Multiseasonal Stunners - Plants that Provide Beauty Year Round

Are you looking for a few plants to bring new life to your garden? If your garden is missing that early spring bloom, or looking too desolate in winter, the right plant is all you need to bring new life to your landscape. Plants that provide beauty year round can make a big difference to your landscape.

So many plants reach their climax in a given season, and planning your garden around a plant’s prime will ensure your landscape is looking great in any given season. While there are many plants that can help your garden look great in a given season, there are a few plants that have something to offer year-round.  

By using plants that add to your landscape throughout the seasons, your planting beds are going to look full and beautiful regardless of the season. Read on for landscaping ideas about trees, shrubs, and perennials that contribute to your landscape all year.

Trees

Hawthorn

A hawthorn with its bright green leaves and red berries can provide beauty year round.
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Hawthorn trees are spring bloomers that provide interest year-round, with persistent fruit that lasts into the fall as well as beautiful fall color.  They are a smaller tree, and you can probably find a spot for one in your landscape.

Tatarian Maple

The winged seeds of a Tatarian Maple with its reddish pink tipped wings provide color in late spring and summer.
https://www.waterwiseplants.org/find-a-plant/hot-wings-tatarian-maple/

Another smaller sized tree, the Tatarian Maple is a lot of fun. The winged seeds are red tipped and provide a stark contrast to the green foliage throughout late spring and summer. It is also a welcome addition to any landscape in the fall, with colors of yellow, orange, and red.

Golden Rain Tree

The Golden Rain Tree has long panicles of yellow flowers.
https://www.naturehills.com/golden-raintree

Yet another multi-seasonal stunner, the golden rain tree is a medium sized tree that is very hardy and has low water needs. In summer, it has long panicles of yellow flowers. In fall they produce a fruit capsule that is reminiscent of a Chinese paper lantern.

Shrubs

Carol Mackie Daphne

Carol Mackie Daphne has fragrant pink and white blooms appear in April.
https://www.waterwiseplants.org/find-a-plant/carol-mackie-daphne/

If you have a semi shaded area, the Carol Mackie Daphne is a great fit. Fragrant pink and white blooms appear in April, but the dense, variegated foliage is stunning throughout the year, and being a semi-evergreen, it holds its leaves late into the year.

Wayfaring Tree Viburnum

Bunches of small white flowers cover it in spring,  followed by red berries, and a lovely red to maroon fall color.
https://www.naturalnavigator.com/news/2018/08/the-wayfaring-tree-viburnum-lantana/

Don’t let the name fool you, The Wayfaring Tree Viburnum isn’t a tree, but rather a large shrub. This shrub will definitely earn its spot in your garden. Its dark green leaves are thick and leathery. Bunches of small white flowers cover it in spring and are followed by red berries with persistent and turn back in fall. They also provide a lovely red to maroon fall color.

Red Twig Dogwood

The Red Twig Dogwood has bright red stems once its leaves have dropped, it produces clusters of small white flowers, which are followed in the summer by white berries and Fall brings reddish foliage.
https://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/plants/921/red-twig-dogwood/

The Red Twig Dogwood is a four-season winner, providing hard to come by winter appeal. Bright red stems stand out strongly in any landscape once its leaves have dropped. In spring, it produces clusters of small white flowers, which are followed in the summer by white berries. Fall brings reddish foliage.

Perennials

Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass

Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass is one of those plants that provide beauty year round.
https://www.naturehills.com/grass-feather-reed

Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass: You may already have a few of these in your landscape, but these popular plants really add year round appeal to any garden. They produce their characteristic seed heads in summer, which sway gently in the slightest of breeze. Though the grass dies back in fall, you can hold off pruning it back until early spring, and it provides superb winter interest.

White phlox

In the Spring, White Phlox is completely covered in pure white flowers and  serves as an attractive deep green spreading ground cover throughout the growing season.
https://www.growjoy.com/store/pc/White-Delight-Creeping-Phlox-Plant-p9028.htm

In the Spring, White Phlox is completely covered in pure white flowers. Phlox serves as an attractive deep green spreading ground cover throughout the growing season.

Autumn Joy Sedum

Autumn Joy Sedum summer flowers open light pink, and darken to deep red throughout fall.
https://www.waterwiseplants.org/find-a-plant/autumn-joy-sedum/

Autumn Joy Sedum is a succulent. It grows upright in a tight clump. Its foliage is interesting through spring and summer, and in summer flowers open light pink, and darken to deep red throughout fall. 

Would you like to add plants that provide beauty year round to your landscape?

If you’re looking to create or revamp your landscape to make sure it’s looking great all year long, we can help. Contact us today to get in touch with a designer.