1. They come back every year. Their name alone promises this and in most cases it is true. Simply put you plant, water and watch. With annuals you have to plant each year. Pull them out at the end of each season to avoid frozen muck.
2. Perennials are money savers, generally speaking. Remember the last reason? Well, if you don’t have to plant them every year, you won’t be buying every year. Now most perennials will cost slightly more than your annuals but they, again, are paid for once and that’s it.
3. So much more variety in color, shapes, sizes, and smells than annuals. There are a lot of annuals but there are a ton of perennials on the market. Breeders love working with perennials because of their hardy nature. Their genetics make it so fun to see what combinations they can come up with and we reap the benefits.
4. They can take a beating. Generally speaking perennials are fairly resilient to animals, mother nature, and good old fashion human error. If something comes along and eats it or your helpful neighbor decides to help you trim (oops), most times perennials will grow back just as strong. And if they don’t grow back strong this season, they will be back next year (remember reason 1).
5. Perennials are easily sharable. Aka, they are easy to propagate via cuttings, division, or seeds. Share your perennials with someone and make a new best friend, in the gardening world it is that easy.