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. Confetti Zinnia Mix, Zinnia elegans Confetti Mix

    A mix of yellow, red, lime, purple, orange, and magenta zinnias for a bright and festive flower display! Enjoy these colorful flowers blooming right through frost in flowerpots, gard...

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    Confetti Zinnia Seed Mix Confetti Zinnia Mix Zinnia elegans Confetti Mix
    As low as $12.95
    Per 1/4 Pound
    A mix of yellow, red, lime, purple, orange, and magenta zinnias for a bright and festive flower display! Enjoy these colorful flowers blooming right through frost in flowerpots, garden beds, or a meadow, and watch the parade of pollinators that join this flower fiesta. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual.
  2. 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 $11.95
    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.
  3. Double Sun Sunflower, Helianthus annuus Double Sun

    Double Sun Sunflowers feature double solid gold petals surrounding lime green centers. Large 7-9-inch-wide blooms add cheerful color and unusual texture to your garden and cut flower...

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    Sunflower Seeds Double Sun Double Sun Sunflower Helianthus annuus Double Sun
    As low as $19.95
    Per 1/4 Pound
    Double Sun Sunflowers feature double solid gold petals surrounding lime green centers. Large 7-9-inch-wide blooms add cheerful color and unusual texture to your garden and cut flower arrangements. Plant to feeds bees, butterflies, and birds. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free, and guaranteed to grow. Annual. (Helianthus)
  4. Peachy Keen Zinnia Mix, Zinnia elegans Peachy Keen Mix

    Our Peachy Keen Zinnia Seed Mix will fill your garden with warm sun-kissed hues. Easy-to-grow Zinnias in yellow, coral, pink, and orange will bloom all summer, drawing pollinators an...

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    Peachy Keen Zinnia Seed Mix Peachy Keen Zinnia Mix Zinnia elegans Peachy Keen Mix
    As low as $12.95
    Per 1/4 Pound
    Our Peachy Keen Zinnia Seed Mix will fill your garden with warm sun-kissed hues. Easy-to-grow Zinnias in yellow, coral, pink, and orange will bloom all summer, drawing pollinators and hummingbirds to your garden for a sweet treat. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual.

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. Sulphur Cosmos & Zinnia Seed Combo

    For a vibrant dose of summer color, plant our Sulphur Cosmos & Zinnia Seed Combo. Sulphur Cosmos dance among coral, white, and berry purple Zinnias for a flower display that lights u...

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    Sulphur Cosmos & Zinnia Seed Combo Sulphur Cosmos & Under The Sea Zinnia Mix Cosmos sulphureus & Zinnia elegans Under The Sea Mix
    $45.95
    Per 2 Pounds
    For a vibrant dose of summer color, plant our Sulphur Cosmos & Zinnia Seed Combo. Sulphur Cosmos dance among coral, white, and berry purple Zinnias for a flower display that lights up your garden from summer through fall. Easy to grow for pollinator-friendly plantings and cheerful cut flowers. Non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free, and guaranteed to grow. Annual. (Cosmos sulphureus and Zinnia elegans)
  2. Pink and Red and White Cosmos Seeds, Cosmos bipinnatus

    Cosmos lights up the garden or meadow in midsummer with pink, crimson and white flowers that hold until frost on tall plants. Attractive to both butterflies and hummingbirds, its col...

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    Cosmos Seeds Cosmos Cosmos bipinnatus
    As low as $12.95
    Per 1/4 Pound
    Cosmos lights up the garden or meadow in midsummer with pink, crimson and white flowers that hold until frost on tall plants. Attractive to both butterflies and hummingbirds, its colorful and abundant blooms are easy to grow in any region. Cosmos is a popular cutting flower with ferny foliage and strong stems and looks lovely planted along a fenceline. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
  3. Confetti Zinnia Mix, Zinnia elegans Confetti Mix

    A mix of yellow, red, lime, purple, orange, and magenta zinnias for a bright and festive flower display! Enjoy these colorful flowers blooming right through frost in flowerpots, gard...

    Learn More
    Confetti Zinnia Seed Mix Confetti Zinnia Mix Zinnia elegans Confetti Mix
    As low as $12.95
    Per 1/4 Pound
    A mix of yellow, red, lime, purple, orange, and magenta zinnias for a bright and festive flower display! Enjoy these colorful flowers blooming right through frost in flowerpots, garden beds, or a meadow, and watch the parade of pollinators that join this flower fiesta. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual.
  4. 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 $12.95
    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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