Play With Color: Hot colors, pink, yellow, orange and red all jump out at you, making distances seem shorter. Cool colors, blue, purples, violet and whites recede, making spaces seem longer.
If you want to make a small yard seem bigger, plant hot colors at the entryway and cool colors across the garden at the far end, where they’ll look like a misty watercolor painting.
Using Plants for Color and Texture: Brightly colored flowers and interesting foliage textures give a landscape vitality and personality. When we talk about flowers we’re usually referring to annuals, perennials, and bulbs. These words refer to different types of plants, but the distinctions between them are not as clear cut as you may think.
Annual plants usually grow for one season and then die. Perennials live on year-to-year if they’re grown in the proper climate.
Bulbs arise from some type of swollen below ground, rootlike structure that allows them to live on year to year in many areas, so technically they can be considered perennials.
Annuals for Flowers and Foliage: Annuals are the workhorse of the flowering landscape. They provide the quickest and showiest colors. If you want flower color, if you want your landscape to be bright, and if you want your landscape to look good right now, annuals are your answer.
Perennials for Permanent Color Impact: Perennial plants, grown for their colorful flowers, their abundant foliage, or both, are with us like the seasons. In other words, perennials return with their beauty, year after year. Compared with annuals which have to be replanted every year, perennials are left in place to grow, get bigger, look better, and bloom more season after season.
The plants known as perennials are a diverse group. Perennials include some of the best loved flowering colorful plants, such as daisies, mums, and carnations. Spectacular foliage plants such as ornamental grasses, hostas are also perennials.
Perennials can be planted in containers or worked in among trees and shrubs for seasonal color. Many perennials also make excellent ground covers.
Example ground cover
The classic use of perennials is to combine many of them in a large planting bed. A well designed perennial bed has something in bloom throughout the growing season. It not only adds beautiful color, but also relies on plant texture for visual interest.
Designing a spectacular planting can take years of experience, but even beginning landscapers can create a colorful masterpiece for years to come with the right perennials.