2019 Twelve Months of Color with Southern Living® Plant Collection

January: Warm Up the Winter Landscape

Warm colors and lush texture fire up the winter landscape. For rich red color plant masses of Obsession™ Nandina, which puts on its most vibrant display in winter. Fire Chief™ Arborvitae provides softer hues and playful texture. Or make a statement with the bold foliage of Red Diamond™ Midsize Loropetalum. A deep green backdrop of LeAnn™ Cleyera allows colors to pop.

January color display featuring Obsession Nandina, Fire Chief Arborvitae, Red Diamond Loropetalum and LeAnn Cleyera.

Featured Plants:

Obsession™ Nandina

Fire Chief™ Arborvitae

Red Diamond™ Midsize Loropetalum

LeAnn™ Cleyera

February: A Garden Love Affair

Celebrate romance in the garden and add dramatic flair with Romeo™ and Juliet™ Cleyera. Feeling flirtatious? Plant up a mass of Flirt™ Nandina for touchable texture and playful contrast. Or express your heart’s desires with the deep hues of Burning Love™ Leucothoe. Finish things off with the warm embrace of ‘Soft Caress’ Mahonia’s luxurious foliage.

Featured Plants:

Burning Love™ Leucothoe

‘Soft Caress’ Mahonia

Romeo™ and Juliet™ Cleyera

Flirt™ Nandina

March: Spring Spectacle

Welcome spring in style with the bright yellow blooms and delightful fragrance of Carolina Jessamine. Add elegance and contrast with clusters of Mountain Snow™ Pieris shimmering against dark foliage. Evergreens still reign supreme during this transitional time. Vivid blue Pancake™ Arborvitae provides a gorgeous backdrop to spring bulbs, while ‘Spider’s Web’ Fatsia provides year-round color and texture.

Featured Plants:

Mountain Snow™ Pieris

Carolina Jessamine

‘Spider’s Web’ Fatsia

Pancake™ Arborvitae

April: Fabulous Foliage and Brilliant Blooms

It’s showtime in the garden as rhododendrons take the stage. Heat tolerant and disease-resistant, Southgate® Rhododendrons are a must-have for spring gardens. Set them against a backdrop of Coppertop™ Sweet Viburnum. The dramatic foliage of ‘Radiance’ Abelia brings just enough flair to the grouping, while Evergreen Stella™ Daylily keeps the blooms coming all season long. 

Featured Plants:

Southgate® Rhododendrons

Coppertop™ Sweet Viburnum

‘Radiance’ Abelia

Evergreen Stella™ Daylily

May: Simple Elegance

Create an enchanting respite with warm foliage and enchanting fragrance. Jubilation™ Gardenia brings an air of romance and nostalgia to the garden. Complement the velvety blooms with lush foliage. ‘Lemon Lime’ Nandina and Miss Lemon™ Abelia play off one another beautifully, while Purple Pixie® Dwarf Weeping Loropetalum provides vibrant contrast and rich color.  

Featured Plants:

‘Lemon Lime’ Nandina

Purple Pixie® Dwarf Weeping Loropetalum

Miss Lemon™ Abelia

Jubilation™ Gardenia

June: Summer Celebrations

Like a blushing June bride, Blush Pink™ Nandina brings a flush of color to the landscape. Plant alongside the bouquet-worthy White Wedding™ Hydrangea, with oversized blooms and plenty of attitude. Summer means picnics and potlucks. Top your favorite dessert with plump fruits from the DownHome™ Harvest collection of blackberries and blueberries.

Featured Plants:

White Wedding™ Hydrangea

Blush Pink™ Nandina

‘Navajo’ and ‘Osage’ Thornless Blackberries

Takes the Cake™ and Bless Your Heart™ Rabbiteye Blueberries

July: Southern Romance

A collection of Southern favorites dresses the garden with style and charm. Delta Series Crapemyrtles bring stunning foliage and months of blooms to the garden. Surround these beauties with masses of your favorite Southern Living® Plant Collection agapanthus and the bold foliage of ‘Black Ripple’ Colocasia. Finally, no Southern landscape would be complete without the intoxicating aroma of ScentAmazing™ Gardenia.

Featured Plants:

Delta Series Crapemyrtles

ScentAmazing™ Gardenia

‘Black Ripple’ Colocasia

Southern Living® Plant Collection Agapanthus

August: Sizzling Summer Color

Beat the heat with these sizzling summer standouts. Heat and drought are no match for the flaming hot blooms of Firestorm® Lantana. Set against the dramatic foliage of ‘Orange Rocket’ Barberry and tropical flair of Bells of Fire™ Tecoma. Accent the planting with the yellow variegated foliage and fiery red-orange flowers of Lime Sizzler™ Firebush.

Featured Plants:

‘Orange Rocket’ Barberry

Firestorm® Lantana

Lime Sizzler™ Firebush

Bells of Fire™ Tecoma

September: Harvest Season

Early autumn brings a flurry of activity to the garden. Flowers rebound from the dog days of summer and crops are ready for harvest. ‘Little Miss Figgy’ Dwarf Fig and Prime-Ark® ‘Freedom’ Thornless Blackberry produce an abundance of fruit this time of year. Meanwhile, ‘Sunshine’ Ligustrum and ‘Orange Punch’ Canna continue to sparkle in their colorful frocks.

Featured Plants:

‘Little Miss Figgy’ Dwarf Fig

Prime-Ark® ‘Freedom’ Thornless Blackberry

‘Sunshine’ Ligustrum

‘Orange Punch’ Canna

October: Autumn Romance

Carry the color of autumn foliage from the tree canopies to the ground with late-season blooms and stunning foliage. October Magic® Camellias are just getting started as the days grow short, while Tara™ Hydrangea ignites with rich red hues. Add a splash of gold with Forever Goldy® Arborvitae. Don’t forget the ground layer. Southern Living® Plant Collection carries a stunning assortment of heucherella to finish the planting.

Featured Plants:

October Magic® Camellias

Tara™ Hydrangea

Forever Goldy® Arborvitae

Southern Living® Plant Collection Heucherella

November: Structure and Color for Every Season

Don’t settle for a drab off-season. ‘Kaleidoscope’ Abelia changes with the weather, from golden yellow in spring to orange-red in fall. Its warm hues will keep the winter garden glowing along with the evergreen foliage of Evercolor® ‘Everglow’ Carex. For stunning architecture and an abundance of berries, pair the upright Oakland™ Holly with Snow Joey™ Viburnum. The birds will thank you.

Featured Plants:

Oakland™ Holly

Snow Joey™ Viburnum

‘Kaleidoscope’ Abelia

Evercolor® ‘Everglow’ Carex

December: A Garden of Holiday Cheer

Ring in the holidays with the bright red berries of Christmas Jewel® Holly and winter blooms of ‘Yuletide’ Camellia. Both plants provide plenty of cuttings for indoor decorating and loads of color in the garden. And keep your doorstep shining bright with Purple Daydream® Dwarf Loropetalum and Baby Gem™ Boxwood. Repeat these in garden beds for a cohesive design.

Featured Plants:

Christmas Jewel® Holly

‘Yuletide’ Camellia

Purple Daydream® Dwarf Loropetalum

Baby Gem™ Boxwood


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