Have you ever wondered about the difference between perennials and annuals? You’ve come to the right place! Quite simply, the difference lies within plant life cycles. The type of plants you select will determine your garden’s overall appearance and installation methods.
The life expectancy of an annual plant is relatively short; they typically last until early autumn. Annuals come from seeds that are planted in spring. They will flower and produce vibrant colour throughout the summer, until the weather starts to become cooler. They are ideal for flowerbeds, decorative pots or containers, hanging baskets, and gardens. If you don’t mind installing new plants every year to achieve instant, seasonal color, then perhaps annuals may be right for you.
Perennials, on the other hand, will last much longer than annuals. Although perennials require slightly more maintenance, such as possible trimming or cutting, their investment will pay off as they bloom every year. Perennials will “sleep” throughout the winter, only to wake up again in the spring!
It is also possible to use perennials as annuals. It is very common for landscapers to use perennial plants from warmer planting zones (refer to article here) in their gardens. These plants may be larger and more exotic, increasing the visual appeal of the garden. However, since they are native to a warmer region, these plants will behave like annuals in the fall, as they cannot withstand our winter climate.
Visit your local, Manitoban nurseries to find the right plant for your gardening project!