Annuals, Perennials & Biennials
What's the difference between Annual, Perennial & Biennial Plants?
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Knowing the difference between annual vs. perennial plants will help you understand how each type will behave in your garden.
Perennial plants regrow every spring, while annual plants live for only one growing season, then die off.
Perennials generally have a shorter blooming period compared to annuals, so it's common for gardeners to use a combination of both plants in their yard.
Annuals are relatively inexpensive. They give you a lot of flower power for your money, and many bloom all spring, summer and fall.
Most are low-maintenance, self-cleaning plants, which means they drop their flowers naturally when the blooms finish. Others need to be deadheaded to encourage the flowers to keep coming.
Biennials finish their life cycle in just two years. They produce foliage the first year, waiting to bloom until the second year. After that, the original plant dies. Biennials include pansies, forget-me-nots, foxgloves, Dianthus and hollyhocks. Like annuals, some biennials self-sow, so it can seem like they keep returning year after year.
What are some native perennials?
We are a year round Greenhouse & Nursery and we stock a large variety of native perennials each season. Perennials are tough plants.
They're less fussy about when you plant them or move them. Most perennials can be planted any time from the last winter frost through autumn. Our rule of thumb with perennials is, if you can dig the hole there is still time to plant.