One of the joys of home ownership is beautifying your yard with colorful flower beds. Virginia is in Zone 7 according to The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone map. This can help you decide what plants are most likely to thrive in your garden.
Planting flowers is such an easy way to bring color and interest to your yard and garden each spring, and are ideal for planters, hanging pots, and raised beds.
Many garden centers and nurseries have early spring sales on annual and perennial flowers. What is the difference in annuals and perennials? Annual flowers generally have a one-season life cycle and the roots, stem, foliage and flower die off each year, and have to be replanted. Most annuals bloom for a long time, from spring to fall.
Annuals hardy for Zone 7 include:
Biennials, also called self-sowing annuals, have a 2 year life cycle and include:
Black Eyed Susan
Sweet William (dianthus)
Perennials have a life cycle of more than 3+ years and return year after year; however, they tend to bloom for just a short time. Some favorite perennials are:
Remember to pick plants for sunny and shady areas and keep your flower beds watered and fed. You'll enjoy beautiful, fragrant blooms from Spring to Fall!