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Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Disclaimer: Product stock and prices are subject to change after blog publish date.

An annual is a plant that only lasts for one growing season. There are many benefits of planting annuals in your garden or in containers. When cared for properly, they tend to grow quickly and bloom for an extended period allowing you to enjoy them all summer long.

Annuals are also cost effective if you like to switch up your garden design and colour scheme every year. Our 4″ annuals are $2.99 each and our 4.25″ Proven Winners annuals are $3.99 each.

While it is tempting to select annuals based solely on their appearance, it is important to consider whether your annuals will be placed in sun, shade or a bit of both before making your selection.

Here are a few of our favourite annuals for sunny and shady locations:

Million Bells (Calibrachoa)

Million Bells grow best in full sun. They look fantastic in both containers and hanging baskets with their dense trailing habit. Million Bells come in a range of solid and two-tone colours, such as pink, yellow, red, purple, and white. To keep your Million Bells looking their best, be sure to occasionally trim them back and give them a boost with fertilizer.


This spreading or trailing annual loves the warm sunshine! Scaevola is fairly low-maintenance and heat-tolerant, but still needs to be watered when the soil becomes dry to the touch. Scaevola has lance-shaped leaves and can have blue-purple, white, or pink blooms.

Geraniums (Pelargonium)

Geraniums are a popular bedding plant that thrives in a lot of sunlight. Known for their upright, multi-petaled blooms and large green leaves. To encourage blooming, deadhead regularly.


If you’re looking to attract butterflies or hummingbirds to your garden, Lantana is a great choice with its clusters of small, bright-coloured flowers! Be sure to place your Lantana plants in a sunny location and deadhead periodically.

New Guinea Impatiens

A shade-loving annual with pointy leaves and heart-shaped petals. Flower colours include shades of pink, orange, red and white. New Guinea Impatiens require regular watering and do not like to be dry for an extended period.


Add colour and interest to your shade garden or planters with Coleus! Enjoy its stunning, vibrant foliage in combinations of green, yellow, red, purple, etc.


If you are not familiar with Fuchsia, prepare to be amazed by its unique, intricate blossoms. Fuchsia does not like the summer heat, so it should be protected from the harsh, afternoon sun and placed in the shade. Pinch off spent flowers to encourage new blooms.

We have more annual varieties available in-store! Here is a sneak peek of some of the other annuals we generally carry…

Is there a certain annual you’re looking for? You can always message us on social media, send us an email or give us a call and we can tell you if we have it in stock.

Please note that our annual stock and availability is subject to change at any time.

It’s almost the May long weekend! Check out our hours:

Friday, May 20th (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Saturday, May 21st (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Sunday, May 22nd (CLOSED)
Monday, May 23rd (Victoria Day) (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)