Annual plants will have a life cycle of only a year. They grow from seed, bloom, produce seeds and wilt within one growing season. They also can be considered hardy, which means they are equipped for colder temperatures and can be planted outdoors.
Common annual plants, such as maize, peas, petunias, and marigolds make great summer plants which add colour to borders, beds and hanging baskets. Replant them every Spring to interest to any garden. Half-hardy annuals like zinnias and cosmos are more at risk from frost and need protection.
Perennial plants are generally planted together to create herbaceous and mixed borders, piquing interest during the summertime and early autumn. They also have a long life cycle; can live for two or more years and flower every year.
Common perennial plants include geraniums, phlox, helenium, dianthus, and tomatoes. To find out more about when to plant perennials, the right soil conditions and more, you can use this 7 Best Plastic Sheds for Easy Storage (2020)