Annual plants are here-today, gone-tomorrow party girls. They may have just one season in the sun, but what a season: they flower for an incredibly long time and are invariably so spectacularly beautiful you'll lose your heart to them.

We stock two kindsof annuals: hardy annuals to sow direct from March onwards, and half-hardies to sow under cover as they don't like frost. Here are just some you'll find in our nursery in Co. Limerick.

Hardy annuals:
Alyssum: lacy white flowers, sweetly scented
Poached egg plant (Limnanthes douglasii): cheery yellow-and-white flowers
Sweet William: A well known and loved plant enjoying a bit of a revival
Mysotis: better known as Forget-me-nots, powder blue flowers in abundance
Nasturtiums: abundant red, orange or creamy flowers over rounded leaves

Half-hardy annuals:
Cosmos: large pink, purple and white daisy type flowers with yellow centres on long stems
Marigolds: A classic available in brilliant scarlets, yellows and oranges
Impatiens: Busy Lizzies are ideal for that shaded spot but not before June
Nemesia: another perfect container plant with pretty, delicate blooms
Tobacco plant (Nicotiana): charming open flowers in pink, cream and green over big leafy rosettes

Please ask the staff in our garden centre in Co. Limerick for more information and advice about choosing and growing annuals.