Annual Flowers for Borders

Annual flowers are cherished for their short lived flowers, which last for a season or two before the plant dies. Commonly used for vibrant flower beds or containers, annual flowers are also used to create colorful borders. There are many easy to care for annuals that can be utilized for garden borders.

Annual Phlox

Annual phlox (Phlox drummondii) is a low-growing annual native to Central and Western Texas. The plant has a naturalized, sprawling appearance. Annual phlox boasts bright green foliage and deeply saturated flowers that range from crisp white to hot pink and red. The plant is commonly used to create borders, flower beds, and align walkways and paths. Annual phlox will thrive in full sunlight in sandy, well-drained soils that are kept moist.

French Marigold

Despite its name, French marigold (Tagetes patula) is a hardy annual native to North America. The plant boasts wiry blue-green foliage and fiery flowers in colors ranging from bright yellow to deep crimson. The plant can be used for a mid-sized border plant. The easy to grow plant should be grown in full sunlight, in just about any type of soil. The drought-tolerant plant will grow in wet or dry soils that are sand or clay based.

Bush Violet

Low growing and dense, bush violet (Browallia speciosa 'Blue Troll'), also called sapphire flower, is a often utilized as a border or container plant. Bush violet offers thick dark foliage and clusters of bluish purple flowers that bloom throughout the year, sometimes as early as late winter. Bush violet is tolerant of a range of conditions, from full shade to partial sun. Bush violet should be grown in moist, well-drained soil.

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Michelle Wishhart is a writer based out of Astoria, Ore. She has been writing professionally for five years, starting with her position as a staff arts writer for an alternative weekly paper in Santa Cruz. She has a B.A. in fine arts from the University of California in Santa Cruz and a minor in English literature.