This is a wonderful time of year to relax and enjoy the gardens. But, as you look around, use a critical eye and consider the plants that make up the landscape around you. Is everything the same shape of leaf or flower? Are there blank spots just begging for something pretty? Consider mixing things up in shape, structure or color. Contrast will draw the eye!
When adding something new to the garden, keep in mind the human eye is drawn to odd number groupings; three or five plants grouped together will create a cohesive look, adding more impact than a dot of color here, there and yonder.
Save room in the gardens for summer and fall bloomers, perennials and annuals, too! Don’t just shop your favorite nurseries in June. Visiting later in the summer you find wonderful new plants to lengthen the bloom time in your gardens. Fortunately, there are many perennials that bloom in late summer, including ornamental grasses, lobelia (the perennial variety!), asters, Russian sage, cimicifuga and sedum. And there are plenty of sun-loving, heat tolerant annuals to complement them, such as ageratum, alyssum, nicotiana, salvia and verbena.
With a little planning you can create annual-perennial partnerships that will keep your flower gardens looking terrific for a full 5 or 6 months.