When it comes to creating a beautiful outdoor space, one of the most obvious and crucial elements are the plants that you choose to use. Below is a basic overview of a few of the various types of plants and what they need to thrive:


The name says it all with this one, one year equates to one life cycle for these plants. This category is typically where the colorful flowers and plants that you add seasonally to your gardens are found. Once these plants have flowered, they die, but the blooms can, and are often replanted for next season. Some of the most popular annuals include marigolds, begonias, petunias, daisies and pansies, etc.


These are not very common, but they live for two years. This means that they produce leafy foliage the first year and flowers the second year. Little known is that most of the plants within this category are actually vegetables, including beats, onions and parsnips.


Perennials are the anchor and the most important part of any landscape. This is because they live the longest of any plant. They produce a variety of colorful annual flowers and foliage. Some keep their leaves in the cold, while others just re-bloom annually. Ferns, lavender, roses and violets are all perennials that are well known and loved in the world of landscaping.


The easiest flower to plant, bulbs reproduce to fill small spaces quickly, and they are extremely low maintenance. They often offer a great pop of colour and interesting shapes and sizes as well.


Native to many North American regions, these are a great addition to a winter landscape as they are, well-evergreen, meaning their leaves survive and thrive even in the coldest and dampest seasons.


These trees are best known for their beautiful addition to the fall landscape.