Gardening 101: What’s the Difference Between Annuals and Perennials?

While some of our readers are no doubt expert gardeners, this series is aimed at those who are just getting their feet wet in the gardening world. This is both an exciting and overwhelming place to be; there is a whole world of beautiful flowery possibilities out there, but when you don’t know much about plants, that can also be daunting. That’s where The Family Tree comes in; we are here to help you and answer all your questions!

Today’s topic is annuals vs. perennials; knowing the difference between these two types of flowers willzinnia-3 help you make the most not only of what you already have growing in your yard, but also how you would like your garden to look later on.

Annuals – This type of flower lives for one growing season. Annuals tend to be bright and showy, which make them a colorful addition to your garden, containers and hanging baskets. Annuals are the perfect choice for those of you who love to have fresh color all season long. Many bloom from spring until frost. Annuals like Marigolds, Vinca, Zinnias, Begonias, Petunias, Angelonia, Geraniums and Portulaca can be mixed and matched for garden and hanging basket beauty.

Perennials – Perfect for gardeners who prefer to plant once and enjoy the fruits of their labor for more than a year. Perennials are plants that bloom year after year. This type of plant tends to have a shorter blooming season than annuals, but makes up for it by coming back each year. Since perennials tend to bloom for a few weeks to a month, planting different varieties can offer a longer blooming season. Popular perennials include Echinacea, Daylilies, Hosta, Rudbeckia, and Lantana, but there are hundreds of varieties to sg050602lantana200choose from.

Every garden has a place for both annuals and perennials. Having a selection of each gives your garden and landscape both interesting textures and colors year round. Let our GA Certified Plant Professionals at The Family Tree Garden Center help you design and plan your perfect garden! Be sure to check out our top picks for fall annuals!

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