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Forget the Annuals

Save time and money with container designs that don’t make you start from scratch every spring

Fine Gardening – Issue 158

The world of perennials has never been so diverse or so useful. New varieties offer more colorful foliage, longer bloom times, and dwarf habits that are perfect for small spaces and containers. Drawing inspiration from the huge plant selection at our nursery, we’ve opted to shove annuals right out of the pot picture. Our designs feature perennials, shrubs, and a few succulents to create sophisticated, colorful, and intriguing containers. In addition to their beauty, perennials are more sustainable and cost-effective than annuals because they live for years; if a plant outgrows its container or starts to outcompete its neighbors (or if you just want to change the design), simply move it into the garden. Perennials also look great early in the season because annuals usually need more time and some warm weather to fill out.

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