FLOWER BED: BIENNIALS
Ch. 14, pg. 14
Biennials are plants that complete their life cycle in
two years of growing seasons. During the first growing season they
produce leaves, usually a rosette; then in the second growing
season, preceded by a cold period, they produce blooms and die.
For the flower gardener, biennials present the obvious
disadvantage of producing only foliage the first year and no
blooms. For this reason, new varieties have been developed that
produce early bloom. "Foxy" is a variety of foxglove
that will bloom the first year. Biennial seeds can be sown in
midsummer to produce plants that develop in the fall, forcing the
plant to bloom the next year. Popular biennials are stock and
hollyhock. Cultural practices are basically the same as for
annuals, except the plants remain two years.