Annuals, Perennials, Flowers
Though some include the word “weed” in their common name, the plants listed here are anything but weeds—they’re showy, easy-to-grow garden plants. All bloom in summer, typically bearing many small, starlike flowers in broad, flattened clusters at or near the branch tips. Their inflated seedpods split open to reveal silky seeds and milky sap. Their nectar attracts butterflies.
Zones 8, 9, 12–24; H1, H2; all zones as annual. Native to South America. Woody-based plant with stiff stems and narrow 6-in. leaves; grows to 3 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide. Clusters of vivid red flowers. ‘Red Butterflies’ has bright orange-scarlet flowers. ‘Silky Gold’ is similar but bears bright yellow to yellow-orange blooms. Moderate water.
Native to South America. Upright, open habit, 2–3 ft. tall and 1 ft. wide. Stems and narrowly ob...
Winter squash is grown for harvest in late summer or fall; it stores well and is used for baking and f...
From Europe and Asia. Perennial grown as a cool-season annual. Spring bloomer to 6–12 in tall an...