Now that is spring, you will want to choose plants for your garden. If you walk into a garden center or nursery, you will noticed two different types of plants: annuals and perennials. But what do these terms means?
An annual is plant that completes its life cycle in one growing season. In other words, annuals have to be re-planted each year.
Annuals give gardeners the freedom and the creativity to change up the look and design of the garden each year. With their limited life span, annuals make the most out of their time, growing quickly and blooming profusely. Annuals tend to be more showy than perennials, producing more flowers per plant than the average perennial.
They are perfect for creating a carpet of colour and covering up bare spots in the garden. Annuals are versatile plants that do well both in a garden bed and in containers.
At the garden centre, the annuals starter plants are sold by the tray, called flats, and are generally less expensive than perennials.
A perennial is a plant that can live over two years. Perennials, especially smaller flowering plants will bloom over the spring and summer and then die back every autumn and winter, returning in the following spring. In colder climates, some perennials are often treated as annuals.
Perennials are perfect for gardeners that want don’t want to replant each year and still be rewarded with beautiful flowers in the garden. Generally, perennial flowers start off small and sparse in the first year, and with each growing season, the blooms will be bigger and more abundant.
For beginner gardeners, perennials would be the best choice, as they are easier to grow and take less effort. They are hardy plants and some of them can survive harsh temperatures and conditions. Plus, there are thousands of different plants to choose from to suit your gardening needs!
Perennials are sold individually and are a bit more expensive than annuals, as these plants have a longer life expectancy.
Still can’t decide between the two? Many gardeners fill their landscape primarily with perennials and add annuals sparingly, to add colour and interest to the garden. Annuals can also be purchased in planters for display on decks, patios, and porches.
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