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Landscaping 101: Learn the Different Plant Groups

Whether you can't tell an annual from a perennial or a sedge from a succulent, green up your thumb by learning the basics of the various plant groups.

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Annuals

As their name implies, annuals are plants that complete their life cycle in only one season. Typically used to add seasonal color to flowerbeds and planters, these prolific bloomers die back after flowering. Removing spent blooms will stimulate annuals to produce more showy flowers. Common annuals are marigold, vinca, begonia, coleus, zinnia, impatiens, petunia, nasturtium and pentas. But climate plays a big role in determing an annual plant's lifecycle — some varieties of daisies, geranium, lantana, mandevilla, pansies and verbena are perennials in warm climates. Find the best annuals for your zone in our plant finder.

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