Annuals have always been a big part of the flower garden and probably always will be. They provide lots of color and grow rather quickly but are not my idea of easy. Annual flowers require a lot more work and are much fussier than perennials in the garden. Every year new ones have to be planted, they need more watering, and deadheading to be looking their best. They to me represent just a whole lot more work in
general. Time that maybe better spent on other things. A perennial is pretty much a better plant to me they may require splitting every three or four year and a yearly grooming but not the work that annuals bring.
This is not to say that I do not use annuals at all I do, but in a very limited amount. Well the exception to that is I do plant thousands of tulips each year. I know I know you probably are saying but tulips are perennials. That is true as long as they are grown in the right soil and location. Even then if you have not done everything right they do not always come up as large in the 2nd year. Then their is the issues of waiting for the foliage to die back and what to plant in the empty bed without disturbing the bulbs. To me it has always been a lot easier to plant the tulips amongst the perennials and then as soon as the blooms fade pull them up and let the perennials take over the bed.
Annuals are good in certain situations. They idea of a container garden with out annuals is almost hard to think about the color and life they bring to containers is one of the main reasons people grow containers each year. Placing brightly colored pots on the deck or patio can really liven up the area. The idea of beds of annual flowers though is a bit more cumbersome for me. All that bending and stretching to reach the spent blooms and the extra watering it seems like a lot of unneeded work. With a container or hanging basket it is right there and watering is a lot faster and easier then soaking down a whole bed.
Don’t get me wrong the use of annuals are very much a gardening art form. I have seen many annual beds that could take your breath away. I also know that there is a lot of labor to keep them that way. I applaud those who take the time and the effort to put together these displays each year. I do enjoy seeing them I am just glad that I do not have to oversee their maintenance.