What is the Difference Between Annuals and Perennials?

What is the difference between annual plants and perennial plants? It’s quite simple. Annual plants are plants that complete their life cycle in one year or less, while perennial plants are plants that can take anywhere from two to 20 years to complete their lifecycle.

Many people like to use more perennials in their garden, because they will come back in the next year without added work. Annuals, which boast a wide variety of beautiful flowers are, naturally sought after for their unique flowers. Choosing between annuals, perennials, and other garden or landscape elements, largely relies on you and what you want, and how you want to plan a garden.

Beautiful annual plants and flowers include the following:

  1. Angel’s Trumpet (A beautiful yellow flower, this plant grows up to 20 feet tall. It likes the sun as well as a little bit of a shade)
  2. The African Daisy (A yellow flower is produced when this plant is in bloom. It grows between 1 and 2 feet tall.)
  3. The Biden (A plant that grows up to 18 inches tall and has little, yellow flowers when in bloom. It grows perfectly in containers and likes the sun.)
  4. The Chamomile (A plant that produces small, white flowers. The plant grows up to 24 inches tall and likes the sun along with a little shade.)
  5. The Cosmos (A plant with pink, daisy-like flowers that grow up to 5 feet tall. It likes the sun, so make sure to plant it in a sunny spot.

A few popular beautiful perennial plants and flowers include:

  1. The Agapanthus (A beautiful plant with purple flowers when in bloom. It grows up to 4 feet tall and likes the sun as well as a little bit of shade.)
  2. The Baby’s Breath (A busy plant with small, white flowers. It loves the sun and can grow up to 4 feet tall.)
  3. The Balloon Flower (A beautiful plant with purple, star-like flowers. It can grow up to 2 feet tall. The plant loves the sun but needs a little bit of shade as well.)
  4. The Bird of Paradise (A gorgeous and unique flower with colours including yellow, purple and orange. This otherwise green plant can grow up to 30 feet tall and favours the sun as well as a little bit of sun.)
  5. The Blazing Star (A plant that produces flowers that spire upwards. These flowers are usually magenta and sometimes white. This plant loves the sun and grows up to 5 feet tall.

Check out the Perennial Plant Association for more news and highlights on the best perennials for your garden or homestead farm.

Whichever you choose to plant, be it annual or perennial, these plants will be a beautiful addition to your garden.

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