My plan is to get my flower beds suffused with color without resorting to annuals. The bending and stooping required for planting stuff in the ground isn't my favorite way to enjoy spring. But I still love the colors. So finding blooming plants that either continue to live or reseed freely at various times during the year, continues to be my plan.
Until I have accomplished that goal, I'll continue to supplement with annuals.
Blooming shrubs, colorful trees, bulbs, and perennials are my goal.