Perennials are herbaceous plants that live for more than one season. Annuals will bloom for months on end, but complete their living cycle all within one year. Annuals and perennials are both very popular types of plants for all kinds of gardens. The popularity of these plants as types is further enhanced by the fact that some individual flowers are particularly well-suited to specific growing conditions.
Hostas are popular perennials for landscaping a shady area of the yard. When planted for this purpose, hosta can be effectively used for ground cover. Another reason for the popularity of hostas is that they are fairly low-maintenance plants. As long as the soil is kept moist and you add a good amount of organic matter, they won't need dividing, but will need protection from deer if you have that kind of wildlife near you.
Dahlias have been the subject of hybrid experimentation for centuries which is ample proof of the popularity of this annual. Another advantage to choosing dahlias is that they are available in a vast array of colors, sizes and shapes. Dahlias are preferred by those who can plant them in the full sun rather the shade.
Many gardeners can attest to why ferns are such a popular perennial choice. These plants remain a staple of landscapes around the world because of their durability and low-maintenance requirements. As long as you can provide them with a fair amount of shade, you can integrate ferns quite successfully into anything from an outdoor garden to a container garden indoors.
Zinnias will likely always remain a popular annual for two reasons. These plants are very easy to raise and they can provide beautiful flowers for months. Zinnias are most effectively raised in the full sun and can tolerate high temperatures very well if the soil is kept moist.
The striking shape of lilies and the fact that you have literally hundreds of cultivars from which to choose are two reasons for the constant popularity of this perennial. Lilies are more beloved by those who can expose them to the full sun than those whose landscape is mostly in the shade. Any garden exposed to the sun can benefit from the lilies capable of adding white, yellow, pink, red or gold flowers.
An annual that you can find in many gardens forced to thrive in the shade are the variety of impatiens. Among the ways to use impatiens are as part of a container garden, as ground cover or as a very decorative sort of bed edging. Flowers are available in pink, purple, orange and white. You can even find impatiens that combine two of these colors to provide a striking impact on your landscaping design.