When you have a Forshaw backyard, you tend to want to show it off & we do not blame you! The best way to accent your gorgeous outdoor kitchen and outdoor furniture is with a beautiful, eye-catching garden. Use these tips to bring more color to your garden this summer.
1) If you have the time to keep up with the watering, add summer bedding plants to containers and borders. Petunia surfinia is a good choice and will bloom until the end of summer in a sheltered spot in light shade.
2) Astilbe, helenium and phlox paniculata are bright-colored perennials that flower late in the season and, bonus, they will grow back every year!
3) Add late summer flowering plants to an existing border. To do this, buy a few of the same variety and color and intersperse them throughout the border for a more subtle display.
4) Create a separate flower bed for late summer blooms. This will help when you are deciding on colors and the as the flowers fade, they will be replaced by others in another part of the garden create a separate flower bed for late summer flowering plants.
5) If you are planning on creating a display of warm colored flowers, avoid too many pastel colored blooms that will be overpowered by the stronger shades.
6) Dahlias are a popular choice and come in different colors and varieties from pom-pom to cacti types.
7) Brighten up containers and baskets, with violas. Deadhead them and they should continue to flower until early winter.
8) To add some vertical interest to borders, plant crocosmia. It has upright, spiky leaves and orange-red flowers. A popular variety is Lucifer, which grows up to 120 centimeters tall and has bright red flowers.
9) It isn’t just plants that can brighten up borders and pots. Try shrubs like Berberis, heucheras and lysimachia ciliate, with bronze, dark purple or burgundy foliage work well with yellow, red and orange colored flowers.
10) Japanese anemone is perfect if you have a low maintenance garden and will thrive in a shady spot. The plant produces large pink, mauve or white flowers.