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How to Use Annuals and Perennials in Your Garden
26 April 2016

flower gardening

Planting a flower garden is definitely a great idea. There is nothing quite like the beauty of freshly picked flowers that can completely transform your interior. Gardening associated with caring for flowers is not only a pleasurable activity, but also quite rewarding in terms of providing a great look of the place and beautiful flowers.

Once you are ready with the decision to start your very own flower garden, all you have to consider is what type of flowers you want to include: annuals or perennials. In order to provide the best garden care for your flowers, you have to take into account the specifics for each of the two types and decide which one best fits the conditions of your region and your capabilities as a gardener. That way you ensure the best possible results and best looking flowers you can find around. Let’s delve deeper into the specifics of annual and perennial plants.

annual plants

Annual flowers - in short, annual plants complete a life cycle in a single year - regardless whether you plant from seed or acquire seedlings. You can expect an annual flower to sprout, flower, seed and then finish the cycle by dying out in the same year.
- Annual flowers produce more flowers than perennials. This is because they only live for a single season and thus produce large offspring (seeds).
- Since they bloom for a longer period than perennials, annual flowers are considered prettier and better looking. They are usually very bright and can be effectively used to show off your gardening skills, because of this ‘eye-catching’ quality.
- You can have diversity and flexibility with annual flowers. If you like to experiment with different flowers every year, buying a different type of annuals will ensure that you acquire a new look with ease. If you like to experiment and diversify your gardening, annual flowers present the best opportunity.

annuals
- Annuals are great for filling specific spots, which would otherwise remain empty. They are great in landscaping, as expert gardeners use them to add colour and life in specific spots of their gardens. When you need a temporary solution, annual flowers are a perfect choice.
- Because of their nature, most of the annual flowers you can find in nurseries are normally cheap to buy. One additional bonus you get comes from the fact that some annual flowers may sprout anew next year.
- Annual plants are usually not associated with growing zones. There is no need to assign them to any zone, simply because they don’t last for a longer period than last frost to first frost every year. This is an easy way to tell if a flower plant is annual or perennial.

perennial flowers

Perennial flowers – the main thing about perennials is that they live for more than one growing season. The way they can be planted is from seed or bulb. Planting the bulbs in the fall will produce plants in the spring.
- Perennial flowers have a shorter blooming period. They don’t have the same energetic blooming like annual flowers.
- Gardeners may use a combination of perennial plants that bloom at different times to maintain colour from spring to autumn.

perennials
- Growing zones are mostly designed for perennial plants. When you are selecting such plants from the nursery, you should be looking for growing zones to determine which ones are best suited for the area you are living in.
- Perennial flowers are great for people who are not expert gardeners and don’t want to replant every year. Perennial flowers can save you a great deal of trouble when it comes to garden care and maintenance, as they require less work.

Consider the specifics of annual and perennial flower before you plant your garden. This will enable you to better plan what you need to do and better look after the plants.



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