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Special Issue: Spring Home & Garden Guide : Spring Flower Planting Guide

March 05, 1989|Clipboard researched by Kathie Bozanich and Susan Davis Greene / Los Angeles Times; Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times

In the beginning, all flowers grew wild. Dating back to prehistoric times, flowers were found from the Arctic to the tropics. Because of their attractive shapes, beautiful colors and marvelous fragrances, flowers have been used for various purposes--with expressing feelings and religious/civil ceremonies being among the most common.

Garden flowers--actually cultivated wild flowers-- come in three basic groups: annuals, perennials and biennials. The annuals are those that bloom, look attractive and die. Perennials live about three years and then die. Biennials live about two years but only produce during their second year. Some flowers provide pleasant scents, others have pretty colors and some both. Here's a guide to getting started with some of the county's most commonly-planted flowers. All are easy to plant and care is simple.

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