Stephanie Jones, REALTOR - Andover MA Real Estate, North Andover MA Real Estate


Picking out flowers to plant in your garden and around your home is no easy task. You’ll have to consider the hardiness of the plants, whether you want them to come back year after year, what colors complement your house, and so on.

 Most people just simply buy flowers that look pretty. And while you can get lucky and have healthy flowers that way, a better method is to think about what you’re looking for in a flower.

 In this article, we’re going to help you choose the right flowers for your home and lifestyle.

 Annuals, biennials, and perennials

One of the first things you should consider is the lifecycle of the flowers. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of choosing and planting new flowers every year or two, perennials may be the best choice for you. Over the long run, you can save money by planting and caring for perennials. However, in the short term, annuals tend to be cheaper to buy.

Planting perennials

If you do decide to go with perennials in your garden you’ll need to be careful about which ones you choose. Make sure to look up your plant hardiness zone and only buy flowers that can withstand the colder seasons in your region.

Furthermore, you’ll want to see if there is any special care required to keep your flowers coming back each year. Likely, you’ll have to spend a bit of time aerating and fertilizing your soil to maintain a supply of nutrients to your plants’ roots. Similarly, determine if there is any special care that you can provide in the winter to help the plants return to life next spring.

Planting annuals

Annuals tend to be some of the brightest and most beautiful flowers. Some of them, called “volunteers,” can sow their own seeds easily and return the next year with minimum work on your part.

You might also notice that annuals bloom throughout the season. That means you and you family and house guests have more time to marvel at the beautiful flowers they produce.

Some common annuals to plant are begonias, geraniums, marigolds, sunflowers and petunias. If you like to keep a variety.

Planting biennials

Like annuals, biennials will die after they bloom. The key difference is that they last for two years not one. During spring of the first year they will grow and stem but won’t bloom. The following spring is when biennials reach their peak.

 Just like annuals, biennials can sow their own seeds. However, some are easier to grow than others and you’ll want to encourage them with rich, aerated soil and plenty of water in early spring.

 Some common biennials include Black-eyed Susans, Sweet William, Forget-Me-Not, and some garden variety plants like fennel, carrot, and parsley.

 Pest-repelling plants

There’s more to flowers than just their ability to look and smell nice. Some plants have the ability to repel certain pests. 

Marigold can repel certain insects as well as rabbits, chives repel certain beetles and flies, petunias repel aphids (which can wreak havoc in your vegetable garden), and so on. 

If you have a pest problem and want to dissuade them from coming back next year, planting pest-repelling plants may be the best option for you.


This Single-Family in North Andover, MA recently sold for $680,000. This Cape style home was sold by Stephanie Jones, REALTOR - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty.


60 Wentworth Ave, North Andover, MA 01845

Single-Family

$674,900
Price
$680,000
Sale Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Nothing inside this home says traditional cape! As soon as you walk in the door you see what every home buyer is searching for: a grand kitchen with all the living space to create the heart to your home. A wall of light/windows is the first impressive detail to focus on. You can just see the sunset framed in the unique space. Life just flows better in here! Relax by the fire with a sitting area to cozy up while dinner is being prepped or maybe you'll prefer to participate while hanging out at the oversized granite center island. The great room also boasts custom cherry cabinets utilizing the space so efficiently. First floor master bedroom with soaking tub is a great feature for the couple thinking of the future. Wood floors through the main living areas with wool carpet in the great room and bedrooms keep allergens down along with a whole house Aprilaire air purification system. 4 heating systems ensure your are warm or cool wherever you are in this home. Truly a must see!

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319 Chandler St, Tewksbury, MA 01876

Single-Family

$425,000
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Farmhouse colonial home filled with charm & character plus all the amenities todays buyer is looking for. The kitchen has been renovated including stainless steel appliances, gas stove and a sun drenched cozy breakfast nook. Keep chilled on these hot summer days with the recently installed central air conditioning. This home has been lovingly cared for ensuring your maintenance will be kept at a minimum with superior systems such as a Weil McLain Gold boiler, newer windows, young roof and vinyl siding. Appealing wide pine floors, crown molding, built in dining room hutch and colorful stain glass window round out the features of this home. Great location close to town across from the public library. Convenient for running errands or to enjoy the many programs at the library including children activities, concerts & farmers market. Fenced in level yard with oversized shed lends itself to all your favorite outdoor activities. Sure to please; don't miss out!
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July 14 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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Location: 319 Chandler St, Tewksbury, MA 01876    Get Directions

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Farmhouse colonial home filled with charm & character plus all the amenities todays buyer is looking for. The kitchen has been renovated including stainless steel appliances, gas stove and a sun drenched cozy breakfast nook. Keep chilled on these hot summer days with the recently installed central air conditioning. This home has been lovingly cared for ensuring your maintenance will be kept at a minimum with superior systems such as a Weil McLain Gold boiler, newer windows, young roof and vinyl siding. Appealing wide pine floors, crown molding, built in dining room hutch and colorful stain glass window round out the features of this home. Great location close to town across from the public library. Convenient for running errands or to enjoy the many programs at the library including children activities, concerts & farmers market. Fenced in level yard with oversized shed lends itself to all your favorite outdoor activities. Sure to please; don't miss out!

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319 Chandler St, Tewksbury, MA 01876

Single-Family

$425,000
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Farmhouse colonial home filled with charm & character plus all the amenities todays buyer is looking for. The kitchen has been renovated including stainless steel appliances, gas stove and a sun drenched cozy breakfast nook. Keep chilled on these hot summer days with the recently installed central air conditioning. This home has been lovingly cared for ensuring your maintenance will be kept at a minimum with superior systems such as a Weil McLain Gold boiler, newer windows, young roof and vinyl siding. Appealing wide pine floors, crown molding, built in dining room hutch and colorful stain glass window round out the features of this home. Great location close to town across from the public library. Convenient for running errands or to enjoy the many programs at the library including children activities, concerts & farmers market. Fenced in level yard with oversized shed lends itself to all your favorite outdoor activities. Sure to please; don't miss out!
Open House
Sunday
July 14 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
First open house!
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 319 Chandler St, Tewksbury, MA 01876    Get Directions

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