If you are a new gardener buying plants can be daunting to say the least. Where do you put them? What soil do they like? When will they flower? And to make life even more confusing will they last for just one season or reappear year after year?
Different plants are described in different ways - here’s the Millbrook quick and easy guide to some basic types of plants…
Annuals are plants grown from seed, that flower and die within the same year. There are two main types of annuals:
Hardy annuals - they’re called hardy because they are fairly robust and can spend their whole life outdoors and they can be sown directly where they are going to flower.
Half-hardy annuals - these guys aren’t so tough and won’t germinate from seed in cold conditions, so start them off in a greenhouse or windowsill. Make sure you don’t plant them outside until the risk of frost has passed.
Biennials are raised from seed one year for flowering the next. Most are hardy and are used as bedding plants.