You can save money on annuals by starting them from seeds rather than buying them in containers at the nursery. You can also easily get the exact plant you want, ordering packets of seeds from seed catalogs, which have a much wider selection of varieties than the typical nursery. It is a simple matter of germinating the seeds and tending to the seedlings.
Some good annuals for starting indoors are Statice (limonium sinuatum), Globe amaranth (gomphrena), Sweet asylum, Bell of Ireland (molucella laevis), zinnias, torch flower, bachelor’s button (centaurea cyanus) and strawflower (helichrysum).
You will need the following:
– Seed starting containers
– Soil-less seed starting mix