April Showers Bring May Flowers. Then What?

by Tom on May 17, 2012

Spring is an easy time to be a gardener in New England. The azaleas get the party started, the rhododendrons join in and before you know it your whole yard is a riot of color. It’s so loud, the neighbors are calling the police. And all you had to do was stand back and let nature take its course.

But before long the purples and pinks begin to fade and the summer heat is upon us. Things can thin out pretty quickly if you haven’t planned your landscape carefully. One of the reasons to work with a professional landscaper is to make sure that you have color and interest in your garden all throughout the year. We help our clients plan an environment that always has a little sumthin-sumthin going on. Here are a few of our greatest hits:

Grasses:

We’re not talking Fescue here, people.  We’re talking bushy, lush ornamental grasses. They can fill up a bare spot and create a focal point of texture. They come in a variety of colors and sizes and are perfect for gardeners who would rather be watching the Red Sox (of course, this year, we may rather be watching the grasses).

Ornamental trees:

There is nothing prettier than a Japanese maple to accent a water feature or add interest to your foundation plantings. With a deep red color and a delicate leaf, Japanese maples are a great contrast to a mostly green background. Also, the lacy maple is a real showstopper in the fall.

Lavender:

Lavender adds a beautiful soft color and a calming fragrance to your garden. Lavender requires little maintenance and is fairly drought (vacation) tolerant. Even after the bloom has faded you’ll enjoy the silvery color and texture. You can also cut lavender blooms and keep them in water or hang them upside down for 10-14 days to dry them. You can also use it in cocktails.

So give us a call.  A colorful yard can be yours without a lot of work!

 

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