Staggering our flowers, shrubs, and trees so that we may take advantage of their natural life cycle will be key to how Design, Color, and Form relate to our ultimate objective of enjoying your gardens year-round. The goal is to “stagger” our plants so that things flower in the Spring, Summer, and Fall, and as of Fall approaches, we’ll see colourful leaf changes, and as Winter approaches, we’ll be able to rely on the plants’ shape or Form to create something beautiful to look at while everything has died or moved into its dormant life stage.
Starting with Spring,
we can divide the season into two categories: early and late blooming plants. As soon as your early Spring flowers and blossoms fade, your late Spring plants will begin their ascent to full bloom. We’ll need to scatter these plants across the design because of the staggered strategy, as we don’t want one portion to pop off while the rest of your gardens are dormant. We might get lucky and have things look lovely naturally if we don’t look at the wider picture, but with adequate planning, we can take use of the varied life cycles to enjoy the flowers for as long as possible without having to buy new plants as the seasons change.
We won’t see as many blossoms as we did in Spring once the long days of Summer arrive, because this is the time to savour the actual fruits of our labours. Flower buds develop into fruits, and trees take on the lush green hues that we associate with summer vacation. Fruit trees, flowers, and grasses that flourish in the intense heat and long days of summer might start to show off their wares here.
We won’t be able to discover any more blossoming plants as the days become shorter and Fall descends upon our yards and gardens; instead, we can focus on the changing of the leaves as our colourful focal point. We may now rely on trees, ornamental grasses, and shrubs because they are the main players in terms of leaf-changing beauty. Because we know that Winter Is Coming, and we will finally understand what I meant by “Form,” as described before, these plants will be our last stand in terms of colour this season.
Leaves will begin to fall and turn into a colourful jumble that will litter our yards and gardens.
The perfume of sweet-smelling flowers, fresh-cut grass, and the hum of bumblebees toiling away the day is no longer in the air. That doesn’t mean we’re out of options; we have an ace in the hole, just as we chose blooming plants with staggered bloom cycles and bushes and trees with lovely colour shifting leaves. We also planted a couple of “sleeper” knockouts, which don’t show off their gifts until the leaves have fallen away.
All we’ll see now are the actual shapes or “skeletons” of the bushes, trees, and shrubs we planted in the spring. Referring back to the Planning stage of the project, where the idea was to envision what the plants would look like in their barren form and then use those plants as a focal point throughout the colder months. We’ll be able to gaze out our window after the snow has fallen (if we’re lucky) and see the magnificent shapes the snow makes on our hibernating lawns, gardens, and patios.