In the planning process, it’s important to include the entire calendar year. Do you want to spend hours creating a garden that looks lovely in the spring, only to find that it is void of interest in the fall and winter? Take time to consider how your garden will look in every season and plan accordingly.
Having sequential bloom is ideal. Trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs have a variety of bloom times, and, believe it or not, you can find plants in bloom in almost every month. We tend to think of flowers blooming in the spring and summer, but a whole host of plants give us pleasure at other times of the year. In addition to bloom time, we look for fruit, fall color, and bark variation. Winter has very different tones from summer; however, they can be just as majestic.
When choosing plants, consider the plant hardiness zone you live in. Stores will usually indicate what a plant’s best “hardiness zone” is. Delaware, Chester, and Montgomery County are zone 7a and 7b. The complete 2012 hardiness zone map produced by the US Department of Agriculture can be found here.
A well-tended garden will reward you with many years of pleasure.