Annuals Versus Perennials: Planning Your Garden

Annuals Versus Perennials_ Planning Your Garden

Spring is just about here, and that means it’s time to start planning your garden if you didn’t start planning at the end of the last growing season. Spring provides you the opportunity to plan out what you want in your gardens this year and where you want them. You will also be able to take the time to create a three-season garden so that you have blooms or produce almost all year long. But the key to being able to do this is planning.

As you get ready to plan and plant your garden, you have to ask yourself some questions as to how you want your garden to look and function. You also have to ask yourself what is going to work best in your climate and particularly in the space that you’re going to use. Different areas have different planting seasons, different moisture amounts, and different temperatures throughout the season. In addition to the factors of your area, the amount of sun the garden beds receive and the amount of space you have will both play into your garden planning decisions.

Once you’ve taken into account the various factors we’ve just mentioned, it’s time to either hit up the internet or head to a local nursery in order to get a good idea of what you’re going to do with your garden.

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At the Plant Nursery

When you look around at all the different plants available to choose from, you’ll quickly notice that they fall into only a handful of distinct categories. One way you can choose between all the different plants is based on how much sun they need. If you have a very shady backyard, you don’t want to pick plants that demand full sun. Another way they can be divided is based on plants that provide produce and those that simply flower. You may have a garden for each or you can easily divide up your garden and line the front edge with flowers. Lastly, one of the more distinct ways that plants can be divided up is whether they are annuals or perennials.

Annuals vs. Perennials

Most garden plants that provide edible produce are annual plants. They provide you with value for just one year before they go to seed and die off. There are a variety of flowering plants that can often fall into this category as well. However, many herbs and other flowering plants are perennials. Perennials will hibernate during the winter and come back stronger each year for many years to come. When you plan your garden, it’s good to have a variety of annuals and perennials depending on your needs. Keep in mind that perennials can often grow much bigger than you may have expected and that you want to plant them in locations that can be mostly permanent without interfering with any of your other plants.

Once you have a decent idea of what you want, make sure that you mix up plants that will bloom during different times of the year. For example, perhaps choose plants that are low sitting and that bloom in the summer or fall for the front row. Put spring bulbs behind these, and then some beautiful fall shrubs behind this. In the back of your garden, you can fill it in with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to enjoy all year round. This way, your plants will bloom in a wave, providing you with something to enjoy all year.

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