Annual flowers grow for one long season, often into the fall, then die with the onset of freezing weather. Annuals are a great way to change the look of your garden from year to year, and they tend to have a longer flowering period than perennials.
With perennials, the above-ground portion of the plant dies back in freezing weather, but re-grows from the base and rootstock the following spring to bloom again. No need to replant every year and you can enjoy beautiful blooms year after year.
Quite simply, "fall" flower bulbs are planted in the fall, grow roots into winter, then sprout and bloom in the spring. "Spring" flower bulbs are also known as tender bulbs (they don't survive cold ground temperatures); they're planted in the spring and flower throughout the summer.
Growing small colorful shrubs in your garden landscape usually requires little care. Low-maintenance, compact shrubs don’t require regular pruning to control their growth. Generally, you don’t need to bother with deadheading, trimming, or spending time caring for small flowering bushes.
Evergreen and deciduous shrubs that generally stay between about 3 to 6 feet high without any pruning whatsoever or with only very minimal pruning. Many of these medium-sized shrubs are well-suited to use as both formal and informal hedges, natural screens, as backdrops for perennial borders, and as specimen plants.
Tall shrubs are usually both evergreen and deciduous in nature. While some bloom with pretty flowers, others manage to hold the charm with their stunning foliage. The best part: most of these tall shrubs will provide an excellent visual appeal throughout the year. Their vibrant blooms, unique foliage, and perfect texture will light up your yard like never before.
Fruit-bearing shrubs provide delicious edible fruit without the excessive space requirement of a tree. These shrubs are a versatile addition to your landscape by not only producing fruit but also acting as a hedge, fence or barrier.
Living sculpture, hedge carving, or shrub shaping—call it what you like, topiary has been around as long as cutting implements and gardens. It’s one of the hottest trends in landscapes today to add height and scale to any yard.
A deciduous vine is one that sheds its foliage at the end of the growing season (just like a deciduous tree). And just like a deciduous tree, the vine may treat you to a colorful fall foliage display first. Winter is a dormant period, and then the vine revives the following spring.
Evergreen vines keep their foliage over the winter months (individual leaves do get replaced over time, but you don't run into wholesale or dramatic shedding time). In colder areas, the leaves may look rather freeze-dried, but they hang on. In milder climates, winter's show is mainly foliage, not flowers or fruit.
Fruiting vines are mainly associated with grapes and wine, but there are many varieties that can provide a tasty treat. Table Grapes, Passion Fruit, and Kiwis are among some of the fruit that is grown on vines.