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Team Annual, or Team Perennial?

By Trish
January 22, 2012

It's ordering season- let's talk about which you will have more of in your garden. Are you Team Annual or Team Perennial?

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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Jan 21, 2012 8:56 PM CST
I order both every year.. but I order many more annuals for my containers
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Jan 22, 2012 6:31 AM CST
I'm team both, too. As the years go by, and I get older, I'm trying to lean more and more on perennials, always looking for long-lived and long-blooming choices.

I grow a lot of my plants from seed, mostly wintersown. Perennials can be expensive to buy as plants, but worth it to me for special selections not available from seed.

Still, a summer without a few annuals like coleus, zinnias, and alyssum would be unthinkable.

Karen

Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Jan 22, 2012 7:37 AM CST
I agree
Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
Jan 22, 2012 8:00 AM CST
Both for me. I love trying new seeds and the perennials are special plants. Thinking of the plants in my garden right now I do believe most of them are shrubs and bulbs.
Name: woofie
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woofie
Jan 22, 2012 9:48 AM CST
I used to do only annuals, but I'm trying to put in a few hardy perennials in an attempt to make the garden less labor intensive. Sigh, this getting older nonsense is vastly overrated! Hilarious!
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jan 22, 2012 11:07 AM CST
No annuals. Ever.
I find it is a waste of money to buy plants that only last one season.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jan 22, 2012 12:15 PM CST
I do mostly perennials in the ground,-- and annuals in pots and planters.
Where there are empty spots between perennials----I seed wildflowers.
Expensive seed gets started under lights, cheaper seeds and those which
require stratification are started by winter sowing. And a few are direct sown.
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Jan 22, 2012 1:31 PM CST
Dutchlady1 said:No annuals. Ever.
I find it is a waste of money to buy plants that only last one season.


Hetty, you're talking like an old curmudgeon! Hilarious! Consider,
- You're speaking from your throne in zone 10, where so much is perennial. It's not like that in our world farther north. Beautiful plants like coleus which are perennial for you would be off limits to use if we eliminated annuals.
- another important point: most of us have at least some of what we'd consider "disposable income". How we spend that is a choice. Some might save for an expensive trip, some might spend it on clothes or jewelery, others on dining, others on books, others (guys!) might rather spend it on tools. If I spend $5 for an annual which blooms beautifully for 4 months, and it makes me happy, I don't consider it a waste of money at all. To me it was money well spent. Thumbs up
- that said, I start most of my annuals from seed >>>> CHEAP. And my zinnias are from saved seed every year, so I haven't spent anything but the cost of a few cups of potting soil for them.

Karen

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Dutchlady1
Jan 22, 2012 2:51 PM CST
Well, I just feel that a plant should be there for longer than a few months. And my plant budget is extremely limited, so I spend it on things that will last.
Point taken on things being perennial here that are annuals for you.
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PollyK
Jan 22, 2012 5:23 PM CST
I'm about 90% perennials, and 10% annuals. I do love annuals for my pots around the pond.
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Marilyn
Jan 22, 2012 6:12 PM CST
Onewish1 said:I order both every year.. but I order many more annuals for my containers


I agree Green Grin! Green Grin! Thumbs up Thumbs up

I buy plants that attract Hummingbirds and Butterflies. Mostly for Hummers. Thumbs up Thumbs up

I buy a lot of plants for the containers. I have a lot of containers. Green Grin!

I buy perennials (new perennials) to plant in the ground for Hummers. Green Grin!

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Jan 22, 2012 7:43 PM CST

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I prefer annuals because most perennials get too big. I just want something to fill in the spaces between roses and irises without obscuring them and stealing their sunlight.
Name: woofie
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woofie
Jan 22, 2012 8:38 PM CST
And nearly all my annuals are grown from seed, except for those tempting little 4-packs of pansies and petunias that leap into my cart when I wander into Wal-Mart in the spring! Honest, the little rascals have legs and they just jump! Hilarious!
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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Jan 22, 2012 11:30 PM CST
woofie said:And nearly all my annuals are grown from seed, except for those tempting little 4-packs of pansies and petunias that leap into my cart when I wander into Wal-Mart in the spring! Honest, the little rascals have legs and they just jump! Hilarious!


I agree Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Green Grin! Thumbs up

I'll have to start saying that line to DH; "Honest, the little rascals have legs and they just jump!" (lol)

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Shannon
Jan 23, 2012 7:21 AM CST
I grow both. Most of my plants are started from seeds. Very limited budget but,I also love
watching them grow Smiling

This was the first year my Double Echinacea was a true double from seed Hurray! I think
I have 90% perennial

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Name: Polly Kinsman
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PollyK
Jan 23, 2012 8:46 AM CST
Shannon, what beautiful doggies you have there!!!
Name: woofie
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woofie
Jan 23, 2012 10:53 AM CST
PollyK said:Shannon, what beautiful doggies you have there!!!


Oh my, yes! Aren't they lovely! Did you look at the bigger picture over on her profile page? Wow!

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MaryE
Jan 23, 2012 2:34 PM CST
Some of both, but I want more perennials. Annuals just go in containers, seldom find their way into the ground anymore unless there is a big bare spot. I start some from seed. Short season here, and a harsh climate. The zone numbers don't tell you much. We have very low humidity and strong winds.
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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Jan 23, 2012 11:50 PM CST
woofie said:

Oh my, yes! Aren't they lovely! Did you look at the bigger picture over on her profile page? Wow!



They are so cute! Lovey dubby Just want to give them big hugs! Group hug

Beautiful and adorable doggies! Thumbs up

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Marilyn
Jan 23, 2012 11:53 PM CST
Woofie,

Your doggie is beautiful too! Lovey dubby I want to give your doggie a big hug also! Group hug

Adorable! Thumbs up
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