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Biennials are flowers or plants that will live for two years, as opposed to annuals, which will survive for just one. As a rule they will produce just leaves for the first year, and flower set seed and die in the second year.

Some biennials such as pansies are grown largely as annuals, while others such as the foxglove or silver dollar plant can reseed themselves so well that they are considered perennials because when the older plants die the newer ones have taken hold already.

You may plant biennial seeds in pots in early summer and keep the seeds well watered so that they are not permitted to dry out. Fit your watering can with a rosette so that your seeds don’t get dislodged by the water flow from the watering can. and when you transplant, water the seedlings before and after even if the weather is damp and make sure that you water the soil they will be planted into as well.

Biennials and bulb plants will go nicely together in a springtime garden, so you will want to plant lowe growing biennials in late summer or early fall. Plants such as pansies, tuplips daffodils, hyacinths and wallflowers will go nicely together in the garden.

To avoid the mistake that many people make, of stripping the flower beds of blossoms if you are planting these for cut flower bouquets, plant those you want to use for cut flowers in a vegetable garden as opposed to your regular flower beds.

Biennials that work well for cut flowers are Canterbury bells, foxglove, sweet william, stocks and English daisies. If you are working with a coastal area you might also like to try evening Primroses in your garden.. You can take seed from the wild plants that you find in vacant lots or along the roadside and near the beach. They are breathtaking in their bright yellow color and will bloom nearly all summer.

You can make the gardening workload a lot lighter by selecting biennials that will seed themselves prolifically, and permitting them to stay in the garden until they set and drop all their seeds before pulling them up.

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