Creating a Four Seasons Garden
Check out all my landscaping tips for creating a Four Seasons Garden, which will add visual interest all year long.
Here are some of my best tips for Creating a Four Seasons Garden. Spring time is the most common time to plant and add the long awaited beautiful color and foliage back into your yard after the cold winter months. I will admit my yard tends to be very heavy in the spring blooms department, but as you buy new plants for your yard keep in mind when they will be at the peak of their blooming season. Try to get unique blooms to create an ever blooming yard so you will always have a nice focal point throughout the year.
Good Bones for a Winter Garden
A few things I have learned along the way are to add things with good structure. Evergreen trees and shrubs that can have the possibility of producing blossoms. This will create a nice framework or backdrop for you garden even when they may not be in bloom. Plus if you go with an evergreen foliage you will still have some green in the winter. Here is a list of a few of my favorites:
- Magnolias- varieties like Little Gem, Bracken’s Brown, & Teddy Bears (large Summer blooms fragrant)
- Loropetalum or Weigela (spring blooms)
- Pieris Mountain Fire
- Gardenias (seen below) fragrant summertime blooms perfect to float in a dish or pin in your hair
- Camelias or Rose of Sharon (winter and early spring blooms)
- Hollies- Chestnut Leaf & Golden King are two of my favorites for leaf colors and shape with bright red berry clusters
Spring Bloomers & Bulbs
Spring is probably the easiest season to plant, it is also the one you may have a tendency to go overboard with and plant to much. for that season. Let’s face it we all get excited for the warmer weather and rebirth of spring but it can lead to a yard that is bloom heavy in the spring and nothing for the rest of the year. Take that into account as you plant. Plant items that will have lasting blooms or reoccuring blooms.
Here are some great options to take advantage of the spring and other seasons as well:
- Encore Azaleas (seen above) unlike basic azaleas these will bloom both in the spring and fall
- Weigela- covered with blooms early spring, which keep going until fall
- Spiraea- continued blooms up until early fall
- Knock Out Roses- bloom spring through early fall but be sure to deadhead to promote new growth
- Phlox (seen below)- is great in rock gardens and is a huge pop of springtime color
Bulbs are also a great way to plant for the spring. Here in the south we are lucky enough to be able to leave the majority of of bulbs in the ground year round without having to winterize them. So we can plant them once and pretty flowers just show up every year; daffodils, calla lilies, iris, crocus, and tulips are perfect springtime bulbs.
Plants That Take The Summer Heat
Drought tolerant plants that can last throughout the summer are so important living here in Georgia. Plus they have nice blooms during the summer months as well, and are always a welcome treat. I personally love Hydrangea for the summertime blooms but heat tolerant is not their strong suit, as they are water lovers, so keep that in mind when planting.
- Lantana- comes in varieties that are perennials and absolutely love the heat
- Butterfly Bush (seen above) – Pretty summer blooms that last well into the fall and attract butterflies
- Stella de Oro Daylily (seen below) – this is a perennial that blooms all summer long and loves the sun and heat
- Bee Balm- comes in great colors; a returning perennial that loves the sun and attracts bees to the garden.
- Rudbeckia- also known as Black Eyed Susans another great perennial that comes back every year bigger and bigger.
Adding in Fall Foliage & Color
Fall blooms are tricky because you really only have mums as a flower to choose from at most garden centers. However there are some great winter greens like kale, ornamental peppers and cabbage that are pretty for gardens. This is where you want to make sure that have chosen great shrubs and trees that will give you fall foliage colors. Also a great place to utilize the Encore Azaleas which will began to bloom again. Here are a few trees and shrubs that will bring a ton of fall color to any garden:
- Sunset Maple Tree (seen below) – beautiful deciduous orange and red leaves in the fall
- Japanese Maples (also seen in background)
- Burning Bushes- a bright fiery red
- Barberry- red or burgundy
- Ornamental Grasses are also pretty this time of year, great in summer months into fall
Create A Cutting Garden
One of my true passions for every yard is to create a cutting garden, so I can cut fresh blooms for every season directly from my yard. There is no greater joy than to go out and cut fresh flowers from your own yard and create a vase arrangement for yourself. For this I have created specific gardens like my David Austin Rose Garden, Peony garden, or Hydrangea garden. Each garden has several specimens or varieties of each type of flower in them, which bloom throughout the seasons. I also have a large variety of perennials scattered about the garden to intermix as well. Varieties of greenery and such to fill with is also available too. Here are just a few of my favorites:
- Pittosporum (I like the viargiated)
- Karl Rosenfield Peony (link to gardening post on growing perfect peonies)
- David Austin Celebration Roses
- Limelight Hydrangea (link to Autumn Hydrangeas post)
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