which is better - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Chris Cesar
kingston springs, Te
Question by gergie00
April 6, 2010
i,m fairly new to gardening and love it. but if i'mstarting a new garden which would be better annuals or perennials and do annuals come up ever year or do i need to keep buying new ones every year.

Answer from NGA
April 6, 2010


I don't know whether annuals are better than perennials = some plants are only available as annuals and others only as perennials so you'll probably have a mixture of both in your garden as the years go by. Some annuals self-sow, meaning they drop their seeds on the ground and these seeds will sprout the following year. But some annuals do not set seeds so you'll need to replace them each year. Perennials typically grow in a garden for 3 or more years. They are more expensive to purchase at first, but they last many years so it's worth the investment. Some perennials self-sow and some just become larger and can be dug and divided every few years. With perennials you get long life plus bonus plants either through division or through self-sowing. To keep expenses down you might look at the seed racks in your local garden center. Many perennials can be grown from seeds. Best wishes with your garden!

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