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Garden Design Ideas: How to Have an Everblooming Colorful Garden

Looking for ways to have a colorful garden that’s always in bloom? Follow these garden design ideas with tips for growing a beautiful garden that will provide season-long color.

And be sure to get my FREE printable must-have plant list for what to plant to get continual color and blooms throughout the growing season.

With the arrival of planting season, now is a great time to start planning and getting your flower garden ready for next year.

Having a garden that’s always in bloom requires some thought but is not difficult to achieve.

The idea behind the landscape design is to plant things with different bloom times as well as plants with color and interesting foliage.

Follow these garden design ideas to learn more about everblooming, colorful design.

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Garden Design Ideas: How to Grow a Colorful Garden that Blooms All Season Long

Before planting and growing a garden, we need to plan ahead and do some research.

Know Your Hardiness Zone

Before beginning, we need to understand what hardiness zone we live in.

Knowing our hardiness zone helps us understand how plants will survive in our climates.

I live in New Jersey, gardening Zone 6a, so certain plants won’t survive outside in winter.

In those cases, they are either treated as annuals or they must be overwintered indoors.

Moreover, some summer-loving annuals may not thrive in cool spring weather.

So it’s important to understand how plants will adapt to conditions.

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Understand Your Growing Conditions

Before choosing plants, we need to know what light conditions we have.

And they may be different in various spots of our property.

Depending on where the garden is sited, check to see how much sunlight it gets: full sun (6-8 hours), part sun (4-6 hours), part shade (2-4 hours) and shade (0-2 hours).

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Check the Soil Before Planting a Colorful Garden

So many people do not test their soil.

If you want to ensure success with what you grow, I strongly recommend testing the soil with a kit like this one.

Understanding soil quality is the key to gardening success.

dividing perennials and growing an everblooming colorful garden with annuals, perennials and bulbs

Do Some Colorful Garden Research and Find Inspiration for What You Love

Look at other people’s garden designs to see what’s blooming.

Search Google, Pinterest, and Instagram for more garden inspiration.

Find local gardeners in your area and see what they grow. That’s a great indicator those plants could grow well in your garden too.

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Visit your local nursery once a month if possible to see what’s in bloom.

This will give you a rough idea of what’s in bloom at that time.

And it gives you a sense of color, texture, size, and style.


Determine the Overall Size of Your Garden

Before purchasing plants, it’s important to know how big your garden is so you know what size plants to get.

If the garden is on the smaller side, you’ll want to be cognizant of purchasing plants with various bloom times, then mix in some annuals in spring and again in fall.

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Consider the Critters

What animals live in your area that is known to eat plants?

For me, deer are a huge problem so I follow these tips to deer proof my garden and focus on choosing the right plants.

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Now that we’ve covered the basics, here are some tips for bringing your vision to life.

Quick Tips for Having an Everblooming Colorful Garden

  • Check the hardiness zones of each plant. Will they survive in your climate?
  • Read plant tags to determine light requirements, size, and bloom times. Tip: To get the most bang for your buck, choose plants with long bloom times.
  • Plant a mix of evergreen shrubs and trees, deciduous flowering shrubs, perennials, bulbs, and annuals. Planting a mix with evergreens will give you year-long interest.
  • Talk to other gardeners. See what works for them and check out the plants they use.
  • For novice gardeners and those that think they kill plants should seek out easy-care, low maintenance plants that don’t require a lot of work like these.
  • In addition to planting trees, shrubs, bulbs, and perennials, be sure to tuck in spring and fall annuals for instant seasonal color.
fall garden - what to plant

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She’s ready to plant some flowers with me.

Peonies benefit from staking - I use grow through supports for them. Peonies and wine and roses wiegela on the happy gardening tour

What Can You Grow in a Colorful Garden that Blooms All Season Long?

When designing a garden, choose plants that will start to bloom in early spring, spring, late spring, early summer, etc.

You get the idea.

For good colorful garden design, we want the bloom times to overlap so there’s always something growing and changing in the landscape.

There are lots of plants and flowers that will provide color, texture and interest throughout the growing season.

Here are a few plants I grow in my zone 6a New Jersey garden:

  • Tulips
  • Narcissus
  • Pansies
  • Iris
  • Peonies
  • Roses
  • Hydrangea
  • Nepeta
  • Salvia
  • Russian sage
  • Marigold
  • Lavender
  • Rudbekia
  • Echinacea
  • Echinops
  • Hostas
  • Ferns
  • Dahlias
  • Asters
  • Sedum Autumn Joy
  • Joe Pye Weed
Planting for fall garden beauty with dahlias

How Do I Make My Garden Color All Year Round

Although areas like where I live (New Jersey, Gardening Zone 6a) experience cold, dark winters, that doesn’t mean you can’t continue the color year-round.

While you may not see blooms year-round, planting conical evergreen trees provides interest throughout the season and gives the eye a place to rest in the gardens.

Choose wisely when selecting evergreens for the garden, particularly if planting next to or in close proximity to your home.

Many evergreen trees grow very large and very tall.

Read the plant tag and check the overall size at maturity before planting.

There are lots of evergreen tree and shrub options that fit well in smaller gardens or next to homes.

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Stop by her page and check them out!

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  1. This is a great post Stacy, and I have learned so much! I really appreciate the soil kit, as my neighbors had their yard redone after our garden was already in and established. In the recent years, it’s been doing horribly and I’m pretty convinced the acidity from their Pines and Aspens so close to our garden (and suckering in our garden) is the biggest culprit! Thank you for the shout out and feature, I really appreciate it friend. Your garden is amazing!

  2. Your garden is spectacular! I really appreciate all the tips. Our garden is currently under construction and I’m trying to learn more about caring for it myself. Yesterday, I ordered bulbs and can’t wait to get them in the refrigerator … and plan the beds. Woo hoo! xo

  3. Great tips and your garden is stunning. I always enjoy your photos on instagram and am excited to learn how to have an ever blooming garden myself.

    1. Thank you so much Sonya!!! I really appreciate your kind words and am so happy you stopped by! I’m so glad we met through the group!!! Enjoy your weekend!!! xoxo

  4. Stacy
    Such great information! I’ve decided that I need to do more research before planting next year.

    1. Hi you can get my everblooming plant list from the resource library. You can find it listed under blogs in the headings on my home page. Thanks!