Flowers that bloom the first year that they are planted are perfect for those gardeners that need instant planting gratification. These blooming flowers are great starts to a long season and they can keep a garden from having too much down time. These will pop with color quickly and without fail.
The pansy, known botanically as Viola x Wittrockiana, is from the violet family of plants. It grows 4 to 10 inches tall and has deep green leaves. Flowers will be 1 to 4 inches wide in colors of yellow, white, purple, blue, rose and black. Growing conditions need to be bright sun or partial shade for best growth and any soil other than sandy. Propagate via cuttings or by seed and grow it in USDA hardiness zones of 7 to 10. Floridata calls these plants "durable and pest-free."
The common snapdragon is known botanically as Antirrhinum majus and is from the figwort family of plants. Fast and easy to grow, it can range from 3 feet tall down to 4 inches depending on the cultivar. Flowers are tubular and have a wide range of colors, also depending on cultivar. Growing conditions need to be full sun or it has a tolerance to partial shade. Soil should be rich and well drained. Propagate via seed and grow in USDA hardiness zones of 4 to 11.
The coreopsis is known botanically as Coreopsis grandiflora and is from the aster/daisy family of plants. Easy and fast growing it is a perennial that attracts butterflies. It is clump forming, 1 ½ to 4 feet high and 2 to 3 inch wide yellow flowers adorn it. Growing conditions need to be in mid to full sun and dry to normal soil. Propagate via clump division or by seed and grow in USDA hardiness zones of 5 to 10.
The purple coneflower is known botanically as Echinacea purpurea and is from the aster/daisy family of plants. Fast growing and easy to care for, this perennial will attract butterflies. Clumps can get up to 3 feet tall with 3 to 8 inch long coarse leaves and 3 inch wide flowers that are purple. Growing conditions need to be full sun or it can tolerate partial sun. Propagate via root division or by seed and grow in USDA hardiness zones of 3 to 9.
The Shasta daisy is known botanically as Leucanthemum x superbum and is from the aster/daisy family of plants. This perennial grows to 2 to 3 feet tall with 2 to 5 inch wide white ray flowers and glossy dark leaves 8 to 12 inches long. Growing conditions need to be well drained soils that are limey not acidic and full sun. Propagate via seed or division and grow in USDA hardiness zones of 5 to 9.