DIY Gardening Tips…Annuals vs. Perennials

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by Fred Roundstone
(Angmering, West Sussex, UK)

There are two very common types of plants that you can plant in your garden. They are called annuals and perennials. Annuals are flowers and other greens that you can plant and they will grow for that season only. Perennials will come back year after year.

They are two very different types of plants, but it is important to know the difference so that you know what you want to plant. There are good and bad sides to both, so by learning the differences, you can make the best decisions for your garden.

With a plant that you only use for one year, you can always change what you have planted the next year. It is easy for you to take a plant one year and replace it with something else the next year.

If you don’t want to have the same types of flowers year after year, this is a good option for you because each spring you can choose what you want to have bloom that summer, and you can pick something different for the next year.

This works well for rental properties, so that the people living in thehomes can plant different plants each spring.

It is also advantageous because they are much easier to remove. If you have to replant a flowerbed, or if you want to move a flowerbed or redo your landscape, there is nothing that you have to dig up, because the plants die each fall.

There are also advantages to having plants that come back year after year. If you don’t want to work in your flowerbeds each spring, and you simply want to have something that comes back, you can plant these types of plants in your yard.

They will be easy to maintain because they are much hardier, and they will grow a deep root structure so that they can continue to come back each and every year.

This is good for people who don’t want to replant their flower beds, or people who don’t want to spend a lot of time each year working on the same flowers. It is also good because the plants will survive for many years and will be much easier to take care of.

A disadvantage with this kind of plant is that if you ever want to get rid of it, you are going to have to dig it up by the root structures, otherwise it will be hard to get rid of!

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Updated: December 23, 2013 — 4:10 am

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