The perfect plants for your landscape and garden needs
Perennials are plant that live for many years. Perennials go dormant into the ground but then they return the next spring. Examples of perennials include:
- Bleeding Hearts
- Common yarrow
- Coral Bells
- Elephant Ears
- Hens and Chicks
- Lily of the Valley
- Purple Coneflower
In the Winnipeg area we need to use hardy perennials. Hardy perennials can survive the freezing temperatures. Tender perennials will usually grow as annuals and won’t survive the winter. Even hardy perennials may need to be or replaced every three to five years. Most perennials bloom for only a few weeks once a year.
Annual are plants go from seed to flower and then seed within a single growing season. The roots, stems and leaves of the plant die annually. On many annuals removing the flowers as they fade will prolong the blooming cycle. If your leave the flowers they may produce seeds. Many annuals will reseed themselves.
Annuals are an excellent way to create a great splash of summer color in the garden. They are also perfect for annual baskets. Examples of annuals include:
- Bachelor’s button
- Black-eyed Susan
- Blue lobelia
- Castor Bean
- Northern Gentian
Once they start blooming, most annuals will flower all season long, until cold temperatures or frost comes.