Water-Wise Annuals


Portulaca or Moss Rose (Portulaca grandiflorum) Photo credit: douneika Flickr CCBY-NC-SA 2.0

  Zinnia (Zinnia spp.) Photo credit: Selena N.B.H. Flickr CC BY 2.0
  Shade tolerant plants in hanging baskets provide summer long color and conserve more water than those in full sun.
Photo credit: Bankside Nigel Paine Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0

Water-wise annual plants can provide bold color and texture in the landscape all summer. Water-wise annuals are available in many colors and flower types and sizes. Annuals are useful for filling in bare spots during perennial establishment. They can be used as bedding plants or in pots and hanging baskets.

Annual Plants

An true annual is a plant whose complete life-cycle occurs in one growing season and then dies. Many plants sold in areas where frosts and freezes occur are true perennials in warmer climates. 

Water-Wise Annual Plants

A water-wise annual is a plant that thrives in hot, dry conditions while retains its aesthetic value with infrequent watering over the course of one growing season.

Additional Resources:


Planttalk Colorado – Annuals

Xeriscaping: Perennial and Annual Flowers

Utah Water-Wise Annuals FAQ

Washington Drought Tolerant Annuals


Drought Tolerant Plants for New Hampshire Landscapes

Pennsylvania: Drought and the Landscape Garden


Alabama Annual Bedding Plants