The Magic Garden Catalog of Plants - Fancy Annuals
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Fancy Annuals

These are some very special annuals grown in limited quantities. We had in mind growing some really different plants for containers-try mixing drought tolerant Petunias with Gazanias for a hot sunny spot, or blue flowered Gentian Sage with icy Arctotis for a cool effect. In addition to their uses in container plantings all can be planted in the ground as companions for annuals and perennials.

Abelmoschus manihot
Sunset Mallow
Annual/ Height 5-6'/ Space 24"/ Sun
Dark green, palmate leaves are an asset even befor the pale yellow, hibiscus-like flowers are formed in midsummer. Each flower is nearly 5" across with a burgundy throat. Excellent for adding height and elegance to the border.

Agastache aurantiaca 'Apricot Sprite'
Perennial/ Zone 7-10/ Height 15-18"/ Space 8"/ Sun
Spikes of rich apricot create a veritable explosion of color above the richly fragrant foliage. Its compact size and long bloom time make it perfect for a large clay pot with purple Heliotrope and silvery Licorice Plant. Grown as an annual in the north; perennial for Zone 7 and south.

Agastache cana 'Heather Queen'
Perennial/ Zone 5-10/ Height 36"/ Space 8"/ Sun
Aromatic foliage is topped with flower spikes in a deep shade of pink during late summer and fall. A wonderful plant for bees and butterflies. Great in containers and in bouquets. Winters over for us about half the time.

Anagallis monellii ssp. linifolia 'Blue Light'
Poor Man's Weather Glass, Blue Pimpernel
Annual/ Height 9"/ Space 6"/ Sun
These true blue flowers are a special treat. With yellow anthers to add contrast against the blue petals, the flowers close up during cloudy weather and open wide in sun. Great in a fanciful wire hanging basket paired with trailing Snaps and pink Petunias. The Victorians loved this one and so will you.

Angelonia angustifolia hybrid 'Angelface Blue'
Summer Snapdragon
Annual/ Height18-24"/ Space 12"/ Sun, partial shade
Flowers are held on tall stems above glossy, deep green leaves. Each rich blue-violet flower is reminiscent of an orchid, long lasting on the plant and in bouquets. Blooms all season and loves heat and sun. Drought tolerant once established.

Antirrhinum majus 'Lampion'
Trailing Snapdragon
Annual/ Height 10" trailing/ Space 8"/ Sun, light shade
A trailing snapdragon for hanging baskets or to spill over the edges of containers. Blooms summer `til frost in a sparkling pink hue.

Antirrhinum sempervirens
Silver Snapdragon
Annual/ Height 8-10"/ Space 8"/ Sun, light shade
Trailing fuzzy silver stems and leaves pair up with creamy white snapdragons for the perfect basket and container plant. This one is an indispensable staple of our container pallette.

Arctotis venusta
African Daisy
Annual/ Height 18"/ Space 10"/ Sun
As I write this on a chilly, rainy, threatening to snow, day in late October, the silvery long-stemmed African Daisies in the garden are still blooming their hearts out. Yellow-centered ray flowers are white with blue undersides and foliage is silver. Overall it is a very cool effect.

Argyranthemum frutescens 'Butterfly'
Marguerite daisy
Annual/ Height 14-18"/ Space 12"/ Sun, partial shade
Sparkling lemon-yellow daisies crown well branched plants all summer long. Extremely adaptable and very heat tolerant. Plant some of this wherever you want a splash of sunshine.

Argyranthemum frutescens 'Snow White'
Marguerite daisy
A/18"/10"/ Sun, light shade
Grey-green leaves are finely divided and are topped with fresh white, yellow-centered daisies. Blooms indefinitely if deadheaded occasionally.

Asclepias currasavica 'Red Butterfly'
Butterfly Weed
Perennial/ Zone 7-10/ Height 28-40"/ Space 12"/ Sun
This one is an exotic cousin of the common milkweed. Plant where drainage is good and let these brilliant gold-centered, red blossoms lure the butterflies to your garden. Wonderful as a cut flower if cut early in the morning before the sap rises.

Calibrachoa hybrid 'Superbells Trailing Blue'
Million Bells
Annual/ Height 10"/ Space 10"/ Sun, partial shade
Deep violet-blue flowers resemble mini petunias. Indispensable for containers with trailing habit, profuse and endless bloom, and easy care. Combine this plant with Bacopa and Agryanthemum for a cheerful display all summer long.

Calibrachoa hybrid 'Superbells Red'
Million Bells
Annual/ Height 10"/ Space 10"/ Sun, partial shade
Little velvety red trumpets are complimented by deep green foliage. A perfect partner of silver-leaved plants like Helichrysum and Plectranthus.

Calibrachoa hybrid 'Terra Cotta'
Million Bells
Annual/ Height 10"/ Space 10"/ Sun, partial shade
Color ranges from peachy yellow to burnt orange with darker veins for contrast. Add some zing to anything blue or purple. Or create a hot combo with Coleus `Wizard', Salvia `Lady in Red' and Agastache `Apricot Sprite'.

Ceratotheca triloba
South African Foxglove
Annual/ Height 24"/Space 15" apart/ Sun, light shade
New and sure to be a staple of gardens everywhere. Well branched plants have stocky stems and aromatic foliage. Tall stems support spires of tubular bells in a delicate shade of lilac pink. Blooms steadily until frosts close in.

Cerinthe major purpurescens 'Kiwi Blue'
Honeywort, Wax Flower
Annual/ Height 12-18"/ Space 10"/ Sun
Plants have succulent, blue green leaves with grey-green markings that spiral up arching stems topped with intense blue leaves and bracts surrounding purple tubular blooms. A unique and exotic addition to the flower garden. Likes cool conditions.

Chrysanthemum coronarium 'Primrose Gem'
Annual Chrysanthemum
Annual/ Height 12-18"/ Space10"/ Sun
Each plant bears literally a multitude of ruffly, primrose-yellow daisies with light gold centers. Blends with anything and blooms the whole summer long if deadheaded.

Cynoglossum amabile 'Blue Showers'
Chinese Forget-Me-Not
Annual/ Height 24-30"/ Space 10"/ Sun, part shade
Sprays of turquoise blue flowers and grey-green leaves make this summer blooming forget-me-not a real treat. Self sows when happy.

Datura inoxia
Angel's Trumpet
Perennial/ Zone 10/ Height 36'/ Space 24"/ Sun, part shade
Spectacular white trumpet blooms face up atop deep blue-green leaves. Fragrant and exotic. Plant parts and seeds are poisonous so excercise caution.

Datura inoxia 'Violet'
Angel's Trumpet
Perennial/ Zone 10/ Height 36'/ Space 24"/ Sun, part shade
Perfumed blossoms are tinged a royal shade of purple. Upward facing trumpets exude a wonderful fragrance as they unfurl.

Diascia hybrid 'Flying Colors Coral'
Annual/ Height 8-12"/ Space 8-10"/ Sun, partial shade
Trailing stems will create a waterfall of coral blossoms from your favorite pot or basket. Hybrid vigor results in long bloom from spring `til frosts.

Echium vulgare 'Blue Bedder'
Viper's Bugloss
Annual/ Height 12"/ Space 8"/ Sun
Unusual papery flower clusters change color as they mature from blue to purplish pink. Plants are somewhat sprawling and make a good ground cover. Unstoppable bloom from summer `til frost.

Gazania ringens
`Talent Rose Shades'
Annual/ Height 12"/ Space 8"/ Sun
Silvery leaves and pink daisies face upwards and open wide on sunny days, close for cloudy ones. A plant for dry, lean soils that will happily soak up the sun and heat all summer.

Helichrysum petiolare
Licorice Plant
Annual/ Height 3' trailing/ Space 24"/ Sun, part shade
This plant is a silvery treasure that blends with everything. It's arching stems of fuzzy, silver leaves look great spilling over the edge of any pot. Try it in lichened terra cotta or an elegant urn.

Heliotropium arborescens
Heliotrope, Cherry Pie
Annual/ Height 48'/ Space 18'/ Sun,part shade
Here is one you won't see every day. Growing to 4 feet tall, this species is an heirloom and the predecessor of our modern Heliotrope cultivars. Fragrant and imposing for the back of the herb garden with dark green ornamental foliage and fragrant purple flowers.

Heliotropium arborescens 'Marine'
Heliotrope, Cherry Pie
Annual/ Height 24"/ Space 12"/ sun, part shade
A fragrant and beautiful plant for beds and containers with deeply ribbed dark green leaves topped and deep purple, vanilla-scented blooms. Keep this one close by where you can stop and smell the Heliotrope!

Hibiscus acetocella
Annual/ Height 4-5'/ Space 18"/ Sun
Grow this one for its shiny red maple shaped leaves. This one may be perennial in warmer zones but its warm colorful presence at the back of the border warrants replanting each year if necessary. Maroon flowers are rarely seen before the frost in northern gardens.

Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie'
Sweet Potato Vine
Annual/ Height 3'/ Space 18"/ sun, partial shade
Deepest, purple-black heart shaped leaves are a striking addition to containers.Tuberous roots can be dug and stored frost free during winter for replanting next spring.

Osteospermum 'Sonata Purple'
Cape Daisy
Annual/ Height 12-18"/ Space 10"/ Sun
Rosy-purple, blue eyed daisies are held on wiry stems above mounds of greenish grey foliage. These kick in for the dog days of summer-they relish heat and sunshine and, if deadheaded regularly, will bloom into winter on a sunny windowsill.

Osteospermum 'Peach Symphony'
Cape Daisy
Annual/ Height 8-14"/ Space 12"/ Sun, partial shade
Bushy plants produce daisies in abundance over a long period. Look closely and you'll see silky petals are a harmonious blend of hues-peach blushed apricot tinged pink. All radiating out from a central disc ringed in deep purple. Excellent in containers, especially where terra cotta pots can compliment their color scheme.

Petunia hybrida 'Tidal Wave Silver'
Annual/ Height 12"/ Space 18"/ Sun
These are the most robust of the `Wave' petunias-- they will happily cascade out of a big pot or make a glorious groundcover. Vigorous plants are covered with silvery-lavender blooms. Each flower has a deeper purple center with purple veins radiating outward.

Petunia hybrida 'Wave Pink'
Annual/ Height 12"/ Space 18"/ Sun
Many, large, clear pink flowers are produced all summer on spreading plants. Very tolerant of weather, perfect for containers or for covering lots of ground in the flowerbed. Very fine companion for Quicksilver or Licorice Plant.

Petunia hybrida 'Wave Purple'
Annual/ Height 12"/ Space 18"/ Sun
Vivid, magenta-purple flowers cover vigorous plants all summer long. Heat and drought tolerant once established--one plant will fill a basket completely or cover an area up to a three foot square. Try it with Tithonia to really wow `em.

Plectostachys serpyllifolia
Annual/ Height 24" trailing/ Space 18"/ Sun, part shade
This is a miniaturized version of Licorice Plant with smaller leaves and less apt to take over the container though one plant can spread up to 3 ft. during one season.

Plectranthus argentatus
Annual/ Height 24-36"/ Space 24"/ Partial shade
A bold, upright plant grown mainly for its velvety silver leaves and stems. If allowed to flower, tall wands of tiny, delicate lavender flowers are a pretty bonus. Pair with dark-leaved Snapdragons and silvery Agryanthemum `Snow White' for a brilliant contrast in the flowerbed.

Ricinus communis 'Carmencita Bright Red'
Castor Bean
Annual/ Height 5'/ Space 3'/ Sun, part shade
Shrubby plants can reach great heights and provide a tropical element with their large, deeply lobed leaves in shades of bronzey red. Greenish flowers are followed by spiny reddish seed heads. Rich soils will procuce the best foliage colors. Beware! All parts of this plant are very poisonous, especially the seeds.

Salvia coccinea 'Lady in Red'
Texas Hummingbird Sage
Annual/ Height 20-24"/ Space 10"/ Sun, part shade
Vivid red flower spikes arise from deeply veined leaves. A beacon for hummingbirds.

Salvia coccinea 'Coral Nymph'
Texas Hummingbird Sage
Annual/ Height 20-24"/ Space 10"/ Sun
Tall wands of coral-peach flowers make this a standout plant for favorite terra cotta pot. Try it with blue flowered Delphiniums and Baby Marguerites.

Salvia patens
Gentian Sage
Annual/ Height 18-24"/ Space 10"/ Sun
For true blue flowers, you must have this! Large, deep blue, claw shaped flowers are produced seemingly forever on tall stems.

Scaveola aemula 'New Wonder'
Fan Flower
Annual/ Height 10-14"/ Space 10-12"/ Sun, partial shade
Strong stems curve gracefully down from containers and windowboxes. Fan shaped, purple flowers are abundant and cover the plant. Excellent heat and drought tolerance.

Sutera cordata
Annual/ Height 6" trailing/ Space 8"/ Sun, part shade
This plant is a wonderful alternative to white alyssum with its trailing habit. Always smothered with multitudes of little white flowers. Keep well watered and bring it inside as a houseplant at seasons' end.

Tithonia rotundifolia 'Fiesta Del Sol'
Mexican Sunflower
Annual/ Height 24-30"/ Space 18"/ Sun
Bright scarlet orange flowers attract birds and butterflies. Upright branched plants make a splash of color in the late summer border. Stunning with Cosmos `Bright Lights'and tall Heliotrope.

Verbena hybrida 'Superbena Blue Purple'
Annual / Height 10"/ Space 8-12"/ Sun, partial shade
Vigorous growth and vivid purple flower clusters make this a favorite for containers where it will bloom all season. Great with Osteospermum and Plectranthus

Verbena tenuisecta 'Imagination'
Moss Verbena
Annual/ Height 12"/ Space 8"/ Sun
Finely divided leaves are soft backdrop for lavender umbels. Its drapey habit makes it a favorite for hanging baskets and windowboxes.