Can you imagine “Gone With the Wind” without the onscreen chemistry of Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh? Or Luke Skywalker deprived of a worthy nemesis in Darth Vader? Didn’t think you could. Now, try imagining a garden devoid of garden flowers.
Garden Flowers : Know Your Garden Flowers
Classification of garden flowers
Biennials are garden flowers that take two years or growing seasons to complete their life cycle. Biennials produce only leaves during their first season, then bloom, produce seed, and die in the second season. Because biennials only blossom in one growing season, you need to plant seeds every year, preferably in mid-summer, if you want to have biennial flowers blooming in your garden every season. Examples of biennials are Canterbury bells, foxglove, hollyhock, lupines, and sweet Williams.
Perennials refer to garden flowers that live for several years and often take two or more years to flower. Perennials die back to the ground each fall, then grow again in the spring from underground roots that survived the winter. Compared to annuals, perennials are easier to maintain because they require less watering and fertilizing. Perennials come in a variety of colors, sizes, and bloom periods, thus adding color and interest to your garden year-round. Examples of perennials include asters, daises, daylilies, irises, and violets.
Selecting garden flowers for your landscape