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Seasonal Color

Posted on 15 January 2011

Seasonal ColorJune 3, 2009
by Margaret Sass for the Landscape Network

A great feature of our yards is the ability to transform with the seasons giving us an exciting splash of changing color and adding interest into what would otherwise be a predictable yard. Perennials are a key component to a yard that changes color over throughout the seasons. Evergreens are also a key component to giving some stability to the look of our landscaping throughout the year. Annuals will bring the bright, exciting summer-time color to our landscapes and give us the ability to control the color layout each year. Plantings are an exciting component to our landscaping and they give us the chance to decorate our outdoors with our choice colors.

Some things we learn in life, we don’t always immediately connect with other things that may apply. Sometimes it becomes clearer over time that their relevance can be applied to many other things. My mother still to this day maintains her garden, and it has grown to be quite large. Last year she had a company come and expand her garden so that she can have even more vegetables that she uses as a topic of conversation with her friends and the neighbors that she shares them with. It is truly one of her favorite pastimes that I get to share with her and my children. We always look forward to being able to visit her. We never get tired of spending time in her yard and enjoying her great displays of color.

Many gardeners enjoy annual gardens because it gives them a chance to always have a changing annual display every year, and some of the annuals they will use as cuttings for displays inside of their homes. Although annuals are short lived, their explosive color and beautiful appeal to a garden are almost a necessity. A very common annual found in landscapes is the petunia. Petunias grow to fill in areas with dense varying color and can give your yard an extreme color appeal. Wave petunias are known for their ability to spread as they grow and cover a wide area. Petunias will need sufficient sunlight to flower and do not do well in shaded areas, so be sure to plant in areas of your landscape that are full sun. Petunias can be planted at the base of another larger potted plant, to drape over the edges and provide a nice colorful border to the larger plant.

Some people opt not to use annuals in their landscape for a simple over-looked reason. Annuals require daily water, as they are small plants that soak up the hot sun. Many homeowners and landscaping companies overlook setting up the irrigation system to handle annual plantings. Having your annuals on their own zone will give you the ability to control their watering independently from other trees and shrubs, which do not require daily watering. Irrigation contractors can install annual irrigation areas, commonly with microspray nozzles which area easily removed and adjusted as the annuals grow. While to add a seperate zone can be somewhat costly ($350-$850), the ability to plant your flowers and virtually forget the watering is well worth the cost.

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