Creating Temporary Gardens With Annuals

temporary gardens - Sunflowers along fence

By Amanda S.

Although many gardeners work on their landscapes for the long haul, some may not be at their space for more than a season or don’t have the budget for perennial plants. The solution? Create a temporary or low-commitment garden with annual flowers! Use colorful annual wildflowers and flower bulbs for a spectacularly-designed carefree garden that's a reflection of your style and personality.

This is especially helpful if you're creating a garden at a home that you rent, if you're a beginning gardener, or if you just love to experiment. If you love so many flowers and just can't imagine committing to one long-lived perennial garden design, you can take on the challenge and thrill of creating a new design each season.

Great reasons to plant a garden with annual wildflower seeds that bloom just weeks after planting:

  1. If you’re renting an apartment or home and don’t want to invest in perennial plants
  2. You may not have the budget or design for a full perennial garden yet
  3. If you have upcoming work, changes, or renovations to your outdoor space (to create raised beds, upcoming renovations or hardscaping, etc)
  4. If you move into a new home late in the season and don’t have time to plant a perennial garden
  5. You want a guilt-free cut flower bed for endless bouquets all season long
  6. You have a very large garden bed that you want to fill without a lot of digging for individual plants

temporary gardens - Zinnias and Cornflower

Zinnias and Cornflower

Annual Flower Gardens: The Possibilities Are Endless

One of the best things about creating temporary gardens is that you aren’t stuck with the design forever. This gives you room to get creative and try different combinations you may not have tried in other circumstances. You can stick to varieties that you know and love, and branch out from there with different color combinations to see what looks good together (and what doesn’t).

Our most popular Annual Wildflowers:

Most Spring-Planted flower bulbs are perennial in only the warmest zones of the United States. You can use these flower bulbs as annuals. At the end of the season when winter arrives, you can dig up the bulbs to use next season, or start anew when spring comes. 

Our most popular flower bulbs:

Starting from seed makes flowers extremely easy to grow and extremely affordable. 

Learn More: How to store seed for next season

Learn More: How to store Dahlias for winter

 

Shop Annual Wildflower Seeds

  1. Zinnia Seeds Dahlia Flowered, Zinnia elegans

    Dahlia-Flowered Zinnias produce semi-double and double blooms that create a grand statement throughout the summer season. Like all Zinnias, this variety is extremely easy to grow, de...

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    Zinnia Seeds Dahlia Flowered Dahlia Flowered Zinnia Zinnia elegans
    As low as $9.95
    Per 1/4 Pound
    Dahlia-Flowered Zinnias produce semi-double and double blooms that create a grand statement throughout the summer season. Like all Zinnias, this variety is extremely easy to grow, deer resistant, and attractive to pollinators. Growing to be about 30-40” tall, Dahlia-Flowered Zinnias are perfect for the back border of the garden, meadow, or cutting bed. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual.
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  2. Zinnia Seeds, Zinnia elegans

    Blooming from mid-summer until frost, Zinnias are some of the easiest wildflowers to grow, adding their bright, cheerful color to any sunny spot with enthusiasm. These beloved annua...

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    Zinnia Seeds Zinnia Zinnia elegans
    As low as $9.95
    Per 1/4 Pound
    Blooming from mid-summer until frost, Zinnias are some of the easiest wildflowers to grow, adding their bright, cheerful color to any sunny spot with enthusiasm. These beloved annuals are deer resistant, long blooming and very prolific - the more you cut for bouquets, the more flowers your plants will produce. Best of all, they are a monarch butterfly magnet! All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
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  3. Orange and Yellow Sulphur Cosmos Seeds, Cosmos sulphureus Mix, Sulphur Cosmos Mix

    The perfect addition to any sunny meadow or garden, Sulphur Cosmos light up the mid-season garden, blooming a stunning orange and yellow all the way into the fall. Sulphur Cosmos are...

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    Sulphur Cosmos Seeds Sulphur Cosmos Cosmos sulphureus
    As low as $8.95
    Per 1/4 Pound
    The perfect addition to any sunny meadow or garden, Sulphur Cosmos light up the mid-season garden, blooming a stunning orange and yellow all the way into the fall. Sulphur Cosmos are extremely easy to grow in any region and attract a variety of hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden. The bright blooms also make for gorgeous cut bouquets! All of the seed we handle at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual.
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  4. Pink and White Cosmos Seeds Picotee, Cosmos bipinnatus, Cosmos

    Cosmos "Picotee" is a newer version everyone loves. White with rosy red edging on petals. Grows to only 4 ft. Annual....

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    Cosmos Seeds Picotee Cosmos Cosmos bipinnatus
    As low as $17.95
    Per 1/4 Pound
    Cosmos "Picotee" is a newer version everyone loves. White with rosy red edging on petals. Grows to only 4 ft. Annual.
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7 Temporary Garden Designs

Below are several fantastic garden designs with annual flowers!

temporary gardens - zinnias and cornflower along greenhouse

Zinnias & Cornflower

temporary gardens - dahlias

Dahlia & Sunflowers

temporary gardens - the mini meadow

Wildflower Meadow Mix, Sunflowers, and Dahlias

 

 

temporary gardens - cut flowers

One of our favorite parts about annual gardens is the abundance of cut flowers! Sunflowers, Cosmos, and Zinnias shown here. 

temporary gardens - Zinnias and Cornflower

An easy combination of Zinnias and Bachelor Buttons on the narrow side of the greenhouse.

temporary gardens - circle meadow

This fiery circle meadow was filled with easy-to-grow Cosmos, Zinnias, and Forget-Me-Nots.
 

temporary gardens - Sunflowers along property line

Sunflowers can create a wall of color along the edge of a property line or along a fence. 

 

Let your imagination shine with your temporary garden design using annual wildflowers! 

 

Shop Annual Wildflowers

  1. Zinnia Seeds, Zinnia elegans

    Blooming from mid-summer until frost, Zinnias are some of the easiest wildflowers to grow, adding their bright, cheerful color to any sunny spot with enthusiasm. These beloved annua...

    Learn More
    Zinnia Seeds Zinnia Zinnia elegans
    As low as $9.95
    Per 1/4 Pound
    Blooming from mid-summer until frost, Zinnias are some of the easiest wildflowers to grow, adding their bright, cheerful color to any sunny spot with enthusiasm. These beloved annuals are deer resistant, long blooming and very prolific - the more you cut for bouquets, the more flowers your plants will produce. Best of all, they are a monarch butterfly magnet! All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
    Learn More
  2. Red Poppy, Papaver rhoeas

    Red Poppy, also known as Flanders Poppy, is famed around the world for the carpet of red beauty it creates when in full bloom. A must-have for any wildflower meadow or garden, this e...

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    Red Poppy Seeds Red Poppy, Corn Poppy, Flanders Poppy, Shirley Poppy Papaver rhoeas
    As low as $16.95
    Per 1/4 Pound
    Red Poppy, also known as Flanders Poppy, is famed around the world for the carpet of red beauty it creates when in full bloom. A must-have for any wildflower meadow or garden, this easy-to-grow annual delights with bright blooms throughout the summer season. Deer resistant and attractive to pollinators, Red Poppies can be planted in any region of the US. We're proud to sell only 100% pure, non-GMO and neonicotinoid-free seeds. Guaranteed to grow.
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  3. Orange California Poppy Seeds, Eschscholzia californica

    Although California Poppies are famous for illuminating entire hillsides on the West coast, their bright orange blooms can be planted and enjoyed almost anywhere. These deer resistan...

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    California Poppy Seeds California Poppy Eschscholzia californica
    As low as $15.95
    Per 1/4 Pound
    Although California Poppies are famous for illuminating entire hillsides on the West coast, their bright orange blooms can be planted and enjoyed almost anywhere. These deer resistant annuals flower from spring all the way into summer and will often re-bloom again in the fall. Native, easy to grow and tolerant of most soils. We're proud to sell only 100% pure, non-GMO and neonicotinoid-free seeds that are guaranteed to grow.
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  4. Zinnia Seeds Cut and Come Again Mix, Zinnia elegans

    Blooming in a rainbow of colors, the Cut and Come Again Mixture provides endless Zinnias from mid-summer all the way until frost, giving you plenty of blooms to cut and bring indoors...

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    Zinnia Seeds Cut and Come Again Mix Cut and Come Again Zinnia Zinnia elegans
    As low as $9.95
    Per 1/4 Pound
    Blooming in a rainbow of colors, the Cut and Come Again Mixture provides endless Zinnias from mid-summer all the way until frost, giving you plenty of blooms to cut and bring indoors. Like all Zinnia, this mixture is extremely easy to grow, deer resistant and attracts pollinators to the garden. Can be grown in any region. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual.
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