Every plant blooms at certain times of the year.
But plants don’t always have to be in bloom to add interest. You can also introduce color and texture to your garden with foliage.
If you have a shade garden, plant Coral Bells. You can get varieties with purple-, pink- and caramel-colored foliage.
Look for unusual characteristics in a plant, too. New growth may emerge with a variegated tint (Weigela “My Monet”). Some have ferny foliage, giving them a light, airy look. Sedum provides a different look with its thick, succulent-like foliage.
Look to perennials to add summer color to your garden. Perovskia, Echinacea, Sedum, Phlox, Salvia, Coreopsis and Rudbeckia thrive in the hot summer months where temperatures and humidity are high. (Water well during dry spells.)
Seasonal interest is important in any garden because you always want to have a little something going on. Spring is great for bulbs (tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths), perennials (bleeding hearts, helleborus, Siberian iris, Iberia, violas, and bergenia), annuals (pansies, diascia and snapdragons), shrubs (rhododendrons, azaleas, aronia and amelanchiers) and trees (crabapples, ornamental pears, magnolias and redbuds).
Summer has many things going on with shrubs and perennials. There are many types of hydrangeas that can take full sun to full shade and bloom all season long. The spent blooms can be left on the shrubs as a winter interest, too. Ornamental grasses add summer color and can be left through winter to provide interest and feed small wildlife.
Fall is a great time for leaves turning, but it’s also time for some spring blooming plants to perform again, if less vigorously.
Winter interest could include evergreens (boxwood or arborvitae), ornamental grasses, shrubs (red twig dogwood has red stems and burning bush as a winged, corky stem) and trees. (Cherry trees have a unique bark and weeping trees provide an unusual characteristic.)
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