Best fast-growing flowering annuals – to fill your borders with blooms in record time
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Best fast-growing flowering annuals – to fill your borders with blooms in record time

Growing flowering annuals is an easy and cost-effective way of filling borders and containers with colorful blooms. Whether you have a large yard or a small terrace, annuals can be relied upon to flower for much of the summer. Annuals germinate, grow, flower, produce seed and die all within one season, so they are the ideal temporary fix to fill those gaps in the garden border.

As a professional gardener, I have grown many annuals from seed, and have found that these plants can add impact to borders when positioned alongside shrubs and perennials. Annuals, I think, are important seasonal plants, and as they come and go in a short space of time, gardeners can experiment with color, texture and form. Growing pinks and oranges and yellows in one border might sound too much, but why not give it a go? More is more, as they say.

Many of the best annual flowers are ideal plants for any level of gardener, and whether you are an experienced grower or new to gardening, annuals are quick to germinate and tend to be long-flowering. What’s more, many of my favorite annuals are fast-growing, with a short amount of time from germination to blooming. Here, I share some of the best fast-growing flowering annuals for you to try this year.

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Fast-growing flowering annuals