ANNUALS

Common Name Scientific Name Height Remarks
Black-eyed Susan 'Goldsturm' Rudbeckia fulgida 1'-4' Sun/part shade; summer and fall blooming annual; foliage is rough to the touch; large, yellow-orange, daisy-like blooms with pronounced black centers. The variety 'Goldsturm' was selected as a 1999 Perennial Plant of the Year in Texas.
Bluebonnet Lupines texensis 4"-8" Full sun; famous for their spikes of blue flowers along Texas roadsides in mid to late spring; also available in maroon, white, rosy-pink and light blue forms; Texas State Flower and Texas Superstar.
Indian Blanket Gaillardia sp. 1'-2' Sun/part shade; annual wildflower with bright, daisy-like, red flowers with a yellow rim; grows best in sandy soils.
Larkspur Delphinium sp. 3' Full sun; tall tapering spikes of single or double blooms in shades of white, pink, blue and purple in spring and summer.
Maximillian Sunflower Helianthus maximiliani 4'-6' Sun; spectacular yellow flowers in fall; a Texas native; the seeds attract birds.
Mexican Sunflower Tithonia rotundifolia 4'-6' Full sun/part shade; bloom time is in the late summer/early fall velvet/fuzzy foliage / with orange blooms; average water needs.
Moss Rose Portulaca grandiflora 1' Full sun; low-growing, summer annual; flowers may be single or double; blooms can be red, pink, white, yellow, and orange; small, fleshy leaves; will withstand high temperatures, drought and bright sunlight.
Pentas Pentas lanceolata 1'-2' Full sun/part shade; clusters of star shaped flowers in summer and fall; blooms are pink, violet, red or white; very heat tolerant but will benefit from afternoon shade.
Periwinkle Catharanthus roseus 1' Full sun; prolific summer blooms in shades of pink, rose and white about the size of a quarter; best planted in early summer; these annuals have a tendency to be destroyed by Phytophthora fungi - prevent this disease by avoiding over-watering, providing well drained soil for these plants, and by mulching the planting area.
Purslane Portulaca oleracea 1' Full sun; low-growing, summer annual; flowers last only a day but are quickly replaced; bloom colors include pink, lavender, white, yellow, and orange; small, fleshy leaves; will withstand high temperatures, drought and bright sunlight.
Zinnia Zinnia hybrida 1'-2' Full sun; a re-seeding annual that flowers in shades of yellow, orange, pink and white summer through fall; performs well in both warm and cool conditions; great for attracting butterflies; also an excellent cut flower.