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Perennials vs. Annuals in Tennessee: Spring Addition

Perennials vs. Annuals in Tennessee: Spring Addition

When choosing plants for your landscape in Mt. Juliet, TN, it’s helpful to understand the difference between perennial and annual flowers and plants. Each plant type has a unique life cycle and blooming season, and your selection should be based on your landscaping goals.

Our experts here at Master's Landscape Design put together this guide on the differences between spring perennials and annuals, as well as some common native species you can consider for your garden.

The Differences Between Spring Perennials and Annuals


The most significant difference between perennials and annuals is their lifecycle. Perennials have a lifespan of three or more growing seasons, with some lasting for many years. During the colder winter months, plants in this category go dormant, but they grow out in spring to go through their seasonal bloom.

Annuals only live for one season, and you have to replant them every year. Because perennials grow back every spring, you don’t have to replant them, making them a great addition if you prefer consistency. However, if you like to change your garden and try different looks, annual plants are best.

Blooming Period

Annual plants’ lifespan only lasts for a season, but they have a long bloom season. Perennials bloom during the growing season at specific times, but their blooming period is generally shorter than that of annuals.

Annual flowers bloom from a young age, and...

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