Rediscovering Annuals!
Learn to LOVE annuals with horticulturalist-designer
Riz Reyes on Saturday, August 5 at 11 am!


EASY and FAST, cheerful and bright, annuals are the glue that holds all of our gardens together here at Annie's. In fact, we can't even imagine our gardens without them!

Annuals were the first plants Annie grew on her apartment roof when she launched "Annie's Annuals" nearly 30 years ago and they have remained dear to her (and our!) heart ever since. Since then, we've opened our arms to growing all manner of perennials, bulbs, trees, veggies, herbs, grasses and everything else under the horticultural sun. But truth be told, annuals will always remain our first love.

So how excited were we when our pal, the talented and wonderful Seattle-based horticulturalist and floral designer Riz Reyes, said he wanted to come talk about annuals here at the nursery? Over the moon!

Please join us as Riz rediscovers his love of annuals here at the Mothership of All Annuals. He'll share his “A–Z” list of favorites and why he loves them, as well as how he uses them in the garden and in containers. He may even be inspired to throw together an impromptu floral arrangement for one lucky audience member to take home!

Whether you're already a lover and planter of romantic, old-fashioned annuals or you're someone who needs convincing they're worth your time and effort, come learn about our most magical, rewarding, productive and beautiful long-blooming and self-sowing annuals. We promise you won't be disappointed!

Annie & Riz at the Mothership!

Nine Tried-and-True ESSENTIAL Annuals!

Cerinthe major purpurescens
Cosmos bipinnatus Double Cranberry
Antirhinum Chantilly Bronze

Cerinthe major purpurascens
Insanely easy to grow and flowers like crazy, with mesmerizing, smoky turquoise and purple arching flower clusters. Self-sows freely for multiple rounds each year and plenty of extras to hand out to new converts!

Cosmos bipinnatus
'Double Cranberry'

Our all-time favorite cosmos!
Extra ruffley 4" cranberry blooms perch atop sturdy 4’ tall stems. Easy to grow, boasts a long bloom season and, like all our cosmos, it makes a perfect cut flowers!

Antirrhinum majus
'Chantilly Bronze'

Delicately-scented, long-lasting blooms, from Spring into Fall! These frilly, old-fashioned flowers open in an exquisitely shifting color palette of sunset hues perched atop 3' tall stems perfect for cutting!

Coleus Chocolate Mint Zinnia elegans
'Benary's Giant Lime' Centaurea cyanus Blue Diadem Bachelor Buttons

Coleus 'Chocolate Mint'
Don't forget the foliage! Create jaw-dropping color contrast with these velvety chocolate-to-maroon spear-shaped leaves with bright minty-green, scalloped edges.
Makes a stunning, tropicalesque filler for floral arrangements!

Zinnia elegans
'Benary's Giant Lime'

We love these large flowered, 3' tall Zinnias with eye-popping lime green blooms 4-5” across! Prolific, drought tolerant and mildew resistant, all our giant Zinnias make excellent, long-lasting cut flowers!

Centaurea cyanus
'Blue Diadem'

A must-have cottage garden classic, forming a cloud of brilliant royal-blue blooms that appear in abundance Spring thru Fall. Makes an outrageously long-lasting cut flower, fresh or dried! Reseeds reliably!

Marigold Day of the Dead Orange Agrostemma githago Milas Celosia Cramers Amazon

‘Day of the Dead Orange’

ENORMOUS 5" brilliant orange pom-poms completely cover this hard to find marigold! It's a staple in our late Summer-Fall cutting gardens along with sunny-hued 'DOD Golden Yellow’!

Agrostemma githago 

One of our very favorite cottage garden charmers and a wonderful addition to the cutting garden with those big, satiny, bright rose blooms on long stems! Self-sows nicely for free future bouquets!

'Cramer's Amazon'

Discovered in Peru by cut flower grower Ralph Cramer, this insanely long blooming variety gives you hundreds of color shifting, violet-magenta-pink, 3" blooms on ruby-blushed stems.

Need more ANNUALS? Of course you do!

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Annie's Annuals & Perennials
Nursery: 740 Market Ave. Richmond, CA 94801
Business Office: 801 Chesley Ave. Richmond, CA, 94801
(888) 266-4370