After living in our new home for almost a year, it is time to re-evaluate our landscaping plan. When we first moved in, our focus was on the interior. Grass, mulch, and the hard scape were put in place to prevent erosion. Then a general plan of trees and perennials was implemented. But after the first year of looking at the landscape, you start to realize that you have just begun!
We are in the process of evaluating our plantings- perennials versus annuals, trees versus shrubs.
What blooms during each time of the year? Is there always color? Were the plants planted in the right location or was there too much sun, water, etc. ? Who can help us? Voila! I discovered a fantastic website to help guide us in the right direction- Gardenia.net
Gardenia.net is a website that helps you design your gardens. It lists all the plants for your planting zone and will separate them by color. After you choose you selection, it gives you a chart with the bloom color by season.
We are working on a year round color border by the road, that will also be a cutting garden. Below are some of the plants that we are considering.
As you can see, it gives you the zone, blooming season, height and spread.
These are some plants that we are considering adding to the mix.
After you have made your selections, a color profile is shown to you to see how all the colors and textures work together.
Finally you get a bloom calendar that shows what is in bloom by season!
Gardenia also has many pictures of landscaping ideas. I was researching borders.
After doing a little research, I found out that hellebores, heath and camellias bloom in the winter in Western North Carolina.
Our landscape designer planted this border down the front walk
to get color in the front of the house for the winter season.
Hellebores and heath are perennials and will come back every year.
I was quite surprised to see this honey bee already at work on this hellebore's stamens.
Its only the middle of February!
We brought in large camellia shrubs to bloom during the winter season. Right now they are in the pots by the front door, but will be relocated to the garden in a month or so.
This is a winter border that I found on Gardenia.net. It adds a beautiful color during
the winter season. We will be starting to plant this in the next month.
Gardenia.net allows you to design one garden at no charge. After that, it is a $25 annual fee to design additional areas. Its well worth it for so much information. You can design each area of your garden- ie cutting garden, borders, herb garden and get a full detail chart for each one.
While it is dark and gray outside, it's a great time to start planning your gardens.