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Fast Growing Annuals, Perennials and Shrubs

Looking to fill a few large spaces in your garden beds quickly? Check out this useful pictorial guide to fast growing annuals, perennials and shrubs for landscapes.

We understand. Instant gratification is incredibly satisfying in many aspects of our lives, even when it comes to our gardens. Maybe you’ve just built a new house and have some major spaces to fill, or you’ve finally yanked out those scrubby old shrubs in the backyard and want to put in something pretty. Maybe you need to build a living screen between you and a nosy neighbor.

Empty garden beds and containers beg to be filled, and when you plant fast growing plants like those we’re suggesting below, you’ll see results quickly. Start by establishing a mix of perennials and shrubs to create structure in your garden beds, then add liberal doses of vibrantly colored annuals. While you’re waiting for your perennials and shrubs to grow to their mature size, fast growing annuals make great fillers suppress the weeds while bringing cheerfulness to the garden.  

 

ANNUALS  

These annuals deliver masses of color in a short amount of time in garden beds and containers. You won’t need many to make a big visual impact.

Angelface® Super Blue
Angelonia


Golden Butterfly®
Argyranthemum

Silver Bullet®
Artemisia

Surefire® Rose
Begonia

Superbells® Dreamsicle® Calibrachoa
(best in containers)

Toucan® Scarlet
Canna
 

Senorita Rosalita®
Cleome

ColorBlaze® Rediculous®
Coleus
ColorBlaze® Strawberry Drop Coleus

Diamond Mountain®
Euphorbia

Suncredible Yellow
Helianthus

‘Sweet Caroline Light Green’ Ipomoea

Pink Chablis®
Lamium
Snow Princess®
Lobularia
Supertunia® Bordeaux
Petunia
Supertunia Vista® Bubblegum® PetuniaSnowstorm Giant Snowflake® SuteraTangerine Slice A-Peel® Thunbergia
Summer Wave® Large Blue
Toreni

Superbena® Stormburst
Verbena

 

 

PERENNIALS 

Three years is an average amount of time for most perennials to mature, but the ten pictured here will really start to impress from year one.


‘Firefly Sunshine’
Achillea


‘Serendipity’
Allium

‘Storm Cloud’
Amsonia

‘Tuscan Sun’
Heliopsis

‘Going Bananas’
Hemerocallis

‘Berry Awesome’
Hibiscus
 

‘Cat’s Pajamas’
Nepeta

‘Opening Act Ultrapink’
Phlox

‘Violet Riot’
Salvia

‘Pure Joy’
Sedum
  

 

SHRUBS

Fast growing shrubs are often used in new garden beds and landscapes to establish quick privacy and structure. Most of those pictured here are members of series which include additional colors. Find them all here.

Pugster® Amethyst
Buddleia

Beyond Midnight®
Caryopteris
 

Kodiak® Orange
Diervilla
 

Infinitini Watermelon® Lagerstroemia

Ginger Wine®
Physocarpus
 

At Last®
Rosa
 

Black Lace®
Sambucus

Double Play Doozie
Spiraea

Spring Grove®
Thuja

Sonic Bloom® Pink
Weigela
  

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