butterflies. Beautiful as cut flowers, but work well in containers and borders as well. Vining varieties can be used with trellises, groundcover, or containers. 

Calibrachoa

Requirements: Full Sun. Keep soil evenly moist but not saturated. 

 

Size: 23 cm W x 20 cm H

 

Description: Also known as million bells - fast growing, heavy blooming, self-cleaning varieties that bloom from spring-fall. 

Celosia

Requirements: Full sun.

 

Size: 20 cm W x 13-15 cm H

 

Description: Perfect for borders or bedding plants. Comes in multiple sizes and colours. 

Dahlia

Requirements: Full sun. Water regularly. 

 

Size: 15-20 cm W x 20-31 cm H

 

Description: Excellent in landscapes and containers. Big, beautiful blooms. A favourite of most gardeners. 

Dianthus

Requirements: Full sun but will tolerate partial shade. 

 

Size: 20 cm W x 20 cm H

 

Description: Large blooms adored by pollinators. Greate for gardens and pots. 

Gaura

Requirements: Full sun but will tolerate partial shade. Allow soil to dry between thorough waterings. 

 

Size: 50 cm W x 30-40 cm H

 

Description: Excellent foundation or border plant. Perfect for informal, naturalized settings. Combines beautifully with small ornamental grasses. 

Gazania

Requirements: Full sun. Tolerant of sandy, hot, and dry soils. 

 

Size: 16-45 cm W x 16-45 cm H

 

Description: Extraordinarily easy to take care of, Gazanias often trails along the ground. 

Geranium

Requirements: Full sun. Well drained soil. Keep soil evenly moist. 

 

Size: 25-30 cm W x 30 cm H

 

Description: Very popular bedding plants, they are also grown indoors or in containers. Not frost-tolerant, they need to be protected from the cold. 

          

Heliotrope

Requirements: Full sun. Keep soil evenly moist. 

 

Size: 30 cm W x 25-30 cm H

 

Description: Popular choice for beds and borders, superb for baskets, containers, and window-boxes. Wonderful for combination plantings. 

Lantana

Requirements: Full sun. Allow soil to dry between waterings. 

 

Size: 25-30 cm W x 45-50 cm H

 

Description: The perfect choice for beds and borders. Excellent for containers, baskets, and window boxes. Looks good in rock gardens. 

Marigolds

Requirements: Full sun. 

 

Size: 25-30 cm W x 20-25 cm H

 

Description: Brilliant flowers with an outstanding performace that has made it a very popular choice for all gardens. 

Morning Glory

Requirements: Plant in full sun, 30 cm apart. Requires a trellis, fence, or slope. 

 

Size: 30 cm W x 3.1-4.6 m H

 

Description: Large vivid flower on a fast-growing vine. 

 

Nasturtium

Requirements: Full Sun. Prefers poorer soils. 

 

Size: 23 cm W x 30cm H

 

Description: The leaves and flowers of this particular annual are edible. Excellent for groundcover and containers. Allow the soil to dry between waterings. Deadheading plants will allow for longer bloom-time.

 

Osteospermum

Requirements: Full sun, high heat. Likes well-drained soil but will tolerate dry soil. 

 

Size: 30-45 cm W  x 2-3 ft H

 

Description: Also known as an African daisy, Osteospermum 

 

Petunia

Requirements: Full sun, but will tolerate some shade. 

 

Size: 30 cm W x 30 cm H

 

Description: Dramatic spread, long bloom-time, and superior weather resistance make petunias one of the most popular choices for the garden. 

Portulaca

Requirements: Full sun. 

 

Size: 25-36 cm W x 20-25 cm H

 

Description: Large, semi-double blooms in vivid colours good for both the garden and containers. 

Salvia

Requirements: Full sun. 

 

Size: 25 cm W x 25-30 cm H

 

Description: Large, tall blooms adored by bees, butterflies, and pollinators. Intense colouring of blooms contrasts with the dark green of the leaves. Use in borders and beds. 

Scaveola

Requirements: Full sun. Keep soil evenly moist. 

 

Size: 45 cm W x 20-30 cm H

 

Description: The perfect choice for beds and containers. Excellent in combination plantings. 

Snapdragon

Requirements: Full sun, but will tolerate partial sun. 

 

Size: 15-25 cm W x 20-25 cm H

 

Description: Bright blooms on a compact plant. Ideal in containers or as edging. 

Sweet Pea

Requirements: Full sun. 

 

Size: 12 cm W x Various heights.

 

Description: Beautiful fragrant blooms on sturdy stems make an excellent background for cutting flowers. 

Verbena

Requirements: Full sun. Well drained and moist soil.

 

Size: 120 cm W x 8-17 cm H

 

Description: Impervious to light frost, humidity, and heat. Blooms from spring through fall. Quick grower. 

Vinca

Requirements: Full sun. Tolerates hot, dry areas. 

 

Size: 35-41 cm W x 15-30 cm H

 

Description: Extra large blooms and vibrant colours that are excellent for containers or bedding plants. 

Zinnia

Requirements: Full sun. 

 

Size: 25-35 cm W x 30-36 cm H

 

Description: Vibrantly coloured continous blooms on sturdy stems. Very popular and easy to grow.