Landscaping tips for blooms that deliver seasonal splendor

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FEATURE — Color in the landscape adds visual appeal and seasonal splendor, and selecting the right plants can add consistency and tie the landscape design together all season long.

Pretty garden arbor with pink flowers. Stock image | Photo by HannamariaH/iStock/Getty Images Plus, St. George News

Harmony in a landscape is often accomplished when the same color schemes are repeated, and when planning and planting, it is good to remember some general rules.

First, warmer colors, such as shades of red, orange and yellow, jump out visually and act as colorful accents that invite and imply liveliness.

Complementary colors are those that most optimally accentuate each other. Yellow is considered complementary to purple, for example, and red is complementary to green. Orange is complementary to blue, while white is a universal color that complements all colors.

When planting for color, it is important to think of the importance of the foliage effect as well as the flower color itself. Some plants offer different textures while others put on a spectacular show in the autumn as their colorful leaves proclaim the end of the season.

Choosing a variety of plants with staggered bloom times, along with those that add unique textures and distinctive leaf colors can add seasonal interest to any landscape.

However, with literally thousands of options to choose from in plant material, it can be overwhelming when deciding which plants to buy.

Browsing through catalogs and magazines can help provoke ideas, as is a visit to a nursery or garden center periodically throughout the year to see what plants are in bloom at certain times.

For simplification purposes, the following bloom times have been organized:

  • Spring bloomers – March through mid-May.
  • Summer bloomers – late May through mid-August.
  • Fall bloomers – late August through October.

As a general rule, most perennials provide blossoms for 3 to 4 weeks. Deadheading or removing spent blossoms will encourage re-blooming.

The USU Extension fact sheet, Landscaping for Seasonal Color, includes some of the more commonly sold plants and trees and their approximate bloom times, along with plants that offer variety to the landscape in the form of texture and seasonal leaf color.

As always, it is important to remember that Mother Nature is consistently in charge. Weather variations and other climatic changes can influence bloom time and color intensity.

Written by JAYDEE GUNNELL, Utah State University Extension horticulturist.

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