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What is the Difference Between Annuals & Perennials?

A great landscape design includes both annuals and perennials. The combination of hearty, yearlong plants and bright, seasonal flowers creates a balanced look within your landscaping beds.

Knowing the difference between your annuals and perennials will aid you in maintaining their health and help your landscape to look the best it can.


Annuals

Annuals live for one growing season and do not return. Their lifecycle, within a single season, includes sprouting, flowering, seeding, and then dying. These flowers bloom all season long and usually add brilliant splashes of color to your property.

Plant them in bunches and try different options each year for a unique look to your landscape design. Some popular annuals in the Palmetto, Parrish, and Bradenton, FL areas include zinnias, marigolds, and impatiens.

Caring For Your Annuals

Annual plants require moist soil and a water-soluble fertilizer to survive. Deadheading the blooms throughout the season is necessary to keep them flowering the entire time. Warm-season annuals grow best in the summer. Since Florida usually has two growing seasons, there are additional annuals that grow well...

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The Best Summer Annuals to Plant in the Bradenton, FL Area

When it comes to Central Florida, two seasons bring changes in landscaping annuals--winter and summer. Since temperatures can possibly run on a mercurial basis in Central Florida, different plants are suited to each season around Palmetto, Parrish, and Bradenton.

Changing out the annuals in your landscaping beds will allow their colors to provide accents all year long on your property. We also suggest keeping some perennials in your garden to provide some long-lasting colors.

Examples of common annuals in the Bradenton, FL area.

Common Summer Annuals

Some of the most common summer annuals found in the communities of Palmetto, Parrish, and Bradenton, Florida:

  • Impatiens
  • Caladium
  • Celosia
  • Gazania
  • Gerbera Daisies
  • Ornamental Cabbage (Flowering Kale)
  • Purslane
  • Salvia
  • Wax Begonia
  • Zinnia

Annuals can be used either as filler plants in new landscaping, or as garden border plants. Some homeowners like to adorn their flower boxes, planters, or hanging baskets with an array of annuals as well. Furthermore, these seasonal plants make a great addition to walkways and serve as shade color when planted under trees.

Annual plants frequently selected by homeowners in Bradenton, FL.

Caring for Annuals

Planting during the proper ...

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Popular annual flowers and plantings for fall in Central Florida.

October is the start of our dry season in Palmetto, FL. Finally, after the hot rainy summer we've had this year; cooler dryer weather is just around the corner. Here in Central Florida, we usually plan for a six-month dry season starting at the end of October into the first of November. There are many great flowers and plants that thrive during the winter months. This is also the best time for growing produce and herbs.

Local growers have already begun plowing and planting their crops. October is the perfect time for our local strawberry growers to plant their fields. We all enjoy those fresh juicy berries grown right here in Central Florida. For our clients that enjoy gardening at their home, this is a great time to plant cool season vegetables such as broccoli, lettuce, carrots, cauliflower, collards, tomatoes and cabbage.

Popular flowers we plant during the fall in Palmetto, FL.

Fall is the perfect time for us to plant flowers and we fill our customer's landscaping beds with them. The most popular fall annual flowers we plant in the Palmetto/Bradenton area include:

  • Impatiens
  • Petunias
  • Geraniums
  • Snapdragons
  • ...
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