June 2018- The Difference In Annuals & Perennials

Enjoying blooms from spring through fall is easy when you plant a combination of annuals and perennials. While annuals provide instant color that lasts all season and have to be planted every year, perennials will bloom from 1-4 weeks but only have to be planted once and return year after year.


Most annual flowers grow from spring right up to the first frost in the fall when they die, completing their growing cycle. 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. Even though they only live four to five months, their eye-catching blooms and/or foliage provide visual interest and curb appeal. Annuals are available in an array of colors and sun requirements. Popular annuals include petunias, calibrachoa, marigolds, begonias, geraniums, impatiens, vinca & daisies.


Perennials are plants that rewards us year after year with beautiful flowers and/or foliage. Plant a perennial once and be rewarded with blooms that return year after year! 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 as they mature and become established in your garden, they’ll also become more self-sufficient, needing less watering and care than annual flowers. Best of all, perennials deliver an increasing number of blooms with each passing year, making them a truly great garden investment. The fertilizer needs of perennials are less than annuals but can benefit from fertilizer applied throughout the season. Popular perennials include astilbe, blazing star, black-eyed Susan, day-lilies, iris, coreopsis & peonies.

Feed Your Flowers

In order for annuals & perennials to reach their blooming potential, they need to be fed a fertilizer specially formulated with the correct formulation of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. A great fertilizer that we highly recommend for annuals is Jack’s Bloom Booster 10-30-20 and for perennials, Jack’s All-Purpose Plant Fertilizer 20-20-20.

Jack’s All Purpose water-soluable fertilizers feeds both through the roots and the leaves. The formula of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium provides fast green-up and rapid leaf expansion. A proven performer that will give your plants greener leaves, more flowers and brighter colors.

Understanding NPK

What Do the Numbers on Fertilizer Mean? The three numbers on fertilizer represents the value of the three macro-nutrients used by plants. These macro-nutrients are nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) or NPK for short. The higher the number, the more concentrated the nutrient is in the fertilizer. For example, a 20-20-20 fertilizer has twice as much concentration of all three nutrients than 10-10-10.

So with a  little planing, you can enjoy a variety of flowers, colors and foliage all season long.