Do You Know The Difference Between Perennial And Annual Flowers?

I can’t tell you how many times I’m in a nursery at a big box store and I hear people asking each other “Hey! Is annual the one that comes back every year? I can never remember if it’s that … or a perrennial!”

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Perennials are those plants that continue to grow year-after-year.

Whereas, annuals are planted in the spring and early summer months, bloom for the one season, and then die.


Perennials provide an exciting array of color from late spring through the summer season. Some perennials even bloom in late summer to early fall. Consult with your local nursery for the exact species. And perennials require less care once they’ve been planted in ideal spots. In Connecticut, perennial blooms last an average of four-to-six weeks. Best of all—after about four years, perennials can be divided to make more flowers. Can you believe it? That’s a huge bonus! Perennials are initially more expensive (and some don’t bloom for the first couple seasons after they’ve been planted). But the good news is: one investment and they return every year.


Annual flowers require work and constant attention (like watering). And each year you want to plant, the planting soil must be reworked. I don’t know about you, but planting new flowers every year becomes time-consuming—not to mention expensive. If you wish to invest the time, go for it! Annuals are commonly used as border plants, or in containers and flower boxes to add instant color to the landscape.


You’ll have to purchase new annuals each year to fill your garden with all those snappy colors.


Many hardy perennials such as day lillies, hostas & iris’s can be planted and may produce flowers during the first season. Gardeners often accent their perennial gardens with annual flowers that add instant color. This provides the lawnscape with staggered bloom times so you have color for much of the season.

Happy planting!

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