Annual plants are those whose life cycle lasts for only one year. Their life cycle begins with the germination of the seed. The plant then blooms, producing the next generation of seed, after which the parent plant dies. Removing the blooms prior to them going to seed will prolong the life of the plant. Annual plants will often re-seed themselves, or the seeds may be collected, prepared and re-sown.  Annuals are an excellent way to create a great splash of summer color in the garden, or for long blooming annual baskets