What is the difference bewteen an annual and a perennial?

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What is the difference between an annual and a perennial?

Annuals only last that year for the season or seasons they thrive in. Afterwards they usually die off or go to seed. They have to be removed from the garden each year and replanted again the next year from a new plant or seed, otherwise they are dead plants taking up space and often look very messy. Some annuals go to seed and drop seeds that start over by themselves the next year in a garden. One that is especially good at this and long lasting in the blooming cycle is the simple marigold. It is a hearty little flower that continues to bloom over and over all season long, putting out new flower buds, for a long growing season. Perennials come back year after year without reseeding or replanting. Spring bulb flowers like tulips, irises, and daffodils are examples of perennials, although because of the difficulty in getting them to bloom again a second year in some areas, they are often treated as annuals and replanted each year. They are dramatic beautiful flowers with short blooming times, but they come back year after year and spread from the original bulbs, if grown and fertilized properly in non-native growth areas. Daffodils have been known to spread over whole fields eventually. Roses are perennials too. Both annuals and perennials take a certain amount of maintenance to keep the garden nice. A really full garden has a mixture of both annuals and perennials growing in it. That way something is always in bloom during the growing seasons. Mama Nono

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