Annual & Perennial Flowers Provide Year Round Color
Annual flowers are those plants which completer
their life cycle in one year. For our purposes in this website we
will include in the annuals group all plants generally treated as
annuals in our climate. Some such plants may be perennials in a
milder climate and some are actually biennials, in that they begin
their life cycle in one year and complete it in the next.
Annuals provide instant color to our
landscapes. There is a wide range of annuals to choose from
including both flowering plants and foliage color plants. Some
annuals thrive in the cool season while others are warm season
plants. To keep your landscape beds attractive year round may
require at least 2 or 3 successive plantings of annual plants
through the year.
Perennials flowers are plants that return year
after year. In most cases they die back to near the ground line in
winter and return in the spring. This separates them from woody
ornamentals that last for years but retain their above ground
structure throughout the year.
Perennials offer a good return on your money as
they continue to bring beauty to the landscape for years to come.
There is considerable variety to choose from when it comes to
perennial color making it possible to have something of interest
throughout the four seasons here in our climate.
Careful planning will insure that your
landscape is beautiful in spring, summer, fall and even winter.
Perennial plants have their seasons where they shine which are
usually followed by a period of time when they are unattractive.
Proper maintenance is important to prevent them from distracting
from the beauty of your landscape during their "off seasons".