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Color Washing

by | May 3, 2013 | Market News

The days are getting warmer and the snow just may be on vacation until this fall. Your landscape seems to be lacking in color early in the growing season. Currently, the variety of colors you have consist of light green, medium green and dark green in your landscape during the spring and early summer months. Your homes entry may not be welcoming yet and the landscape seems a little dull. Add some color in the spring to increase the excitement in the yard and let it wash your landscape with color. Your landscape will come alive in the spring and brighten your day.

There are several trees, shrubs, and perennials that bloom in May and June. Some of these bloom for a short period of time. Some of the plants have some wonderful foliage colors in the spring. It is also wise to mix in shrubs and perennials that bloom for a longer period of time. These can be added to annuals that bloom throughout the spring and summer months.  The idea is to add a pop of color and texture to the landscape. This can make your home’s entrance feel inviting to guests and add that feeling of excitement and cheerfulness to your yard.

Some examples of trees that bloom in May/June are Cherry, Crabapple, Dogwood, Hawthorn, Lilac, Magnolia, Mountain Ash, Redbud, Serviceberry, and Viburnum.  The bloom colors range from white, pink, red, to purple and the heights and widths range from 6 to 30 feet. There are many choices, depending on what color or colors you prefer and your space available. These trees are available in smaller pot sizes, which make them easier for homeowners to plant them.

Some shrubs that bloom early are Azalea, Chokeberry, Dogwood, Forsythia, Lilac, Ninebark, Rhododendron, Serviceberry and Viburnum. The bloom colors range from white, yellow, pink, red, lavender, to purple and heights and widths range from 2 to 15 feet. These shrubs are all available in pot sizes that are manageable for most homeowners to plant.

There are numerous perennials that bloom early in the season. Some examples are Columbine, Bergenia, Bleeding Heart, Brunnera, Columbine, Coral Bells, Dianthus, Goat’s Beard, Iris, Peony, Pulmonaria, and Salvia. The bloom colors range from white, yellow, pink, red, blue, to purple and heights and width range from 6 to 36” inches.

Adding an additional splash of color can be done with annuals. They can be planted in the ground at entryways, along walks, or next to a patio. Planting in pots can give you the option to move them around in the landscape. Annuals in hanging baskets can add a punch of color and frame an entry. Having a gathering on your patio? Place the pots and hanging baskets next to the patio to add interest and color.

Go ahead and use a little imagination and add some color, interest, and make your yard a visual display.  Need some help?  Contact our Landscape Department for a FREE Estimate!

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