What home gardener doesn’t dream of a garden that is always full of color and looks good throughout the year?

The problem is that so many of our ornamental garden plants are one-season wonders: We love them during the short time that they’re in bloom but then rush to hide them with other plants when they stop blooming. And this is not always easy to accomplish.

The secret to a garden that is always attractive is to think beyond flowers. Attractive foliage especially leaves that are evergreen and therefore present all year ensures an effect that will carry the garden through the entire year. Any flowers that appear, however fleeting they may be (no flower lasts forever!), are simply welcome additions.


Here’s a simple combination of plants for an all-seasons garden. It includes plants for sunny to partially shady conditions; that are adaptable to any rich, well-drained garden soil; and that are able to grow in Zones 2 to 9. The plants are all reasonably drought-resistant once established, but adding a soaker hose to the display so that you can water them during periods of prolonged drought is always wise. Read More →