Seasonal displays have the power to make your landscape pop. They are an artful way to bring new life to your property each season.
You can add color with bright and bold blooms or up your vibrancy with foliage and greenery. Either way, your landscape will stand apart.
If you’re looking for inspiration for your seasonal displays, you’re in the right place.
This blog covers several tips to make your landscape, not only pop, but last longer.
We’ll also go over the best plants to include in your landscape this year.
How to Add Pops of Color
There’s a reason why so many artists use bright spring flowers as their muse. It’s because there’s nothing like the sight of their colors.
Planting flowers that have bright and bold hues adds life to your landscape.
Flowering plants can also provide curb appeal as colors envelope your property.
Learn how to make hydrangeas turn blue or get your pink peonies flourishing for their symbolized good luck and prosperity.
Here are some top trees and plants with brightly colored foliage for your residential or commercial property:
- Crape myrtle
- Royal Empress
- October Glory red maple
- Paw Paw
If you’re looking for plants with a longer blooming period, consider these:
- Garden phlox
- Shasta daisies,
- Russian sage
- Black-eyed Susan
Don't Skip the Greenery
There’s a balance to everything and that includes color in your landscape.
The most attractive seasonal displays have both a mix of greenery and pops of color. Incorporating green-colored shrubs or foliage can make your bright blooms even bolder.
Learn how to enhance your landscape with ornamental grasses.
Additionally, greenery stays vibrant for more seasons throughout the year. It is a great way to keep your landscape lively when other seasonal plants aren’t blooming.
Greenery is also your ticket to backyard privacy landscaping ideas. Aside from providing beauty to your space, smart shrub designs create privacy.
Shrubs to add green:
- Funshine (abelia grandiflora)
- Lemon Coral (sedum mexicanum)
- Chartreuse arborvitaes
- Lemony Lace (sambucus racemosa)
- Sungold Sawara Cypress
Include Native Plants
Did you know native plants for NJ landscapes improve water quality over time? Their roots prevent erosion and act as a filter against harmful chemicals that penetrate the ground.
But the benefits of native plants don’t stop there. Native plants also encourage wildlife to pollinate and visit your yard.
If you live in an area with an abundance of wildlife, consider planting native shrubs that are more wildlife resistant.
Using native plants specific to your region also ensures longevity for your displays.
These plants tend to need less care than non-native plants. It is easier to keep them alive because of their natural proclivity to grow.
A few NJ native shrubs include:
- Bearberry ( Arctostaphylos uva-ursi )
- Northern Spicebush ( Lindera benzoin )
- Highbush blueberry ( Vaccinium corymbosum )
- Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
Looking for something bigger in your landscape? Consider native trees:
- Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)
- Flowering dogwood (Cornus Florida)
- American Elm (Ulmus americana ‘Princeton’)
- Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Looking for something extraordinary as a focal point in your landscape? Check out the best exotic and specimen trees to grow in New Jersey.
Plant Along 'Traffic Areas"
Traffic areas refer to the spots in your landscape that you or other people walk most frequently. Because these zones see the most foot traffic, they are susceptible to more damage.
Many property owners chose not to plant anything in these areas. They assume that the plants will expire too quickly. But that means leaving areas bare, dull, and unwelcoming.
Creating curb appeal and a welcoming environment for guests is meaningful. Commercial property owners even find that well designed outdoor spaced offer big dividends.
Planting hardy shrubs that can withstand damage is an effective and easy solution.
The following are four great ground covers to plant in areas that get a great deal of traffic.
- Creeping Golden Buttons (Cotula sp. ‘Tiffindell Gold’)
- Thyme leaf Speedwell (Veronica oltensis)
- White Yarrow (Achillea millefolium ‘Sonoma Coast’)
- Snow-in-Summer (Cerastium tomentosum)
Add Outdoor Lighting
Shine a light on the things you love to look at. Give your landscape depth and beauty at night with outdoor lighting.
Incorporate landscape lighting into your seasonal displays to welcome guests and provide outdoor security lighting for your property.
Landscape lighting will bring your plant life to a new dimension with its twinkling effects.
Create ambience with water lighting and highlight the best features of your landscape.
Set the mood for entertainment or start your own private retreat. Either way light is an essential component in any landscape design.
Great examples of outdoor lighting include:
- Pathway lighting
Edging and Mulch
There are many benefits of choosing an estate maintenance plan. Having a plan means that you set goals and expectations for your landscape to thrive.
Adding tidy borders around your displays will give your landscape a clean look. Neatly-edged beds tie seasonal displays together for a cohesive appeal.
And don’t forget to mulch. It protects your plants from disease and drought.
Adding dark-colored mulch is also another great way to add contrast to your display. Your bright blooms will be healthier and pop even more when you surround them with mulch.
Seasonal displays can add a pop of life and color to your landscape. But having the right mix of plants is necessary to keep your displays blooming longer.
Not sure which varieties would thrive in your landscape? Consult a landscape designer for advice.
Sponzilli Landscape Group can help you create a display that looks its best every season.
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