These are the plants they sell in supermarkets with lobed leaves, coated with flowers which may be white, yellow, purple, or just about any other color. They smell good and are rather pretty, so people buy them for their girlfriends, mothers, etc. The problem is, they were 'forced' to flower in a greenhouse, and don't naturally flower except in the fall, and sometimes a little bit in the spring. If it isn't fall or spring and you buy these plants, they will immediately cease flowering once you bring them home. They are pretty for a few days though. And if you plant them outside they will have nice flower displays in the fall. They may be perennials or annuals, and are very cold-tolerant but require regular watering.