As you’re planning your outdoor garden, you’ll often come across the terms ‘annuals’ and ‘perennials,’ but what’s the difference? As the foundation of colorful outdoor gardens, annual and perennial flowering plants are often commonly mistaken for one another. Because their blooms and foliage can look similar, this can certainly lead to confusion and frustration if you aren’t familiar with them.

Knowing the benefits and drawbacks of annuals and perennials can help you determine your outdoor plant needs so that you can effectively plan and grow a beautiful, timeless garden.

At Bloomscape we aim to provide all gardeners — from the novices to the experts to everyone in between — with the information they need to grow healthy, thriving yards. Keep reading to learn more about the basics of annuals and perennials, plus care tips, popular species, and the pros and cons of each plant type.