The Difference Between Annuals and Perennials

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Flowers | 0 comments

I’d like to talk to you a little bit about the difference between annuals and perennials. If you’re like me and love to garden, you may be wondering what the difference is between annuals and perennials and if it really matters what you plant.

Well that all depends on what you’re looking to achieve with your garden. There are tons of different flowers and even different variations of the same flower, they key is to not get overwhelmed. Take the time to research what you’re looking for and what you want,  So let’s go ahead and jump right in. Annuals are the flowers that you must plant year after year, or annually.

Some quick examples of flowers like these are impatiens, petunias, marigolds, and begonias just to name a few. These are flowers that you want to plant during the warm seasons, anytime from midspring throughout the summer.  These flowers are great to have during this time because they will give you beautiful colored flowers from the time you plant them all the way through the fall.

Now let’s talk a bit about the perennials. Well perennials are a great asset to have as part of your garden, because with proper planting, love, and some water, these beauties will continue to come back every year and bloom for you.

The difference being that they will not continue to bloom all season long. Perennials are different because they only bloom for a selected amount of time. Once they have bloomed for a month or two, the blooms will fall off, and you will just be left with the green plant that’s there. Salvia, artunesia, and alfalfa are examples of some perennials you could plant around your home, depending on where you live.

These types of plants are often great to be used for ground cover or add texture to your garden, because the green plant will stay there for the entire season and reappear the next year, stronger and fuller than it was before. There are also a few types of flowers such as dianthus which can be confusing, because they come in both annual and perennial varieties depending on which one meets your needs.

So how do you decide whether to use annuals or perennials in your garden? The best answer I can give you is to use some of both. Mix the annuals in around the perennials to add a nice color pattern to your garden. Maybe you could plant the perennials in the back where they can grow taller and fuller with each blooming season, and put the annuals up front so you don’t have as much to plant. Using both varieties will ensure that you have color for the summer seasons and have color coming back next year to start your spring off right.

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