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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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Perennials vs Annuals: Fall Edition

Perennials vs Annuals: Fall Edition

Native Tennessee perennials and annuals will make you fall in love with fall all over again.

As summer winds down, it’s time to consider what your fall landscaping will look like. One of the biggest questions we hear from clients is whether to plant annuals or perennials, or both. Here at Master's Landscape Design, we have a comprehensive plant catalog, and we work with your preferences to choose and install quality plants for your landscape.

To help you decide how to make the most of fall, we’ve put together an overview of which plants are best for your fall landscape in Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, and nearby areas of Tennessee.

What Are Annuals?

Blanket flowers with fire colors near Mt. Juliet, TN.

Annuals are often bright, showy, and colorful, which is why we love them. Annuals thrive during the growing season and can really perk up your property. However, annuals are called annuals for a reason—annuals die at the end of the growing season and they need to be removed and replaced.

Benefits of Perennials

Perennials, on the other hand, live year-round and generally require less care once they are established. We love using perennials as the foundation of our landscaping designs because they become more effective as they grow into place.

Perennial stonecrops plants at a Lebanon, TN home.

The one downside to perennials is that they often don’t have quite the same color show as you get with annuals. That’s not to say there is no color, but they generally don’t have quite the same showy display.

Using perennials as your...

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