How to build a garden that’s always in bloom

Four Season Garden

A garden that’s always in bloom? Yes, you can make it a reality! In fact, our location here in the South is in our favor when it comes to maintaining color in our landscape year-round, and it’s not as hard as you may think. With a little planning, you’ll be showing off your handiwork in no time.

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Pansies are a great way to add color to your four-season garden, and are tolerant of colder temperatures.

Before you put your hands in the dirt, consider these tips:

  • Select a combination of perennials (plants that return every year) and annuals (plants that complete their life cycle in one season) to ensure that you have blooms in your garden at all times.
  • Choose at least two types of plants that will flower together during each season.
  • Select shrubs that have a good deal of color in their foliage all season long.(Evergreens are great for adding color & interest through all seasons!)

 

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Don’t forget ornamental grasses!

Okay, now I’m ready to plant! Now what?

  • Arrange the potted plants to get a sense of your design. Obviously, now is the time to make changes before your plants go in the ground.
  • Space is your friend. Remember to allow for it so your plants will grow full and wide.
  • Plant from the back of the bed to the front. 
  • Incorporate mulch to help retain moisture and keep weeds at bay.

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    Hellebores will surprise you with color in late winter.

And finally,

  • Be patient! Many perennials take two full years to reach their full beauty. Your newly-planted garden will take some time to fill in, but once it does, you can enjoy it year-round!
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Coneflowers (Echinacea) are perfect for maintaining color in the heat of summer.

Come see us at any of our four locations in Northwest Arkansas, and we’ll be glad to get you started and answer any questions. Good luck in the garden!

2 thoughts

  1. I was hoping for a bit more information on what plants you might suggest for a four season garden, maybe a list of 10 or so, for each season. I come to the Wedington Road store all the time to buy my plants, and sometimes the staff is too busy to spend as much time as I might need to get everything to make the right plants work.

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    1. Hi Trudy! Thank you for the feedback. That is a great suggestion, and we will work on suggesting more plants in our blog posts. Yes, spring is a very busy time for us and it can get a bit crazy when it comes to plant help! Are there any specific questions you have that I can answer for you?

      As far as suggestions for each season, it’s really based on preference. Here’s a few that we like at Westwood:

      Fall: ornamental grasses, pansies & violas, Heuchera
      https://westwoodgardensblog.com/2015/09/

      Spring: anything, really. So much is in bloom in Spring!! If you’re looking for blooms in early Spring, we suggest columbine, bleeding hearts & phlox.
      https://westwoodgardensblog.com/2015/04/03/cool-season-perennials/

      Winter: Evergreen shrubs like boxwoods, junipers, hollies (some have berries for interest) and azaleas are great because they keep their foliage and bloom in the spring.
      https://westwoodgardensblog.com/2015/02/05/shrubs-woody-ornamentals-for-winter-interest/

      Summer: Echinacea blooms well through the heat and is a perennial, geraniums & lantana also do well in the heat if you are looking for lots of annual color.
      https://westwoodgardensblog.com/2015/06/17/drought-and-heat-tolerant-perennials/

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