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Annuals and Perennials

If you’ve done any type of landscaping or stepped foot inside a home improvement store you’ve probably heard the terms “annuals” and “perennials” more than once.

But what do they really mean and why does it matter? Understanding what these terms mean can help you make more informed decisions in your plant choices and how to achieve your landscaping goals.

In the most basic terms, perennial plants regrow every spring where annual plants only last for one growing season, then die off. Most landscaping plants have a mix of both types of plants.

Most perennials typically regrow for about three to four years, although some like peonies can live much longer. They may cost a little more to purchase but they last longer overall. Perennials do tend to have a shorter flowering period than annuals. Some perennial plants may only last one season in harsh growing climates so understanding what types of plants do best in your growing zone is important.

Annuals are an inexpensive way to add some color to your landscaping. They typically bloom for a longer time than perennials especially if the dead flowers are cleared off and new growth is stimulated. The short life span allows for experimentation in different areas of your yard and with different plants.

In the Southeast here is a list of common perennial and annual plants:

Perennials- Yellow Flag Iris- Swamp Lily- Canna- Southern Wood Fern- Black Eyed Susan

Annuals- Petunias- Zinnias- Pansies- Marigolds- Violas

As always, when you are planning your landscaping it is important to speak with an expert who can help you choose which plants will provide the best results for your landscaping goals. Talk with Gregory Landscape Services about creating a custom plan incorporating perennials and annuals that will provide beautiful color for months to come! #landscapeservices #landscaping #landscapedesign #landscapeinstallation #turfmanagement #irrigation #landscapelighting #landscapelightingdesign