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All-the-Time Blooming Gardens

All-the-Time Blooming Gardens

Colorful blooms in our gardens renew the spirit every time we see them. But to have a garden that blooms all the time requires choosing plants for a sequence of bloom, and including some long-bloomers in each bed or grouping of containers to sustain interest during lulls in seasonal blooming.

Here are five suggestions for all-the-time bloom you may not have thought of:

1. Tulips and daffodils are dependable sources of bloom in spring gardens, but for color don’t plant them alone. Pair early-blooming tulips of any color–red, pink, or white–with an underplanting of blue grape hyacinths.

2. Dainty fern-leaf pink bleeding heart is a great partner for late-blooming pink tulips. The bleeding heart foliage provides a lovely green backdrop for the bold tulip blossoms.

3. Later in the growing season, combinations of perennials, or perennials mixed with annuals, are the ticket for stunning effects.

4. Colorful or variegated foliage can be as exciting as flowers! For example, try miniature hostas with “Burgundy Glow” ajuga and alpine lady’s mantle in a partly shaded bed. Showy herbs work well in flower gardens. Try “Snow Bank” sweet alyssum with “Tricolor” sage.

5. Garden mums tend to dominate fall gardens, but there are other great fall combinations, too. For a combination of the familiar with the unusual, try “Autumn Joy” sedum with ornamental pink ribbon grass and dwarf purple asters.

Read more: Nature, Lawns & Gardens

Adapted from Lasagna Gardening for Small Spaces, by Patricia Lanza (Rodale Press, 2002).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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6:50AM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

Hellebores in many different and sometimes rich strong colours are good early in the year, too. Hessayon has written many books on gardening, and he also gives tips on how to get colour all the year round.

8:58PM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

Thank you for sharing these ideas!

8:53PM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

Delightful. If only tulips lasted for another month or two.

4:14PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013


4:10PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

I'm not much of a pink person so I've planted yellow and white tulips with my bleeding-hearts. Very showy for spring!

4:03PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

Thank you for all the ideas, especially the ones for the fall!! I love to have blooms all season long!

10:36AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

I LOVE the foliage and the flowers are a bonus

11:17AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Great ideas,thanks for sharing

8:41AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

hanks for the tips

7:25AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Thank you Annie, for Sharing this!

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