Tips from the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service are very helpful in choosing which varieties of each type to plant this year:|

The age-old debate and difficulty with zeroing on one in your garden still persists with same common grounds.The dilemma of most economical aspects of gardening is still the same-Annuals or Perennials?

Annuals, which grow from seedlings, bloom and die within one growing season. They tend to bloom throughout the warm months and are generally less expensive than their perennial counterparts. Perennials generally grow for three or more years but only bloom for part of each summer season. The best solution — for your budget and your blooms — is likely to be a well-planned mixture of annuals and perennials.

Perennials generally tend to grow large.Perennials also live longer at the same time.There are almost endless varieties of perennials in different shapes, sizes and textures. Because they bloom for shorter periods, it would be a good idea to combine several perennial species that bloom at different periods.This will help you maintain your garden in such a way that it will always have colors throughout the summer. Among the most popular garden perennials are daylilies, peonies, hostas and garden mums.

On the other hand the “Annuals” are almost inexpensive but these are short-lived. Annuals will give you maximum color and bloom. Many annuals varieties will provide flowers from spring to fall. If you want to derive maximum garden-effects then you should plant the annuals among the perennials to balance out color. Among the most popular annuals are petunias, geraniums and other common colorful annuals. To make your garden stand out, consider more-exotic annuals like spider flower, gazania, vinca or lisianthus.

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