Annuals make up many of the edible plants we grow. 

An annual is a plant that lives and dies in one growing season. A perennial regrows and reblooms year after year.

In our busy world, why plant anything but perennials?

Because annuals are the backbone of our edible plants, said professional gardener Lauri Kranz, owner of Edible Gardens L.A.

“If you like to eat, you have to grow annuals,” Kranz said. “But there’s definitely a movement now toward having a balance of annuals and perennials in the vegetable garden.”

When you go to nurseries, check the label to determine whether a plant is an annual or a perennial or ask for assistance. Most shrubs are perennials, although some are annuals that reseed every year once they are established. Many flowers and vegetables are annuals that put their all into producing flowers, fruit and seed in a single season.