10 Things to Plant for a Beautiful Yard All Year Long!

There’s nothing that completes a property like thoughtful, beautiful landscaping

One important part of creating such high-quality landscaping is choosing plants for every season so there is always something beautiful on your property. This ensures that your gardens and flower beds will never look dead and abandoned, even in winter. 

At Ebyland, landscaping is one of our specialties! In this blog, we’ll introduce you to various plants and flowers that will make your landscaping look lovely all year. 

Let’s get started!

Table of Contents
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    1. Spring
  • 2
    2. Summer
  • 3
    3. Autumn
  • 4
    4. Winter

Spring

Spring is a season of hope and new life. It's always exciting to see early flowers begin to bloom and buds form on the trees. There are many to choose from, but here’s a list of beautiful selections for early to late spring.

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1. Daffodils (Narcissus):

These cheerful, trumpet-shaped flowers come in various sizes and shades and are one of the iconic symbols of spring. They are often one of the first flowers to emerge, sometimes even when there's still snow on the ground so they add a lovely pop of color even while the rest of the earth is still waking up. 

2. Crocuses (Crocus):

Early bloomers with a variety of colors, crocuses often emerge even before the last frost, adding a burst of color to the garden.

3. Tulips (Tulipa):

Known for their diverse colors and elegant blooms, tulips are classic spring flowers that add beauty to any garden. They are a good transition bloom from early to mid-spring. 

4. Hyacinths (Hyacinthus):

With their fragrant flowers, hyacinths come in various colors and are perfect for both outdoor gardens and indoor arrangements. They are often planted with daffodils and tulips for a succession of spring flowers.

5. Cherry Trees (Prunus serrulata):

The iconic pink or white blossoms of cherry trees create a stunning display, especially in early spring. Keep in mind that blossoms appear earlier in warmer regions and later in cooler ones. 

6. Forsythias (Forsythia):

These shrubs produce bright yellow flowers before their leaves appear, creating a striking visual effect in any landscaping.

7. Peonies (Paeonia):

Peonies are iconic late-spring flowers that add a touch of elegance to gardens. Their large, fragrant blooms come in a variety of colors.

8. Lilacs (Syringa):

Known for their sweet fragrance, lilacs produce clusters of vibrant flowers in shades of purple, pink, and white, creating a stunning display in late spring.

9. Azaleas (Rhododendron):

Azaleas bloom in late spring, offering a range of colors from soft pinks to vibrant reds. They are excellent for adding pops of color.

10. Mock Orange (Philadelphus coronarius):

This shrub is also known as an English dogwood and blooms with white flowers in late spring and summer. It has several varieties and can be used for privacy hedges.

Now that we have a list for spring, let's look at some plants for summer!

Summer

Summer is the high point for landscaping. With warm days and plenty of sunshine, a well-landscaped yard and garden will be lush and inviting. There are almost endless varieties of bushes and flowers to choose from in the summertime, but here are ten of our favorites – just keep in mind that every plant thrives in specific conditions, such as the amount of sunlight it receives and the type of soil it prefers. Make sure to plant your flowers, shrubs, and trees in a place where they will thrive!

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1. Roses (Rosa):

With a wide variety of colors, shapes, and fragrances, roses are classic summer flowers that add elegance and romance to gardens.

2. Daylilies (Hemerocallis):

Available in numerous colors, daylilies are reliable summer bloomers that thrive in various soil conditions.

3. Hydrangeas (Hydrangea):

These versatile shrubs produce large, showy flower clusters in pink, blue, or white, adding a touch of charm to summer landscapes.

4. Dahlias (Dahlia):

Dahlias come in vast shapes and colors, making them a favorite for adding bold and vibrant blooms to summer flower beds.

5. Lavender (Lavandula):

It is prized for its fragrant blooms, which add a touch of Mediterranean beauty to summer gardens and attract pollinators.

6. Butterfly Bush (Buddleja):

Known for attracting butterflies with its long, cone-shaped flower clusters, the butterfly bush is a great addition to summer gardens.

7. Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia):

Crape myrtle is a popular summer-flowering shrub or small tree with colorful and long-lasting blooms.

8. Coneflowers (Echinacea):

These drought-tolerant perennials produce daisy-like flowers in various colors, providing a vibrant display throughout the summer.

9. Hibiscus (Hibiscus):

Both hardy and tropical varieties of hibiscus offer large, showy flowers in shades of red, pink, or white, creating a tropical feel.

10. Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia):

These native flowers have bright yellow petals with a dark central cone, adding a burst of color to summer landscapes and attracting valuable pollinators.

Summer landscaping also benefits from evergreen shrubs and hedges. If you enjoy gardening, summer-blooming annuals can also bring freshness to flowerbeds.

Autumn

As temperatures cool, the world turns shades of red, yellow, and orange. Autumn is a time when colorful shrubs and late-blooming flowers create a fiery, stunning landscape.

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Here’s a selection that’ll add that charming fall color to your garden and landscaping.

1. Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum):

Known as mums, these classic autumn flowers come in various colors and are a staple for fall gardens, providing a burst of color.

2. Autumn Joy Sedum (Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude'):

With its succulent-like foliage and pinkish-red flowers, Autumn Joy Sedum is a popular late-season perennial.

3. Asters (Symphyotrichum):

Asters bloom in various shades of pink, purple, and blue, adding a vibrant touch to the garden and attracting late-season pollinators.

4. Helenium (Helenium autumnale):

Also known as sneezeweed, Helenium produces daisy-like flowers in warm autumnal hues, adding a splash of color to fall landscapes.

5. Japanese Anemone (Anemone hupehensis):

Graceful and delicate, Japanese Anemones produce charming flower shades of pink or white, extending the blooming season into fall.

6. Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus):

With its vibrant red foliage, the burning bush is a standout shrub that adds a dramatic touch to autumn landscapes.

7. Witch Hazel (Hamamelis):

Witch Hazel blooms with unique, spidery flowers in shades of yellow or orange, providing a late-season burst of color and fragrance.

8. Smokebush (Cotinus):

Known for its airy, smoke-like plumes, the Smokebush turns shades of red, orange, or purple in the fall, creating a stunning display.

9. Fothergilla (Fothergilla):

This compact shrub offers brilliant fall foliage in shades of yellow, orange, and red, adding a pop of color to the autumn garden.

10. Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia):

In addition to its large, showy blooms, the Oakleaf Hydrangea boasts vibrant red and burgundy foliage in the fall.

These flowers and shrubs collectively contribute to the warm and inviting atmosphere of autumn gardens, offering a rich palette of colors and textures.

Winter

Winter is a time when people spend more time indoors and landscaping work rests. However, with the help of evergreen shrubbery and late-winter flowers, your garden and yard can remain lovely and inviting.

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This list includes varieties that will add green and color to your winter landscape.

1. Winterberry Holly (Llex verticillata):

This deciduous holly features vibrant red berries that persist through winter, providing a festive touch to the garden.

2. Camellias (Camellia japonica):

Some camellia varieties bloom in winter, displaying large, waxy flowers in shades of pink, red, or white.

3. Firethorn (Pyracantha):

A versatile evergreen shrub known for its attractive clusters of bright berries, vibrant fall foliage, and sharp thorns, making it a popular choice for ornamental hedges and garden borders.

4. Heather (Calluna vulgaris):

Winter-blooming varieties of heather produce tiny, bell-shaped flowers in shades of pink, white, or purple, providing color during the colder months.

5. Red Twig Dogwood (Cornus sericea):

Known for its bright red stems, Red Twig Dogwood adds a pop of color to winter landscapes, especially against a backdrop of snow.

6. Hellebores (Helleborus):

Also known as Christmas or Lenten Roses, hellebores produce elegant, nodding flowers in various colors, often blooming in late winter.

7. Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum):

This deciduous shrub blooms in late winter to early spring, covering its arching branches with bright yellow, fragrant flowers.

8. Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis):

These low-growing, golden-yellow flowers bloom late in the winter, often appearing even before the last snowfall.

9. Pansies (Viola tricolor var. hortensis):

Pansies are hardy winter annuals that come in a variety of colors, providing cheerful blooms during milder winter days.

10. Snowdrops (Galanthus):

These delicate, nodding white flowers are often the first to appear in late winter, symbolizing the imminent arrival of spring.

Conclusion

We hope this blog got you excited about the possibilities for your landscaping this year! If you enjoyed this blog, you might also like 

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