The question I hear most at the garden center is “Are annuals the ones that come back every year or do I have to plant them every year?”. In my immediate defensive answer I explain to them yes, you plant them every year, BUT they provide beautiful summer color all season long! Although perennials will come back year after year, many will only produce color for 4-6 weeks. I mean who doesn’t want showy, bright colorful flowers in their gardens and containers ALL SUMMER LONG?!?! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a hater. I love perennials too (especially ones that have interesting foliage or other fun attributes). And a great mix of annuals and perennials can’t be beat. But for me, annuals are where it’s at. So check out these pics of some fun annuals and see why you should care about annuals anyway!