Some landscapes seem like never-ending explosions of color, from the heat of summer to the chill of winter. What’s their secret? Thankfully, we need to look no further than garden expert Linda Vater’s cottage landscape for a charming example of how to plan for color, season after season.
When planning or revamping flowerbeds, use the Blooming Shrub Guide to choose shrubs that bloom during different times of the year. This way, there’s always something to enjoy… no science or guesswork is required!
Hydrangeas as Seasonal Stunners
In her new landscape, Linda envisioned an area with a profusion of glowing white blooms. To achieve this look, she planted a backdrop of White Wedding® and Moon Dance® Hydrangeas that will bloom all summer long. Linda loves these hydrangeas for their radiant pillows of blooms, but also the lovely cut flowers she can use in arrangements. Linda Vater says, “Treat yourself and plant some of these hydrangeas that will bloom even in the heat of summer. White Wedding Hydrangea is a longtime favorite of mine.”
Abelias for Evergreen Elegance
Another area that Linda designed and dubbed “Linda’s Lemon Lane” is a pathway that is brightened by groupings of Miss Lemon™ Abelia and Little Bonnie™ Dwarf Spiraea. The striking variegated foliage of this variety of abelia will stay vibrant year-round, and will be accented by the spiraea blooms come spring and summer. Linda says, “Miss Lemon Abelia can perform brilliantly in full sun to part shade, and I love the profusion of delicate blooms against its bright yellow foliage.”
Enjoy four seasons of blooms in your own landscape by downloading our free Blooming Shrub Guide.