Annuals vs. Perennials

It’s a flower match up! What is the difference between perennials and annuals? How can perennial flowers benefit your Mountville PA home? And how can annual flowers benefit your Mountville PA home?

The answer to the first question is simple. Perennial flowers continue to grow every year after remaining dormant through the cold winter months. Annual flowers are usually planted in the spring or summer. They bloom for one season and then die and don’t return unless they are planted again the following year.

Both perennial flowers and annual flowers have distinct advantages and disadvantages. Annual flowers are usually less expensive than perennial flowers, but they require more work because you have to replant them every season. Perennial flowers do cost more, but they are usually lower maintenance if they are planted in the correct spots. Perennial flowers will bloom for four to six weeks usually, and once they have been in the ground for at least four years, you can divide them to make even more plantings! Perennial flowers also take awhile to bloom and often won’t bloom until the second season they are in the ground. However, once they are planted, you usually don’t have to worry about them too much. (But sometimes if you get perennial flowers like hydrangeas for example and plant them in the fall, you will usually get a first bloom the following spring.)

Annual flowers are great if you aren’t sure about your landscaping or garden just yet. You don’t have to worry about transplanting them or moving them around from year to year. They are also great if you want to change the look of your landscaping or garden every year or if you tend to move frequently and can’t transplant the flowers to take to your new home.

For more information on perennial and annual flowers in Mountville PA, call Roots Nurseries at 717-898-0041 or contact us.