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Annuals vs Perennials: What's the Difference?

What’s The Difference?

Are you unsure about the difference between annuals and perennials? Don’t worry you’re not alone! According to The National Gardening Association the difference is "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 a very popular option because they are in bloom for an extended period of time. They can add beautiful seasonal colors 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. If you are interested in changing up your landscape each year with new flowers, then annuals are right for you.


Perennials are both a beautiful and cost-effective addition 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. Come springtime, we will get into your flower beds and remove winter mulch from around perennials or, if already well composted, work into the top layer of the soil. This will help the soil and flowers get a breath of fresh air.

Brighten Up Your Landscape

Regardless of whether you choose to fill your yard with annuals, perennials, or a combination of both, flowers are a wonderful way 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! If you want to see some of our past work or request a quote online, check out our website!


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