Flowers make everything better and they can certainly brighten up a landscape. A nice flowerbed will not only improve your curb appeal, but it has the ability to uplift your mood as well. Pennsylvania has a lush array of annual and perennial flowers. Many people choose to canvas their garden with both of these choices, but which ones are right for you, your style, and your landscape? Deciding between annuals or perennials becomes a more manageable task once you know about their main differences. Read on to learn more.


What are annual flowers?

Bright yellow and orange marigold flowers blooming near Houston, PA.

Annual flowers bloom during one season and, after the season is over, they die out and need to be removed. For example, if you wanted to plant begonias, some of the most popular annual flowers in Pennsylvania, then you should note that they do all of their growth and blooming in spring. Then, they will die when the season ends and will need to be removed. This is the perfect choice for property owners who need a beautiful pop of seasonal color and then want to start the next season over with new, fresh colors.

One great aspect about annual flowers is that they usually bloom for a longer period of time in one season than perennials do, so you are able to enjoy their burst of color for longer. However, once their time to shine is over, you must pull them out of your garden. Keeping them in the soil will not only make your garden look messy, but certain types of pests and diseases thrive on dead plant material. Once you pull them out, you will regain that space for your annual planting project for next season.

Here are a few popular annuals that you can plant in Pennsylvania:

  • Begonias
  • Geraniums
  • Marigolds

What are perennial flowers?

Perennial flowers near McMurray, Pennsylvania

Unlike annuals, perennials flowers bloom and grow in one season but then return the next year after their dormant period. Oftentimes, these flowers will regrow year after year, making your life easy as the gardener because you won't have to worry about pulling them out when their growing season is over. You can count on perennials to regrow in their season each year, so they make for a great option to color your property with low effort.

When deciding where to plant your perennials, keep in mind that other plants can benefit from the roots of a perennial. Since they stay longer than their growing season and regrow each year, their roots are often deeper than the roots of annual flowers. This means that they can help provide nutrients to other plants that are placed nearby.

Here are some popular perennials to plant in Pennsylvania:

  • Columbine
  • Butterfly weed
  • Virginia bluebells

Both annual and perennial flowers are beautiful additions to any landscape. The choice between the two simply depends on your individual preference!


Are you looking to fill your garden with annuals, perennials, or both? Give us a call!

At Dolan's Outdoor Services, we attribute special care and attention to every service that we provide. We are the most trusted landscaping service in Washington, Waynesburg, McMurray, and other surrounding communities in Pennsylvania. If you are interested in professional installation for your annuals and/or perennials, we're your team. We have over 10 years of experience in the industry and our experts can answer any and all of your questions about annual and perennial flowers. We want you to choose the type that works best with you, your style, and your landscape.

To schedule our landscaping design and installation services, give us a call today at (724) 350-1351. We can't wait to serve you and get you on the road to having a beautiful, blooming garden.