Do you want a landscape with nearly year-around color and interest? It is easier than you think. This post will show you how to create a four season garden using trees, shrubs and ornamental grasses as garden decorations.
If you want a border with a year-around, you’re going to have to plant trees and shrubs and other plants to shine in various seasons. There are many high-quality plant seeds online. Let’s start with spring. If you like fragrance, then plant lilacs. Lilacs come in purples, whites and violets, and they are extremely fragrant. If you need one that’s a little smaller, look for Miss Kim. This dwarf variety does great just anywhere. The other types of spring plants you want to look for are azaleas. They bloom beautifully and can grow in confined spaces. Crab apples explode into the spring season in whites, reds and pinks.
In summer, most trees and shrubs are lush and green. But some also offer colorful berries and colorful foliage. Serviceberry is one of those with those bright berries. In blooms white in the springtime and then it followed by red and purple berries, and some that the robins and songbirds just love. And they are tasty. You can eat them, too. Now some colorful shrubs include barberries. These ornamental shrubs have foliage of burgundy and chartreuse. Ornamental grasses also begin their show in the summertime. Purple fountain grass tops out at about three feet and then flowers up to about five feet. And the tall spires wave in a summer breeze creating a kenetic effect in the garden.
Fall is all about foliage and the star of the show is of course the maples. The maples start out with those green leaves and then they turn those fantastic hues of oranges, reds and yellows. Look for October glory maple. This tall shade tree has dark green foliage in the summer. It turns a brilliant red in autumn.
And then we get to winter. And in winter our evergreens offer a lot of colors and texture like this gray green juniper. But there are other surprises, too. Look for the red twigs of red twig dogwood. Also look for bright berries that you’ll find on trees and shrubs. And don’t forget those russet tones of the ornamental grasses.