An all-season garden can become a personal and private retreat that provides recreation, exercise, and enjoyment for gardeners of all ages.
For the amount of work and investment you put into your garden, you should be able to enjoy it throughout the year. Sadly, far too many gardeners rely on gardens that bloom for six weeks out of the year. Instead, we’d like to help you cultivate a year-round garden that you can proudly share from January to December.
Your garden should reflect your taste, yard size, and orientation, effort, and budget, as well as your city’s weather. It’s best to seek local expertise when planning a year-round garden, but we’re sharing some general tips to get you started today.
Best Ways to Achieve an All-Season Garden
- Choose Variety
Many gardens feature the most popular plants for the area, which usually bloom in late spring. Instead of focusing on just flowers, start branching out. Consider a variety of florals, bushes, trees, herb plants, fruits, and vegetables. Choose plants that bloom at different times, and mix in plants that survive year-round.
- Go Beyond Blooms
We often focus on a plant’s bloom, such as the gorgeous azalea, but a year-round garden requires you to look beyond just a flower’s bloom. To enjoy your garden on off-seasons, plant bushes and trees that provide beautiful foliage that changes throughout the year. Create interest by planting choices that go through evolutions of blooming, color, and shedding.
- Research All Year
Spring is by far the most popular time to visit your local nursery and settle in for Saturdays of yard work. However, if you want a yard that thrives in summer, fall, and winter, you need to keep your garden in mind through those seasons as well. Visit public gardens and investigate gardens that look good in the off seasons for ideas.
You don’t need plants growing out of every single inch of your property. In fact, creating some margin with “hardscaping” can create a perfect backdrop for your plants. Add pavers, water features, rock beds, edging, and other non-plant elements to add variety to your garden and fill out spots that may look more sparse during colder months.
- Plan Layout Strategically
There are so many ways to layout your garden, so we recommend taking a minute to brainstorm what you want. Some gardeners like to create seasonal areas—a whole section of spring blooms that look stunning for a whole season, then allowing the focus to shift to fruit trees and bushes for summer, and autumn leaves that fall in their home’s backyard during the fall.
Other gardeners want their entire space to look interesting throughout the year, so they place plants that peak together interspersed with off-season plants—blooms mixed in with year-round conifers and bushes.
Cultivating a garden that’s pleasing to you and your guests 365 days a year is only a matter of thoughtful choice and planning.
All Green Pest Control Can Help with Your Landscaping
All Green Pest Control can help you curate a yard that can wow—no matter the season. Let us help you create the yard and all-season garden you desire, starting with a free consultation. We serve Utah and Salt Lake counties.