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Biennials That Are Worth Your Time

A truly varied and interesting garden is impossible without these plants, which grow foliage the first year and flowers the second

Fine Gardening - Issue 150

You may already think that you know what a biennial is. Maybe you’ve said, “Why bother?” to yourself all these years. You’re not interested in something that just grows a lot of leaves the first year, flowers something marvelous the second year, then croaks. Well, I’m here to tell you why you should grow biennials, and that reason is simple: because other gardeners aren’t. Anyone can pop a perennial in the ground and have it forever. But you, my friend, have cultivation patience!

But seriously, even though most biennials are simply gorgeous, you don’t find them in many gardens; that’s because people just don’t know how to manage them. Or if you have seen them, you might not have known that they were biennials: Because some biennials are uninhibited reseeders, they seem to come back year after year. I couldn’t grow a truly interesting and varied…

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