Planning a landscape fit for all four seasons in Sussex County, NJ, can take a considerable amount of thought. However, the winter cheer and year-round color this will create will be well worth it. You will need to identify which plants bloom each season, and group them so that areas of your landscape design aren’t left bare during certain times of the year.
Although your final plant selection will depend on the soil and the amount of sunlight the landscape receives, we hope these seasonal plant suggestions inspire brightly colored designs for the coming seasons. For more one-on-one advice, visit our garden center to pick the brains of our experienced staff.
Flowers to enhance your summer softscape
Coneflowers bloom in summer and continue to flower throughout the fall in brilliant shades of purple, orange, red, white, and green. They also bear seed pods that add character to winter landscapes and provide food for birds. Petunias have one of the longest flowering seasons, ranging from mid-spring to late fall. Hybrid petunias are incredibly versatile, highly sought after, and available in shades of pink, purple, blue, red, and white. Gaillardia is another flowering plant that comes in bright shades of yellow and is often adorned with deep maroon markings. These flowers are ideal for filling up areas of the softscape where the soil is poor, as Gailardia thrive in loose, sandy soil that isn’t especially fertile.
Bluestar is a wildflower species that blooms in June to reveal five beautiful pale-blue petals. In addition to adding color to your landscape, these plants add interesting textures to the landscape all year long. Peonies are renowned for the class and sophistication that they bring to flower beds in the late spring and summer. Tree peonies, however, are small shrubs that can bear flowers large enough to really turn heads. They blossom in dappled shade and add bright colors and a beautiful fragrance to any landscape.
Fall plants for added color
Sedum only becomes brighter as summer fades into fall, adding color and character to a landscape when it begins to need it most. The colors that these plants contribute to the surrounding foliage include purple, yellow, orange, and red, while some varieties are a simple, succulent green. Sedum are hardy succulent plants that do well in conditions where other plants struggle.
Spring bloomers for a fairytale-like landscape
Siberian Iris bears flowers in blue, white, yellow, and lavender that bloom in late spring and continue to flourish throughout summer. Golden foliage like this is always an attractive addition to any softscape. In the winter, their dark seed pods draw attention and attract birdlife to the yard. Clusters of Candytuft flowers bloom in the early spring, contributing a fluffy white layer to the landscape until the end of summer. Certain varieties even bear purple, pink, and red blossoms. In addition, their evergreen foliage remains visually appealing all year round.