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Definition: Perennial

Unlike an annual, a perennial plant is one with a life cycle that spans at least two years and blooms repeatedly throughout multiple seasons. A garden that primarily uses perennials will require less replanting and maintenance than one stocked with annuals. But while annual blooms stick around for months, a perennial flowering period is much shorter.

Many of these plants possess botanical features that help them weather cold or dry seasons. Common annuals include black-eyed susans, ferns, orchids, and daffodils (pictured).


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tjzchouse tjzchouse 8 years
There are many perennials to choose from that have long blooming seasons. Remember to choose appropriate plants for your lifestyle and climate zone; also, plan your garden with different bloom periods so that you have color throughout the growing season, not just in the spring. Ornamental grasses are fantastic! Even dried in winter, they add interest to your landscape.
radarkitty radarkitty 8 years
I always get them mixed up! My garden is growing by the second and I am curious to see what stays and what goes. I planted so many...I couldn't keep track!
bizzybee bizzybee 8 years
Oooh lovely photo. Love the plantlings.
libs1dlab libs1dlab 8 years
I love my perennials. Many of them have been given to me by friends because they know I'm on a tight budget. They are the backbone of my garden.
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