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Mountain Gardening: Ensure Lasting Color in the Garden

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It takes a little planning to grow a long season of flowers in the Mountain region. Here are four ways to get started.

garden of tall plumes of purple flowers and green foliage

By Jodi Torpey

I knew I finally made it as a gardener when something always bloomed from late winter into fall. It’s a lively gardener’s challenge to create a bright and beautiful landscape that’s in flower for as many frost-free days as possible.

One secret to continuous color is to think landscape layers. Start with a leafy, green backdrop for flowers by planting small trees, flowering shrubs and vase-shape vines behind them.

The second layer includes perennials with tall flower stalks, as well as clumps of ornamental grasses and colorful foliage plants. The bottom layer features smaller flowering plants, annuals with long bloom times, and an assortment of bulbs.

It takes a little planning to have a succession of blooms in the Mountain region. Here’s how to get started:

purple crocus flowers in snow

Think Spring in Fall

This fall plant spring-blooming bulbs, such as crocuses and snowdrops, so flowers show up as early as February.

garden of purple coneflowers

Plan for Summer Color

When shopping for plants, read the tags and descriptions. Look for a range of average bloom times, and the different plant sizes when each is in bloom. Be sure to plant mid- to late- summer bloomers: daylilies, coneflowers, black-eyed Susans, dahlias, coreopsis, salvias and daisies.

Fill specific spots with the colors that show up and show off against the planted background.

xeriscape with yucca, and red and yellow flowers

Add Colorful Foliage

Foliage plants add color and texture to the blooming garden. Mix light and dark foliage colors in a range of sizes to fill spaces between flowers and to add interest when flowers just start to bloom.

narrow border of yellow flowers with brown centers

Choose Long-lasting Flowers

Some perennials are known for their long seasons of flowers. One of my favorites is a brown-eyed Susan called Rudbeckia trifolia. The flowers start in midsummer and last into fall. Many varieties of penstemon, yarrow (Achillea spp.) and blanket flower (Gaillardia spp.) are also known for their blooming power.

Planning for a Succession of Blooms: A Regional Guide

Discover strategies to keep a garden blooming spring through fall (and sometimes even winter!).

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Mountain Gardening

Grow a diverse, colorful and gorgeous garden in the Mountain region.

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Gardening & Planting Tips by Region

Check out a variety of garden ideas, plans, articles, videos and projects for your region. No matter what region you live in, Lowe's has garden tips for you.

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