How to pick flowers and plants for an all-year-round garden

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How to pick flowers and plants for an all-year-round garden
Annual flowers like pansies create a burst of colour in the garden. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Gardens filled with a variety of plants and flowers for every season provide a space to enjoy year-round. With a wide range of sizes and blooms, year-round gardens also create an ever-changing landscape to admire what's in bloom and anticipate what's to come. To ensure a successful all-season garden, pick those plants that grow in your area, which means looking in a local garden centre. With a little preplanning, you can have a colourful, long-lasting garden to enjoy for many years.

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  • Blueprint
  • Perennial flowers
  • Evergreen plants
  • Spring bulbs
  • Annuals

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  1. 1

    Choose flowers and plants that grow in the garden based on the climate and the amount of sun the garden receives. Pick easy-to-grow plants that are heat and drought tolerant to create a successful, long-lived garden.

  2. 2

    Draw out a blueprint or rough draft of the design to refer to as you work your way through the project and to allow you to make quick changes during the planting process.

  3. 3

    Grow flowers and plants for every season to guarantee the garden is in year-round bloom. Start by planting perennial flowers, a variety of plant that grows back every year fuller and taller than before.

  4. 4

    Pick winter-blooming plants that emerge in winter to early spring to ensure colour in the colourless season. Grow flowers like snowdrops to create colour in late winter to early spring.

  5. 5

    Choose evergreen plants to grow inside the year-round garden to defy the barren landscape of winter. Pick blooming evergreens like hellebore and camellia for their bright colours and showy foliage.

  6. 6

    Add spring flower bulbs like daffodils in the garden to fill in bare spots and supply colour after winter. Grow the bulbs around the flower garden for splashes of colour throughout.

  7. 7

    Pick annual flowers that thrive outdoors in the UK to add colour between the seasons and help fill in bare, hard-to-reach spots. Place annuals like pansies to create a full and colourful bed.

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