Charlie Harper plants some annuals in his backyard. (Photo: Aaron Carpenter/Sentinel-Tribune)
Annuals and perennials offer a variety of options for the flower gardens. For newer gardeners, it is important to realize that perennials are those which should return automatically each year with little or no effort on the part of the gardener. Annuals, for the most part, need to be planted each year, annually, and thus the name. There are some annuals which will reseed and return the following year, but those are rare and unpredictable.
While some people focus primarily on one type of plant or the other most veteran gardenrs have a nice assortment of perennials, which are accented each year with annuals to highlight and fill in spaces. There is no right or wrong, and each type of plant offers a different look for your garden. This week's video featuring local master gardeners focuses on the differences and offers some advice for both new and experienced gardeners. It features Charlie Harper.