Hello folks! So you have all that you need to start your Garden and you have taken a closer look at your Garden space. So now that wondering which plants to opt for, which is at times very overwhelming. I hope this broad classification helps you get a better idea of the plants.
- Based on Life Cycle: If you’re one those who thought all plants live in perpetuity or that they have a very very long life, you’ll be surprised to know – not all plants live for long. Plants are majorly classified annual, biennial and perennial. An annual plant is a plant that completes its life cycle, from germination to the production of seeds, within one growing season, and then dies. A biennial plant is a flowering plant that takes two years to complete its biological life-cycle. A perennial plant is a plant that lives more than two years.
- Based on requirement of Sunlight: Not all plants need full sunlight. Some require full direct sunlight, while some love the shade(indirect sunlight) whereas there are many plants that live without any sunlight.
- Flowering & Non-flowering Plants: Not all plants flower. You might want to look into that while deciding whether to buy a particular plant.
- Season: Not all flowering plants flower through out the year. Many flowering plants have a particular season during which they flower.
- Indigenous & Non-indigenous Plants: Indigenous are nothing but native plants of the region that you’re staying in. Whereas non-indigenous plants are exotic or non-native plants. Non-indigenous plants require lot more care than the indigenous ones. Indigenous plants are strong & sturdy. It is highly advisable to go for indigenous plants.
Here are a few ways in which you can use the above information:
Illustration 1: You live in a rented apartment with a beautiful balcony with good sunlight but may have relocate next year – In this scenario opt for an annual flowering plant!
Illustration 2: You have a beautiful house and nice backyard. You have been Gardening for quite a few years and now you just want to scale up – In this scenario go for different types of indigenous flowering perennials!