While designing your garden, think ahead about what plants you would like to incorporate into it. Ideally, that would be plants and flowers that can last during all seasons. There are some plants which can endure both cold temperatures and warm weather. Not only will they last longer, but they also don’t need high maintenance. Forget about removing and replanting plants every year! They will require regular pruning that can take up to an hour every few months. Always look out for insects and pests, but that applies for taking care of any plant. That’s still less time spent than what other plants would need. Year-round flowers will save you so much time and money in the long-run.
From large shrubs to delicate flowers, you will find a lot of types of plants that will fit ideal in your garden. Here we’re proposing 10 plants that will liven up your garden instantly for a year-round effect. Let’s look at those beautiful species:
Evergreens are always lush and green as their name implies. They can be plants, shrubs or trees and are perfect for every garden, regardless of the temperatures. They look great all year long – always with their rich, green colour no matter the weather. They also don’t need a lot of water to survive once they’re planted. There are plenty of types to choose from. Some evergreens include boxwood, yew, spruce, fir, cedar, wintercreeper, pine and others.
Perennials mean literally “through the years.” They usually live for over two years. They are also plenty of types of perennials, some of which are lavender, salvia nemorosa, geranium, helenium, penstemon and others. They are all colourful and lively and will bring butterflies and birds to your garden. Other types are bluestar, bergenia, sage, etc. which offer different colours for every taste. No matter how you want to style your garden, there will be perennials that would perfectly fit in it and brighten it up. Most perennials are sensitive during winter, however, so you can just bring them indoors when the temperature gets extreme.
Now, with more particular plants – we start with the Viburnum Opulus, which means a “snowball tree.” You can see from its small white petals why it got that name. They form a sphere-like shape in white, sometimes pink, clusters. They bloom at the end of spring and live through the summer. In autumn, the leaves turn red and the bulbs turn to red, blue or black berries. These colours ideally match the autumn vibes. Meaning they look perfectly in every season.
There are over 200 different types of hibiscus flowers. They are all different colour combinations, shapes and sizes. They can handle all kinds of weather – to extreme hot to freezing cold temperatures. They need a lot of water and constant light to thrive. Their large bright flowers only last three days when they bloom. After that, the flower closes and drops off. However, this cycle repeats throughout the whole year.
There are also a few types of Aster. The most popular type is the one you see in the picture above. It looks a lot like a daisy but has long-thin purple petals. It will always bring you colour in the garden, even when the rest of the plants are dulling out in colour. They bloom in early summer and look great until the beginning of winter. They prefer places with cool and moist summers. If the summer gets too hot where you live, keep them in an area with partial sun. Asters also attract butterflies which can easily liven up your garden.
Candytuft, or also called Iberis, is an evergreen. It stays green year-round and blooms with white flowers from spring to summer and once more in autumn. Sometimes you can even get pink and purple flowers. Candytuft flowers bloom close to each other and form in a way that looks like a white blanket. They need drained soil with a lot of sun exposure. They can grow healthy even in a rock garden if you want to have one.
Amaryllis Royal Velvet
It looks a little like a lily and has a colour of ruby red. They have large and tall green stalks, so those flowers will be definitely noticeable in your garden. It blossoms on the outside in September and October but blooms all year-round in warmer temperatures. However, if you live in a place where you get freezing cold temperatures, make sure you bring the flowers inside because they cannot deal with harsh winters. Since the flowers are taller and bigger than others, they can break easily when replanting. So, just plant them in tall pots from the start. This way you can move them quickly and without worry.
Creeping phlox has star-like flowers that vary in colour. They can be pink, purple, white or red. They grow in batches of tiny flowers and can cover big areas for a brightening effect. As you can see from the picture, they are very vivid and definitely noticeable. It’s advisable to use fertiliser in early spring to get a lot of blooming flowers. This plant usually blooms twice in a year. If you want to prevent it from taking over your other flowers, cut it back a little after the first blooming.
If you have a big empty area in your garden, why not plant a fruit tree there? If that’s the house you’ll be living in for a while, a fruit tree is a perfect idea. It’ll take a while until it fully grows and starts giving fruits, but once it starts – it will be worth it. You’ll have delicious homegrown fruits every summer in the reach of your own house. Talk about organic living! Apple and pear trees are some of the most popular ones to grow and the easiest to maintain. Imagine baking pies and making jam with your own grown fruits. Having a tree in the garden will bring colour no matter the season. You can enjoy the lush green colours in spring and summer, and the vibrant red and yellow colours of autumn. You won’t need to worry about the tree during winter since those species deal well in cold temperatures.
You can also choose from different types of sedum. It has over 400 species! You will never be out of choice with this one. Sedum plants can be planted both in soil and rock gardens. As the picture above shows, sedum blossoms with nearly closed flowers in shades of red, pink and purple, on top of evergreen stalks. They require little sunlight nor watering. Just plant them in a place that gets partial sun and ensures the soil is never completely dry. Other than that, sedum require little care.
Colourful Garden All Year Round
Not everyone has time to take care of their garden. We all want a peaceful, vibrant and beautiful place to relax or gather with friends and families. Lack of time and knowledge of gardening doesn’t mean you can’t have an astonishing garden. The mentioned above year-round plants require little maintenance, so nothing is stopping you from having the dreamed garden. However, if you still worry about planting and taking care of your garden plants, contact a professional gardener.
Dimo Koev has 10+ years of experience in landscaping services, garden design and maintenance, lawn care, turfing, hedge trimming, weeding, fencing, decking, patio and driveway laying, planting, garden clearance, and more. He is the president of Professional Gardening Services, which delivers the bespoke gardening services in London. Dimo believes in constantly adapting, innovating and learning about his industry to deliver the best service to his clients. That’s why he is so enthusiastic and eager to share his knowledge and skills with everyone who needs gardening advice.