It’s back… It’s spring!! During this spring season, we may find ourselves looking to buy annuals or perennials to decorate our flowerbeds or to give as a gift for Easter or Mother’s Day. This is why we see the garden centers bustling with life and filling the shelves with plants. But how do you decide which plant (annuals or perennials), what is the difference, and which one is best for you?
As the name implies, an annual is a plant that lives for just one season. Whether you plant from seed or purchase seedlings to plant, an annual will sprout, flower, seed, and then die all in the same year. Popular annuals include zinnias, marigolds and inpatiens. The advantage of an annual is it will give you color all season long.
By contrast, perennials live for three more growing seasons, are generally more drought-resistant than annuals, and can be planted from bulb or seed. Iris, peonies, daisies, and daylilies are common perennials.
You may have a spot in your flower bed where a perennial displays wonderful color in spring. Once the spring flowers fade, however, something may be needed to fill the gap with color. That’s the job of an annual. By combining the benefits of each, the dependability of perennials with the season-long color of annuals- you can create a garden that’s a showcase from spring through the fall.
Remember: Hardened off perennials and pansies can be planted anytime now but wait until after the last frost to plant annuals.
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