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Home > Ideas & Tips > Before & After: Classic White Annuals & Perennials

Before & After: Classic White Annuals & Perennials

Annuals Make Your Garden Happy All Summer Long

Before & After: Classic
White Annuals & Perennials

Get inspired with fun, easy DIY projects and ideas for your home. This project and all opinions are
from Maria Killam at Colour Me Happy in partnership with Lowe's Canada.


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.


Everyone loves a before and after, so in addition to the photos of my annuals from Lowe's, I thought I'd include some before pictures of the exterior of my garden when we took possession before the transformation happened.

White-on-White Garden

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.

Yellow Marigolds

I did add yellow marigolds as an accent colour, they pick up the yellow cedar located in this large bed beside my driveway.

Potato Vines

I included potato vines in the pots on my front patio, as well as the concrete urn in front of my living room window, I love their fresh green colour!

Usually my annuals are a lot bigger by now, but we've had a long stretch of rain this spring, so they are only now having a growth spurt.

Annuals are great for containers and filling in empty spots in your garden.

We ripped out a lot of concrete the year we did this outdoor renovation!

Plants Plants

If you plant enough Alyssum it will reseed the next year, that's what I'm hoping happens to this side of my garden bed because I love the way they look with my white hydrangeas.

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