What’s the Difference Between Annuals and Perennials?


If you’re new to gardening you may be wondering: What’s the difference between an Annual and a Perennial? The simplest answer is that an Annual will only bloom during the spring and summer months then die off, while a Perennial will continue to grow year after year even after being dormant in the winter.

Most of your Perennials tend to be your heartier flowers and plants, such as: Agapanthus, Anise Hyssop, Bulbine Frutescens Orange Bicolor,  Bulbine Frutescens Yellow, Cast Iron Plant, Chrysanthemum, Dianthus, Dusty Miller, Ferns, Gaillardia Arizona Sun, Herbs, Lavender, Lavender Cotton, Ornamental Grasses, Sage, Sedum, Society Garlic, and Yucca. 

Your Annuals would be plants like Angelonia, Blue Daze, Blue Lobelia, Blue Salvia, Coreopsis Mouse Ear, Coreopsis Sundancer, Lantana, Marigold, Mona Lavender, Night Blooming Jasmine, Pink Cestrum, Purple Fountain Grass, Shrimp Plant Fruit Cocktail, Snap Dragon, Stokesia, Tibouchina Olivia, Vinca, Zinnia, and Zonal Geranium.