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Annuals and Perennials

Annuals and Perennials

Have you ever wondered what the difference between annuals and perennials is? According to The National Gardening Association the difference is "Plants can be classified as either annual, biennial, or perennial. Annual plants live for only one growing season, during which they produce seeds, then die. Familiar annual plants include impatiens, zinnias, and sunflowers. Biennial plants, such as some types of foxglove, live for two growing seasons before setting seed and dying. The term perennial is reserved for plants that live for more than two years."

Annuals are very popular because they although their life cycle is only one year, they are in bloom for an extended period of time within that year. They can add beautiful seasonal color from Spring until Fall, but then need to be planted again the following Spring at which time they will repeat their life cycle. Another benefit of annuals is their ability to give your landscape a fresh look every year! Some popular annuals are marigolds, dahlias, and geraniums.

Perennials are wonderful additions to your landscape because they live for - on average - three to five years. However, unlike annuals, they typically are only in bloom for one to three weeks each year. Popular perennials include tulips, peonies, and lilies.

Regardless of whether you choose to fill your yard with annuals, perennials, or a combination of both, flowers are a wonderful to add color and variety to your home. Give us a call to discuss your options, and we will help you determine what is best for you and your home!


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