It has the happy capability of enjoying conditions a little more moist than will suit many hardy annuals â even in winter. Forsythia with Tulips, Pansies, Daffodils and Grape Hyacinths. This is a list of the Annual Plants I have grown and loved and which have proven easy to grow in Australia. Dianthus are available in many varieties, but the low-growing annual varieties commonly called âpinksâ are hardy enough to grow and bloom through the winter months. This is vital if they are in pots. It is a wonderful ground cover - so exquisitely pretty - and the thing is it flowers for most of the year. Some may be hundreds of years old, or they may even be from the 1900's. These are the ones which gives us so much joy in the winter - as we pore over the seed catalogues once more. Itâs perfect for planting beneath trees or naturalising in grass. If you are looking for Winter Flowering Plants and those for Australia, they are now on their own page. I would never be without this gorgeous flower, even if I kept it in a pot which I have done many times. However, for the stars of our gardens, the Perennial flowers - those who just keep coming back every year - discover their amazing secret. Although this same group of flowers is most commonly planted in early spring, they can also be planted in fall and will grow and thrive in the cool winter weather. But not quite! If you are in a cold climate, this humble little plant would probably be considered a very tender annual. I would never be without this gorgeous flower, even if I kept it in a pot which I have done many times. They bloom prolifically, especially if you deadhead the faded flowers. In cooler climates seeds are best sown earlier, in February or March. For many gardeners, annuals are a go-to solution for many garden needs. Many overseas visitors believe that the whole of Australia is hot and dry, and find it to be quite different after a visit or looking online. It really is a good idea to have some Heirloom varieties amongst all your annual plants, just to keep in touch with the good old fashioned gardens. Cold climate annual plants can be found in such places as the Snowy Mountains, Braidwood (the loveliest town in the world), the Blue Mountains in NSW, along the Great Divide, Gippsland in Victoria, the Granite Belt of NSW/QLD famous for its fruit, and Toowoomba (The Garden City) which is set right on the edge of the Great Divide in Qld, and so many other places. Winter annuals add color and cheer to any cool season garden. Drought Hardy Jewels. They are best started indoors the first year, or sown outdoors after the last frost date in spring. They are known as "hardy annuals," and will bloom right through the winter months in milder climates. Flowering stockâs clove-like scent makes it great for â¦ Lovely. Just click on most images on this site to enlarge them and see their credit source. From the late Col Campbell (Gardening Australia) about annual plants: "Botanically speaking, annuals are plants that germinate, flower and die in one year. Winter annuals go by many different names, including cool-season annuals, hardy annuals and frost-tolerant annuals. If you begin collecting them, then you run the risk of becoming a real collector. If youâre looking for colorful flowers for winter that can survive a winter chill, this is your list. They are still in the same planting and flowering seasons but they will flower at different times. Other annuals with the same bloom period are Cosmos, Marigolds, Snapdragons, Ageratum, Dianthus, Impatiens and Petunias and so many more. Plants such as pansies that normally would shun the bright sun are more tolerant of full sun. The reason why they still manage to reseed in the garden is because they make millions of seeds. Even in the sub-tropics where I live we still have to wait and wait for spring to bring us the flowering bulbs, and the annual plants which we plant from seed. If you love Petunias and it's too cold to grow them, then the amazing new hybrid is for you. They are known as "hardy annuals," and will bloom right through the winter months in milder climates. Scroll down to see a list of all my favourite Annual Plants, and also Annuals you can grow in Australia as well as great Winter Flowers for Australia. These close cousins are the first annual flowers to appear in garden centers every spring. soft stems and leaves and die down to ground level. It's for us. My favourite Heirloom Annuals are the Cream Freesias. With its tiny pale blue flower clusters, it is the perfect shrub to fill in large gaps or to make a hedge. After the beauty of your fall flowers fade, you may think you need to wait for spring to enjoy pretty outdoor plants and flowers again. Here's a list of our favourite winter flowering plants appropriate for Australian gardens. How perennials actually use the snow and cold underground to survive the winter. Three Types of Flowers. Gray ... Annuals and biennials Easy to grow and fast to flower, annuals and biennials bring quick colour to the garden. Herbaceous plants, as opposed to woody plants, have soft stems and leaves and die down to ground level - but no further - during the colder months. These are what I call Annual Perennials - because they are definitely perennials but they flower for only one season of the year. It's leaves will remain, but we always cut them back. They will rejuvenate themselves and bloom again soon. And one day it went no higher than 4C. Building a garden you can be proud of.