The Difference Between Annuals and Perennials

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Do you know the difference between annual and perennial flowers in the garden? 

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annuals vs. perennials

There are many differences between these two types of flowers. Hopefully this will help you decide which works best for your garden style.

Annuals are plants that complete their life cycle in one growing season. They are planted in the spring, bloom throughout the summer, and then die in the fall.


Perennials are plants that come back year after year. They may not bloom as profusely as annuals, but they have a longer lifespan.


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The Bloom Time

Annuals typically bloom all season long, providing a constant source of color in your garden. Perennials may only bloom for a few weeks or months each year.

Annuals are replanted every year, which is time consuming and costly. Perennials are planted once and come back each year with proper care and maintenance.

Maintenance & Care

Annuals are generally less expensive because they need to be replanted every year. Perennials can be more expensive up front, but they pay off in the long run because they come back every year.


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Climate & Growing Conditions

Annuals are typically more adaptable and can thrive in a variety of climates and soil types. Perennials require special soil conditions and climate to thrive.

Many perennials provide food and habitat for pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. Annuals may not have as much impact on ecosystems, but still provide food and habitat for wildlife.

Wildlife & Ecosystems

Both annuals or perennials  have their pros and cons. It really depends on your specific garden needs.

Why not choose both annuals, with their constant blooms, and perennials, for their longevity and versatility.

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