Definitions to be utilized when entering or judging

Hardy Garden Shows 



  • ANNUAL:  A plant that completes its life cycle (seed germination to seed maturation) in one growing season.



  • TENDER PERENNIAL:  A plant that may survive year round in a hardiness zone warmer than that of Maryland but generally cannot withstand the cold of Hardiness Zone Six.



  • PERENNIAL:  A non-woody herbaceous plant that returns in the garden year after year.



  • BIENNIAL:  A plant that takes two years to grow from seed to bloom and then dies.



  • SEED POD:  A dehiscent case that, when dry, splits along its seams to release its seeds.