The Q&A Archives: Annuals vs. Perennials

Question: What is the difference between an annual and a perennial?

Answer: Annuals will only live a year in your garden. You plant them in the spring, they grow, bloom, produce flowers or vegetables, whatever they are supposed to, and then come winter, they die, and do not return the following year. Examples are tomatoes and most veggies; geraniums, impatiens, marigolds, and many of the flowers sold as "bedding" plants.

Perennials do exactly the same, except that they DO come back the following year after a winter's rest. Examples are black-eyed Susans, phlox, hostas, clematis and daylilies; both asparagus and rhubarb are vegetable perennials.

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