For More Color, Plant A Diverse Selection

For More Color, Plant A Diverse Selection

When we ask our customers what they want out of their landscapes, the answer is usually “More color.” People want landscapes that are filled with flowers and interesting foliage, with emphasis on the flowers. Some of these homeowners want mostly shrubs or perennials, but in the quest for more color they are best off planting a diverse selection of plants. To have more flowers, plant bulbs, annuals, shrubs, trees, and perennials!

Fall is the time to plant shrubs, perennials and bulbs, so think about the time of year when you need more flowers and plan accordingly. Need more spring color? Put in some spring-flowering shrubs such as azaleas, heath, lilacs and RJM Rhododendrons. Stick some daffodils, crocus and tulips in between your existing perennials or shrubs. Need more fall color? Add late-flowering mums, Nippon daisies, or one of the trees that flowers in the fall such as Franklinia or sourwood.

Plan to put in some annuals every year as well. Combining annuals with shrubs and perennials is a “no-brainer” when it comes to flower power! Annuals are easy to grow: plant them in late May or early June with some time-release or slow-release fertilizer and sit back to enjoy the show.

This garden is in flower from February on! Witch hazel flowers in the winter, followed by lilacs, azaleas and Viburnum. Daffodils are planted in between the perennials and add to the spring show. In this photo you see how even in October this garden is filled with color. Yellow Bidens, blue annual salvia, pink Sunpatiens, and white Frosty Knight Lobularia form the patchwork border. Purple Volcano phlox are filled with their second round of flower power, and the tall Actea 'Brunette' form fragrant exclamation points with their white flowers in the fall.

This garden is in flower from February on! Witch hazel flowers in the winter, followed by lilacs, azaleas and Viburnum. Daffodils are planted in between the perennials and add to the spring show. In this photo you see how even in October this garden is filled with color. Yellow Bidens, blue annual salvia, pink Sunpatiens, and white Frosty Knight Lobularia form the patchwork border. Purple Volcano phlox are filled with their second round of flower power, and the tall Actea ‘Brunette’ form fragrant exclamation points with their white flowers in the fall. The Frost Knight will continue to flower well past Thanksgiving!

A yard filled with flowers and foliage color?

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