Yard work, when many people hear that word they grimace in pain. Not me, I actually love yard work. There are a few things that I have learned a long the way that help cut down on the “work” part of landscaping and still produce, what I think, are great results.
There is a simple solution to having great spring color. Most people go for the tulips and daffodils, but I am not a huge fan. I hate having those bulbs stick around in my soil, they are always in the way of other annuals I want to plant. So instead I prefer pansies. They provide great Fall color and then you get to enjoy them again in the Spring, double your pleasure!
Establish a Framework
I think that the success of a good flower bed is rooted in bushes and shrubs. Bushes and shrubs can establish a great framework that require little attention on your part but can make your flowerbed look full and colorful. Here are some of my favorites.
The key to making bushes and shrubs work together and provide you with great color all Spring, Summer, and Fall is how you group them together. Make sure and put your bright greens next to your deep reds and combine the variegated plants with solid green leafed bushes. When you do this and mix in just a few annuals you will have full beds with tons of color.
Here I’ve got the Japanese Red Leaf Maple as the background, day lilies off to the side, a dark granite rock, some yellow pansies, and a white-flowered flox. Full and colorful!
Here is another good grouping. Peonies, which bloom in late Spring with this amazing deep pink colored flower, variegated iris in the background, and a variegated euonymus next to it.
I think it is important to mix in rocks, whether big or small, throughout your flower beds. They provide a different texture and structure that contrasts really well with the bushes and flowers.
Here is a picture of our front flower bed. We haven’t planted anything yet this Spring and it already is full and has good color.
Posted by Greg