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To anyone that could help I have brought flowering seeds today and I'm just getting confused with what comes back what doesn't please could some kind gardener tell me so I can write it down.starting with hardy perennial,half hardy annual,half hardy perennial,hardy biennial.thank you flowers are a new thing I've been into I mostly plant veg .


  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Hardy perennial-comes up every year -does not need protection-some live longer that others

    Half-hardy perennial-does need protection but will grow year after year-like pelargonium ,some fuschias-lots of others

    Half-hardy annual -seed to flower then seed in one season-not frost-tolerant-most bedding plants -petunias etc

    Hardy Annual-similar but can tolerate some frost

    Hardy Biennial-from seed to flower takes a year-wallflowers, Sweet Williams. etc


  • Fantastic thank you so much sotongeoff for taking the time to help me outimage
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,305

    Hardy means it can survive our winters

    Half hardy means it might survive in mild areas

    Annuals germinate, flower and seed in one season. hardy annuals can survive the winter, half hardy ones only a very mild winter

    biennials germinate one year, overwinter as a small plant then flower and seed the next year

    perennials have a long life. they can be hardy (survive in our climate), half hardy (survive if you're lucky and it's a mild winter) or tender (dead at the first frost)

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Oh thank you so much nutcutlet I'm now going to write all the info down and stick it on the fridge thank again image
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,305

    You'll soon get used to it Tracy.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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