Everyone loves a colorful yard. In the spring and summer, even a novice garden can get a colorful yard without much effort. However, achieving year-round color is often much more challenging. No matter whether you get storms and rain or snow and ice, you can still create an attractive outdoor space for all four seasons. Here are a few ways.
1. Long-Lasting Color
Some shrubs and trees provide interesting colors through all three warmer seasons and even into winter. Many maple trees, for instance, have different colored leaves in various seasons that range from green to deep reds - with all shades in between. The Japanese maple is a good, all-season tree that varies its red hues and may even offer yellow and peach colored shades.
Evergreens are often overlooked when it comes to keeping the yard looking great. They provide year-round shades of green no matter what the climate, and these trees are hardy for weathering storms and snow. For even more visual interest, try using holly, which brings bright red berries to the wintertime, or winter heath's bright purple blooms. Evergreens also provide the perfect palette for topiary and fun shapes.
2. Colorful Features
If the leaves have fallen, look for other elements of your shrubbery that can provide interest and hues. Another Japanese maple, the Bihou variety, boasts orange-yellow or peachy stems that provide color even when the leaves are gone. Paper birch trunks and branches are white on the outside but peel away to reveal a more orange interior. These trees are interesting and beautiful against a mostly-dormant yard.
3. Artificial Color
If you simply don't have any natural plant shades in the winter, beat the doldrums with some splashes of your own artistry. You could opt for beautiful and bold statuary, fountains, tiles, or garden art. Or, create a yard focal point with a bright and vibrant arbor or gazebo, depending on the yard size.
Throw in some colorful outdoor furniture, pots, and patio pieces that will liven things up even when you're not using them. Or paint the fence, outbuildings, or even the house a more interesting shade for a maintenance-free pop of color. Be creative and express your personal style, and that style will shine particularly in the more monochromatic fall and winter seasons.
4. Rotating Color
Time the colorful blooms and leaves throughout your garden to keep things coming and going through the seasons. By planning your garden beds in advance, you can intersperse flowers and shrubs that will blossom at different times to keep things fresh.
How can you time your color? Early spring bulbs like tulips and daffodils bring bright shades after a long winter. They also tend to come up yearly without extra work in the early days of spring. Follow that up with your favorite Carolina summer annuals, like black-eyed Susans, lilies, and phlox. For fall, add some aster or sage for a colorful autumn just as things start dying back.
Adding color to your yard is a fun task that doesn't all have to be done at once. You could begin by taking note of what colors already exist in your landscape throughout the various seasons. Let those be a base for you to work off of by adding complementary items. Use your personal style and preferences to assist you.
If you're not sure where to start, talk to a professional landscape service with experience in the local Carolina climate. At CDS Landscaping & Tree Service LLC, we can help you brainstorm what will work best in your particular space. Call us today to start working on a more colorful yard this year.