Before I became a first-time homeowner four years ago, I didn't know the difference between an
annual and perennial. It was only when we ripped out our entire front and backyard one year later
and started buying new shrubs and plants that I learned what they were.
Since then, I've planted annuals every year because then you have wonderful colour all summer, while my perennials start in the spring and take turns blooming. Perennials usually only bloom for approximately four weeks, for you city dwellers who may not know the difference.
I have a white-on-white garden, so I usually clear out the white section when I get to the nursery.
My mom loves colour so when she plants annuals, her garden is a riot of colour. This year, I convinced her to go with pink and yellow and it looks much prettier than prior years when she just picked a bunch of random colours.
My advice for a garden that looks like you should charge admission is to do the same. Annuals that are really low maintenance for deadheading are alyssum and petunias. I also chose geraniums to add to the mix.
The day my gardener was here planting the annuals, she asked where I bought them; there were so many in each flat, she wanted her clients to get the insider scoop on where to buy annuals for their gardens.