The joy of a garden can be easily summed up by the human senses. What good is a garden if not to enjoy it with our eyes, noses, ears, hands, and tongues? Many gardeners would agree that perhaps the most rewarding part about gardening is the gift it gives to our eyes. Simply looking at flowers can boost your mood—it’s no wonder flowering plants are so popular.
While the garden mostly goes to sleep over winter, that doesn’t mean you have to ignore your plot half of the year. There are actually many plants you can add to your garden that will provide year-round colour. The key is mixing in the right varieties!
If you’re looking for colour in the garden all throughout the seasons, you should design your garden accordingly. Need some ideas? See our garden inspiration and ideas below for a garden full of life all year long.
How to Design Your Garden for Colour in All Seasons
“When space is limited,” Kerry Ann Mendez, Northeast Region Garden Design Expert, says, “every plant has to provide a minimum of two seasons of interest. There is no room for ‘one-trick ponies’. All plants in this captivating composition dazzle the eye with a minimum of three, if not four seasons.”
To maximize your garden space and introduce all-season colour, planning your design is paramount. In fact, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to sketch your garden layout so you can envision exactly how the design will be executed. This way, you can arrange for plants to be spread out in a way that is aesthetically pleasing when each plant is in its blooming period.
Kerry Mendez actually created a full-season garden design for gardeners living in the Midwest and Northeast U.S. Garden Zones. For stunning colour every single season, the aptly named garden design, Seasonal Kaleidoscope of Color, will be your saviour.
What to Plant
For Seasonal Kaleidoscope of Color, Mendez suggests planting the below:
- Amsonia to start the show with blue flowers
- The Sedum Autumn Charm™ yellow-edged foliage gives constant interest
- Soft, pink flowers arrive later as a bonus
- Geranium ‘Azure Rush’ shows non-stop light blue flowers until fall
- Native Switch Grass ‘Cheyenne Sky’ should contrast nicely
- Cornus ‘Prairie Fire’ provides fiery red stems in winter
Download the Care & Handling Sheet for this garden design for more information on plant care and recommended number of plants.
Enjoy Garden Colour No Matter the Season
It can be hard to imagine spending time enjoying your garden in the winter, but it’s possible! Especially if you’ve worked hard to create year-round colour in the garden, it’s totally understandable that you would want to soak it in as much as possible. So, how can you enjoy the garden even in the winter? Perhaps consider a fun garden igloo, or make sure your plants are by windows so you can see them from the interior.
Although the Seasonal Kaleidoscope of Color design is lovely, don’t forget that you can create your own year-round garden with the right planning and plant knowledge. For more gardening inspiration, be sure to join Rozanne’s Inner Circle!