Colourful border with monarda, alchemilla, echinacea and Lobelia cardinalis

How to plan for year-round colour

We give our tips on how to have a garden that provides colour throughout the year.

Most gardens look their best during a few weeks in summer. But with the right mix of plants, you can extend the season of interest, potentially with each month presenting something new to admire in the garden.

The key to providing year-round interest is to have a strong backbone of shrubs and trees. These structural plants will prove especially useful in the winter months, when herbaceous perennials lie dormant below ground. Go for shrubs and trees that look good in different seasons, for example those bearing spring blossom and colourful autumn foliage.

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