|What does that mean?|
|Wednesday, June 26, 2013 12:56 PM|
There are terms that are unique to every hobby, craft, profession, and interest, and unless you’re a part of that particular group, or you’re new to it, it can be confusing. Gardening is no different. Once you’ve got a little experience under your belt, you’ll know the basics and as time goes on, you’ll continue to learn.
One of the first things a beginning gardener learns is the difference between an annual, biennial, and a perennial. An annual has a life cycle of just one year and a perennial is a plant that lives for two years or more (usually more). Depending on the plant, a perennial has the potential to live for decades, yet some only have a natural life of a few years. So, if you’ve had a perennial that has done well in your garden for a long time and it up and dies for seemingly no reason, it may be that it succumbed to natural causes or old age.