Every landscape is composed of many parts that come together to create the beauty you see in lawn care magazines and company websites. You cannot simply mow your lawn, or toss down some mulch and call it a day. Each piece of your landscape must be carefully maintained to create a uniform look. However, once you achieve that uniform look, the job is not finished. You need exciting enhancements to attract attention and differentiate your property from the rest. The most common way to do this is through the addition of colorful flowers which can be placed all over your landscape. Do note that choosing native flowers for all of your landscaping needs is always a best practice, as they require less maintenance and are infinitely more sustainable. In this blog let us take a look at annuals vs perennials.

annuals and perennials in a flower bed along walkway

Best Places to Plant Annuals and Perennials

When talking about annuals vs perennials we of course want to cover the differences between the two. But first before spoiling the differences between the two we wanted to mention a few places they can be planted. A flower bed is always a good starting point, at the front of your building or home. They can also be planted around the base of a tree, or lining a walkway. Also think about baskets and containers, where flowers can then be placed anywhere on the property. If you have a patio they can also accentuate your hosting space. Last but not least, you can always plant a garden.

Annuals (Sweet William) native flowerAnnual Flowers

The most important distinction between annual and perennial flowers is that annuals go through their full life cycle in just one season. They are planted, bloom, and then die all within the season of installation. While this might seem crazy, the reason that annuals are so popular is that they are easily replaced. With their blooms only being one season, they are extremely bright and colorful. Their bloom will also be a longer portion of that season in comparison to perennials, which bloom for one season but do so repeatedly each year. Because of all this, annuals are typically cheaper. The reason why they are so often used is the ability to change up creative designs each season, keeping your property actively updated.

Perennials (black-eyed Susan native wildflowers) Perennial Flowers

While annual flowers allow you to experiment with little commitment, perennial flowers last for many years. In the off-season, they provide great greenery, then blooming for one particular season. Perennials that are native to the Maryland area also require less maintenance and even attract local pollinators. They offer a similar selection of bright colors just like annuals, which is why mixing the two is a great idea. With perennials you want consistent and solid blooms, accenting them with exciting annuals.


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