Garden Flowers – Annuals Or Perennials?

If you have a green thumb and are considering sprucing up the garden, have you decided what you are going to plant? Are you looking at a vegetable garden that will provide you fresh produce to eat or are you looking at a more decorative garden such as a flower garden? Garden flowers are bright and colorful and when in bloom through a garden, can make you feel positive and happy.

It is commonplace to give flowers for many different occasions; birthdays and anniversaries to funerals and get well soon. Garden flowers are very versatile in that respect and if you are ever worried about what gift to give, a hand grown bunch of flowers from your own garden will certainly do the trick. Garden flowers are also a great decorating idea. Arrange a colorful bunch of flowers in a decorative vase and place it in a dull room, it will make an instance improvement on the atmosphere in the room. Perfumed garden flowers such as lilies and roses in a dull room can brighten it up and leave an aroma that is hard to ignore.

There is a huge variety of garden flowers available, some bloom all year, others only for a season, so it is important to know your flowers so you can have a blooming garden all year round. There are two types of flower gardens; annual and perennial. Annual flowers only live for a season. These flowers grow from seed, bloom and die in a single season. They need to be replanted each year in spring and they include petunias and marigolds. Usually an annual flower can bloom from spring through to fall.

Perennials live for three or more seasons and when planed will normally not bloom in the first year if grown from seed as they have not reached maturity. The lifespan of a perennial flower can be approximately three to five years and after this time may need to be replaced with a new plant. Perennials, unlike annuals only bloom for a very short period; anywhere from a week to three weeks once a year. Perennial flowers include African lilies, columbines, English daisy, summer daisy and daffodils.

As you can see, some preparation is required to create a beautiful flower garden. You will need to do some research to learn which garden flowers are perennials and which are annuals so you can have an all round flowering garden. If you have a creative mind, you could plan ahead and arrange a garden by colors to reveal an artistic, intriguing garden when it is in bloom. Remember to plan ahead and learn about your flowers so your idea will bloom, but also remember that if you're not a planner at heart, just plant your flowers and see what beautiful creation you end up with, it will be just as beautiful as one that has had hours of planning.