How To Add Color To Your Garden Year Round!

 

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Keeping your garden looking vibrant and colorful every season of the year is a challenge. In fact, it’s so tricky that a lot of homeowners don’t bother. They put up with dullness in the winter and desiccation in the summer, believing that it’s just the way it has to be. Gardening is seasonal, they tell themselves. 

 

But while this might sound like common sense, it’s not actually true. There are plenty of things you can do that give your garden color year-round. Check out the following ideas: 

 

Create A Planting Schedule

 

Before you even begin planting, you need to come up with a planting schedule. This plan will tell you what you need to plant and when to ensure that your garden has color throughout the year. 

 

It’s not as easy as you might think. Not only do you need to know when to plant flowers, but you also need to take into consideration flowering times. 

 

If you have raised beds or planting boxes, you’ll need to cycle these too. Some will be fallow, while others are flowering and vibrant. Using a combination of perennials, evergreens, and seasonal flowering plants should ensure that you retain at least some color in your garden year-round. 

 

Plant Winter-Flowering Shrubs

 

It’s a misconception that every plant in the world flowers in the summer. For many, the winter is the perfect time for flowering, as this was when evolution programmed them to reproduce. Take wintersweet, for instance. This shrub produces yellowy-white flowers throughout the winter season, providing your garden with color and charm even when the weather is cold and frosty. 

 

Plant Plenty Of Evergreen Shrubs

 

Many gardeners see evergreen shrubs as a pest – that is until the winter arrives. Once the weather gets cold, and the leaves fall off the trees, it is often only the evergreens that give the garden any life whatsoever. 

 

While it is true that evergreens can quickly grow out of control, you can use this to your advantage. Their rapid growth lets you prune them into any shape you like, from the basic pyramid to something more spectacular. 

 

Create An Irrigation System

 

The summer heat can wreak havoc on your garden, especially your lawn. Thus, if you large water tanks on your property, trying building an irrigation system. It doesn’t have to be complicated. All you really need is a way to deliver water from your water tanks to your lawn (or plants like lettuces that can suffer in intense sunshine). Once you’ve set the system up, you can provide your grass and plants with reserve water you collected earlier in the year, letting you spray even if there is a hosepipe ban in place. 

 

Choose Late-Summer Flowering Perennials

 

While spring is the most prolific time of year for flowering plants, many attractive species come through at the end of summer. Try planting Japanese anemones, verbena bonariensis, and asters at the end of July and August and then enjoy flowers in your garden right the way through to the end of November. 

 

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