Annual plants are a great way to keep your garden colourful and flowered all summer long. The term annual comes from the latin annus, meaning 'year', which is how long annual plants take to grow, flower, reproduce and die. There are three different types of annual plant:
Hardy annuals can withstand colder weather than other annuals. As a result you can start growing these in the spring months, as early as March or April.
Half-hardy annuals cannot withstand cold like hardy annuals so they must be either sown later in the year when the temperature increases, or alternatively you can begin growing them indoors in spring.