Annuals vs. Perennials

 

Spring is officially upon us, so the urge to plant is alive and well. It is exciting to visit a local garden center and see all the possibilities. The colors are so enticing. I almost want them all, but then I have to remember the annual versus perennial question. Is this a one and done plant, or one that will be there year after year?

 

The answer from most professionals is that the perfect landscape requires annuals and perennials. Perennials are around for the long haul, but their bloom and color time is often limited. These are often referred to as foundation plants. Azaleas are great, but their color lasts only a short while. Annuals generally bloom spring to fall and add color to any landscape. Most garden plans call for both types of plants in order to have constant color and change.

 

The same is true for the development of generosity. It is not an annual campaign versus a perennial, year-round one. For best results, generosity requires an annual emphasis along with the year-round work that provides a solid foundation. Just like a beautiful garden, generosity requires planning and work to be effective.