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How to Choose Between Annual and Perennial Flowers

Can’t tell the difference between a peony and a petunia? We can help you figure out what to plant.

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Generally, there are two types of flowers: perennials and annuals. Perennials bloom every year -- so you only have to plant them once -- but they only actually flower for a short time in the year. The rest of the time, they just look like a regular green plant. Annuals need to be replanted every year, but they bloom for the entire season.

In May and June, you have tons of choices of perennials like irises and peonies, respectively. There’s less going on in terms of color in July and August, though some daisies and baby’s breath tend to do well. Come fall, asters do very well.

The classic annuals are flowers like impatiens, petunias and marigolds. There’s also coleus, which is an annual that purely consists of leaves and comes in all sorts of different colors.

Thanks to booming markets, tons of imported tropical flowers are also available these days. Our suggestion: Simply pick out what fits your climate zone and appeals to you in terms of shape and color.

Nestpert: Thomas McClain is a Minnesota landscape designer and owner of GrowWithDesign.com.

-- The Nest Editors

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