Flower Facts

The Difference Between Annuals and Perennials

Perennials vs. Annuals

Flowers come in all shapes, sizes, fragrances, and beauty. Each one has its own meaning and can send its own message. Just as flowers’ appearances differ from each other, there is one major part of their characteristics that define them when planting and growing them. This is whether they are annuals or perennials. The key difference between annuals and perennials is that annuals grow for only one season and die while perennials continuously grow after remaining dormant in the winter seasons.


Growing Annuals

Annuals are very popular flowers to grow, especially when wanting to brighten up a windowsill flower box. These flowers are usually very vibrant and beautiful; however, they only have one life cycle. After they are planted they grow, bloom, produce seeds, and then die. This is why annuals need to be replanted every spring. Their life cycle may only last a single year, but with the proper care, they will remain beautiful and vibrant from Spring through Fall. Popular types of annuals include marigolds, petunias, and zinnias.

New annuals should be planted after the final frost of the year, as they will not survive the harsh cold weather the winter season brings. Planting season usually ranges from mid- to late-April, unless you live in a colder climate and need to wait for the final frost to come around Mother’s Day. Some annuals such as petunias and periwinkles should be planted closer to the summer season as they favor warmer soil. Annuals can make great summer gifts. The recipient can immediately plant them in a garden or enjoy them in potted soil for the whole season. They may live short lives, but their beauty when blooming throughout the warm seasons is well worth the effort.


Growing Perennials

Perennials differ from annuals as they stay with you for a longer period. Unlike annuals, perennials will continue to regrow for a few years after being initially planted. Perennials can be just as beautiful and vibrant as annuals. They will leave all the hard work that it took planting them worth it because they will continue to keep your garden looking beautiful season after season. These plants remain dormant during the cold winter seasons but will sprout new blooms as soon as the spring sun and showers hit their soil.

Perennials are sometimes unfavorable because they take longer to initially sprout after first being planted. It may take a few seasons for them to finally start budding and blooming. Once they open, perennial blooms usually last from four to six weeks with proper care. Their full bloom may be short, but they create beautiful Bouqs to bring indoors. Popular perennials include lilies, tulips, asters, and black-eyed susans. While perennials re-grow year after year, some gardeners prefer to replant these flowers every three to five years if they start to decline. While perennial flowers will grow and bloom in the warmer seasons and remain dormant in the winter seasons, there are some perennials that still thrive throughout the winter. These include pine trees and other evergreen trees.


Perennials vs. Annuals

The difference between annuals and perennials is pretty apparent, but this doesn’t mean they can’t be placed together in beautiful harmony. The warm spring and summer seasons bring beautiful blooms in all flowers that favor the warm sun. While annuals bloom for longer periods of time, trimming perennials and placing them in a beautiful Bouq with annuals can create a vibrant and unique centerpiece in your household.

At Bouqs.com we have a wide selection of beautiful bloomed flowers that include annuals and perennials alike. While some of our Bouqs only have perennials like the assortment of lilies and roses, we also have mixed Bouqs with both perennials and annuals. Order your perfect Bouq today and bring some spring beauty into your home tomorrow (or later today, if you select same-day shipping.)

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