Annuals are the flowers that gardeners including Jainaba Jobarteh have to buy every spring. The flowers die in the fall or winter, soon after it gets cold. While annuals are a great way to get started with gardening, many gardeners get bored buying and planting similar flowers every spring. Buying annuals can also get expensive if you have a large garden.
This is when perennials come to help. Perennials are flowers and herbs that live for a long time.
One of the things to understand about gardening is that you don’t have to choose between perennials and annuals. You can easily combine both. How long perennials live depends on the kind of plant and the conditions of your garden.
A typical perennial plant starts growing in the spring, produces flowers and seeds in the summer and in the fall, and then slows down in winter. The difference between perennials and annuals is that perennials don’t actually die. They simply rest until the next spring and then they repeat the cycle. If you take good care of your perennials, they can last you for many years. If you notice that they don’t flower as well in a few years, you can divide them and replant the parts that have healthy roots. This is what Jainaba Jobarteh does with her perennials on a regular basis. This will give your flowers a new start and keep them going for several more years.