Posted: 24/04/2014 at 21:44
Yes, visit the garden centre now and see what's doing well right now. Get a couple only. See too what's in bud and check them out.
Colour comes from foliage too...e.g. The hebes come in all sorts of delightful evergreen foliage colours. If your soil is acidic check out pieris for brilliant red leaves now and for few weeks. I have a variety called Flaming Silver ...the leaves are green and white and the new growth is bright red.
You can buy for summer colour now....echinaceas, for example, but if you visit the garden centres regularly ...or, better still, some local nurseries...you can again buy plants in flower at those times. Domt forget late summer and autumn too....loads of flowers around then.
This evening I have been adding some of the final touches to a bed that had lots of winter and early spring colour but now put in heleniums. Agastaches, salvia Amistad (check this one out folks. It has the most stunning purple blue flowers all summer long) and euphorbia rubra (alongside anemone Wild swan). Bowles golden grass next to Japanese blood grass a couple of hostas and Heucheras, geum Totally Tamgerine as well as a few tall grasses and I have all the colour amd form I need all summer long and not just from flowers.
Patience, thinking. (none of these was just plonked in for "instant" summer colour) and time will give your sister her colourful garden Paul