Annuals that thrive in sun and heat

POSTED: 10:17 AM May 17 2012   UPDATED: 10:16 AM May 29 2012

By Erica Glasener, Networx

Annuals have long been popular in our gardens for summer color in containers and in the garden to help fill the gap when spring perennials finish blooming.  Depending on where you live in the US, there are many varieties to choose from.  Today, gardeners can benefit from the Trial Gardens and plant evaluation programs throughout the country.  Plants (including many annuals) are grown in display beds and rated for things like number of flowers, leaf color, uniformity of habit and flower, resistance to insects and diseases and overall appearance. On a recent visit to Epcot, I was impressed with their Trial Gardens of 100 different varieties of annuals. 

 

Below is a list of some of my top choices for Sun. (Stay tuned for a list of my picks of annuals for Shade.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trial Gardens around the US include: