Stacy Ling
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The ULTIMATE Guide to Having an Everblooming Colorful Garden

September 12, 2020 13 Comments

I'm often asked how my garden has constant color and blooms all season long. And the answer is...with a little pre-planning, you can have a gorgeous garden too!

Looking for ways to have a colorful garden that’s always in bloom? Follow these tips for a beautiful garden that will provide season long color. And get my FREE 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.

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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, Zone 6a, so certain plants won’t survive outside in winter. In those cases, they are either treated like 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.

The ULTIMATE Guide to Having and Everblooming Colorful Garden

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 insure 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.

The ULTIMATE Guide to Having a Colorful Garden

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

Look at other people’s gardens to see what’s blooming. Search Google, Pinterest and Instagram for 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.

Visit your local nursery once a month if possible to see what’s in bloom. This will give you a rough idea 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.

Consider the Critters

What animals live in your area that are 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.

Plant Annuals For a Colorful Garden

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Want to Learn What to Plant for an Everblooming Colorful Garden?

Click here to get my FREE Must-Have Plant List! Be the plant parent you’ve always wanted to be with these tried and true flowers that will give you a beautiful garden that’s always in bloom.

The ULTIMATE Guide to Having an Everblooming Colorful Garden

My friend Chas from Chas Crazy Creations has some cool organic ways to keep the pests and weeds at bay in the garden. Stop by her page and check them out!

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Stacy Ling

Stacy Ling is a master gardener who loves home decor and creating beautiful spaces. She provides easy-to-follow, easy-to-do garden, home decor, lifestyle & DIY inspo.


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    September 12, 2020

    I did all the things……except consider the critters ๐Ÿ˜. Dang squirrels and porcupines๐Ÿ˜‚

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    Linda Johnston

    September 12, 2020

    Excellent how to’s. Your garden is pretty!

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    Chas Greener

    September 12, 2020

    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!

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    Anne Zirkle

    September 12, 2020

    These are great tips! Maybe 2021 is the year for a garden!

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      Stacy Ling

      September 13, 2020

      It totally is Anne! I would love to help you with it too!!! xoxo

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    Kim | Shiplap and Shells

    September 14, 2020

    Great tips, as always Stacy! Your garden is just beautiful!

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    September 14, 2020

    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

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    September 15, 2020

    Your landscaping and flowers are so beautiful! Thanks for all of the great tips.

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      Stacy Ling

      September 15, 2020

      Thank you so much Linda!!

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    Carol Karl

    September 15, 2020

    What a fantastic post. You have a stunning garden. Thanks for sharing it. Pinned it to read again later.

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      Stacy Ling

      September 16, 2020

      Carol thank you so much! I really appreciate that. xoxo

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    September 17, 2020

    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.

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      Stacy Ling

      September 18, 2020

      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