It is not just what you plant but also where you plant, the care you give the plant and the colors the plant offers. Look out the front door, to the left, then to the right; what do visitors see? Are you pleased with the symmetry of your landscape?
Evergreens such as yews, boxwood, holly shrubs, ivy and liriope offer green most of the year. A signature tree could be one with interesting bark, flowers, leaves or berries. For extra emphasis, place a couple of large or medium attractive urns near the front entrance where annuals, evergreen boughs or tropicals could be planted.
When spring arrives, spend some time planning where you might introduce bulbs into your landscape. They will add color and joy early in the growing season. Bulbs will enhance the foundation plants if planted in groupings of 12 or more. Another good idea is to plant bulbs in hosta beds, since bulbs are finished blooming before hosta awakens from its winter nap.
Blend summer into your garden beds by choosing plants that withstand heat and are drought-tolerant. Visit other gardens and see what is blooming at various times throughout the summer. Plants that are tried and true include peonies, drift roses, coral belles, new hydrangeas and sedum.
For fall foliage, choose color before flower. Also look for plants bearing seed pods and colorful leaves and those that sway back and forth like ornamental grasses.
Fall is a time to divide and conquer your perennials and use those extra bulbs to fill in barren areas of your landscape. Fall is an excellent time to fertilize the lawn, which adds to the beauty of the landscape as you look out the front door.
“Use the talents you
possess – for the woods
would be very silent if no birds sang except the best.”
– Author unknown