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Annual Flowers and Plants Easy to Grow in Florida

Growing annuals in Florida is a whole new ball game. Aptly named the Sunshine State, Florida is loved by many for its warm sunny days and lush landscapes. Who wouldn’t want to take full advantage of that?

Well, when growing in Florida, there are several factors that will impact what you can grow and when. Generally speaking, there are annuals for the cool winter season and warm summer season. Plants that are typically fine to grow smack dab in the middle of the summer up North don’t stand a chance in the heat and humidity of a Florida summer. Not to worry, those annuals can be grown in the cooler part of the year. When the warmer season starts to roll around, find flowers that can tolerant the sun, heat, and drought. If you are living next to the coastline, you may also need to think about salt and wind tolerance if protection can’t be provided.

  • Field of colorful zinnia flowers in park
  • Colorful celosia plumeria in nature
  • A closeup shot of beautiful Portulaca grandiflora flowers growing in a garden
  • Bunches of Vibrant Pink Egyptian Starcluster or Pentas Flowers Blooming among Green Foliage
  • Angelonia angustifolia Benth
  • bright blue flowers of Ageratum houstonianum (flossflower) on a blurred leafy background
  • cosmos flowers in the garden
  • Treasure flower or Gazania rigens also known as Pied gazania, Strand gazanias

Winter annuals will be happy in the cooler temperature and reduced light that begins around October. Although it may be difficult to say goodbye to those summer beauties, you will need to pull them out to make room for the winter annuals, so they have time to get comfortable and established.

Here are some suggestions to win your winter planting season:


  • flower arrangement of purple petunias with dark veins and white calibrachoa in the garden
  • blooming geranium varios colors
  • mixed pansies in garden
    Pansy or Violas
  • Nemesia
  • Macro shot of vibrant pink carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus) in the garden.
  • Colorful Snapdragons Flowers in the garden.
  • Verbena bonariensis flowers (Argentinian Vervain or Purpletop Vervain, Clustertop Vervain, Tall Verbena, Pretty Verbena) in garden
  • Orange flowers (Calendula)

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