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Gulf Coast Gardening: Combine Four Plants for Year-Round Appeal

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Grow camellias, azaleas, amaryllis and princess flowers together. By layering these plants, you can have blooms all year.

Encore Azalea Autumn Sunset

By Keri Byrum

By combining plants with varying flower times you can create a landscape with year-round appeal.

Camellia Carter's Sunburst

Winter: Camellias

The classic camellia bush provides large, showy flowers during the winter and is a good foundation plant the rest of the year. Camellias prefer some shade and a location with good drainage. Their glossy, green foliage makes a nice backdrop for other plants the rest of the year.

Red amaryllis flowers.

Spring: Amaryllis

These tropical bulbs thrive in the Gulf Coast climate. Their tall spikes of flowers appear during the spring months and are available in a range of colors from white to deep red. For the greatest impact, plant in masses of five or more bulbs. Amaryllis’ long, green leaves remain until late fall, when the bulb goes dormant until flowering.

Princess flower, Tibouchina.

Summer: Princess Flower

Princess flower (Tibouchina spp.) adds deep-purple blooms in summer. These tropical shrubs flower best in full sun, and you can easily prune them to maintain a smaller size or mimic the shape of a tree. Masses of large, purple flowers are colorful focal points during summer’s heat and humidity.

Encore Azalea Autumn Sundance

Fall: Azalea

Fall-blooming azaleas, like this Encore, are repeat bloomers for adding color to autumn. When many other plants slow down for cooler temperatures, azaleas flower profusely. Azaleas prefer full sun to partial shade, creating a wide spectrum of planting possibilities. Fertilizing regularly keeps plants blooming consistently and prolifically.

‘Shishi Gashira’ camellia.

From winter flowers to summer blooms, these four plants keep your garden flowering with very little care.

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