Annual Vs. Perennial Plants & Flowers

The difference between annual and perennial flowers is based on their lifespan, as annual flowers typically last for one growing season, while perennials last for multiple growing seasons. When planting your flower garden, you’ll need to decide which type works best for you.

Red & Yellow Lily

What is a Perennial Flower or Plant?

Perennial plants have a longer life cycle than their annual counterparts. They typically don’t bloom in their first year, but make up for it by lasting for multiple years, making it less work for you to maintain a beautiful garden.

Perennials can also self-seed, so while your original plant may wilt and fade, often it has already been replaced by new, healthy plants – so you may not even notice, helping your garden look great with minimal maintenance.

Which Plants and Flowers are Perennials?

Peonies, Mums, and Daylilies are common perennials. Peonies live particularly long, with some living over 100 years. They offer gorgeous pink, red, yellow and white blooms. Chrysanthemums or “Mums” are a late-season bloomer that make for great ground cover in blue, green, orange and other colours. Daylilies thrive in both cold and heat, making them one of the most resilient perennials.

Purple & White hanging basket of flowers

What is an Annual Flower or Plant?

Annual flowers complete their life cycle in one growing season, going from seed to flower and then back to seed. This means that you need to plant new annuals each growing season. They also typically flower for longer periods than perennials.

Because of their short life cycle, they’re perfect for trying out different colour combinations and styles in your garden each year.

Which Plants and Flowers are Annuals?

Marigold, Vinca and Impatiens are great summer annuals. Marigolds are one of the easier flowers to care for and with their bright colours, they’re great for bouquets and bringing a splash of vibrancy to any garden. Vinca blooms in a gorgeous blue colour throughout the summer. Impatiens are another easy to care for annual and grow really well in containers.    

Annuals or Perennials: Which One Should I Choose?

When it comes to choosing between annuals and perennials, there are a few things to consider. Perennials are a great choice if you’re confident you know what you want in your garden, as they last for multiple years and require less maintenance in planting. Planting ones that bloom at different times can create a garden that thrives all season. Annuals are great for experimentation, allowing you to try different colours and test alternate combinations – letting you refresh and relocate as you please.

Whichever you choose, we have everything you need – including tools, soil, plants and more – at The Home Depot Canada.    

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