Spruce Up Your Yard with Seasonal Flowers and Plants

Bright colors can enhance the beauty of your yard and what better way to bring color than with flowers and plants? Blues, reds, yellows and purples can make a color splash across your yard when the right flowers and plants are in place. If you want your yard to be bright and colorful all year round, consider adding seasonal plants to your landscape design.

Spring

Each region is different for planting, but one flower embodies spring in most areas of the country: tulips. One of the first flowers to bloom, tulips are a gorgeous way to begin the spring. These bulb flowers need to be planted in the fall to begin unfolding in late March through May, depending on where you live. Daffodils, pansies, lilies and irises are other popular spring flowers.

Summer

There are so many flowers that can last all summer long. Roses are some of the most popular, with many varieties and colors to choose. Daisies, marigolds and many others can thrive in the hot summer months with the right care.

Fall

In the fall you need flowers that can withstand colder nights. Some options include chrysanthemums, Iberis autumn beauty, heliopsis, sumac and ornamental kale.

Winter

While most colder climates cannot offer winter flowers, there are other plants that can add color to your yard. Consider bushes, shrubs and trees with bright berries or leaves. Holly, Japanese maples and cotoneaster are some of the many options to brighten the cold winter months.

Want to create a gorgeous yard with brightly-colored seasonal plants? Contact your local landscaper to discuss which flowers and plants grow best in your region and begin planning your new landscape design.

Posted on behalf of:
Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 609-4510

Best Plants to Use for Landscaping

There are hundreds of choices of plants you can add to your landscape design. Determining what is “best” for your yard comes down to your needs, preferences and style. There are a few factors to consider when deciding which plants will work best for your yard: space, function, maintenance and aesthetics. Here are some things to consider about these four factors when searching for the best plants for your landscaping design.

Space

The best plants for your landscaping will depend on the space. Small saplings grow into large trees – you need to choose plants that will fit comfortable in your yard and not interfere with your home, pool, plumbing and other features on your property.

Function

What function do you want from your plants? Whether you want trees for shade and privacy, or a vegetable garden for sustainable living, this all plays into the types of plants that will function in your landscape design.

Maintenance

Some plants are simple to grow. Native plants tend to be easier to maintain since they naturally thrive in the region where you live; for example, trying to maintain tropical foliage in a desert region is difficult. If you want easy maintenance, choose plants that do well in your type of climate and require little pruning or other maintenance.

Aesthetics

Plants that add beauty to your landscaping is important. The colors, shapes and textures all add to your overall landscaping appearance. Choosing plants that fit your aesthetic tastes and meet the other three considerations are the most desirable.

To design a landscaped yard that is functional, beautiful and easy to maintain, you need the right plants and landscaping expertise. Talk to your local landscaper to find the best plants that will fit your needs.

Posted on behalf of:
Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping
Cumming, GA 30041
(678) 294-0351

Perennials or Annuals? Which to Plant.

As spring looms on the horizon, homeowner’s minds often turn towards their plans for outdoor living in and gardening. For those who particularly enjoy floral blooms as part of their landscape design, the debate often rages between whether to plant perennials, which will resurface each year, or to plant annuals, which must be replenished once they die out.

The best answer to that question is – you should plant both. Although perennials provide the simplicity of ongoing regeneration, they do have their downside as well. For those who enjoy variety and change, planting only perennials can seem a bit too monotonous and predictable. Of course, being sure to plant varieties that bloom at different times of the year will help lessen that sense, since new flowers will be blooming as others are dying out. The other issue with perennials is the need for thinning down the over population that can occur as they continue to multiply and spread over the years.

Annuals, on the other hand, can be purchased and planted new each year, always testing out new varieties and different color combinations. The downside to annuals, of course, is the expense. Their initial cost may be lower than most perennial plants, but when you multiply the cost over several years, the expense quickly surpasses that of the perennial variety.

The best solution is to plant a large majority of your floral areas with perennials and then add a smaller amount of annuals in other areas or as accents in large pots. This keeps your annual floral costs down, while still providing you with a fresh new look each year.