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The Art of Annual Color

Annual ColorAnnual color can play an important role in the overall design of any landscape. After trees and shrubs have finished their show and perennials have had their initial burst of color, annuals can provide visual interest all season long.

You don’t need to dedicate a large amount of bed space to add a lot of pizazz. Beautiful but tough spikes of Angelonia at the mailbox welcomes visitors, old fashioned favorites, petunias or geraniums on either side of the front walk will lead the eye right to your front door. One or two beautiful containers lushly planted can give your home instant curb appeal. Caladiums or coleus can brighten a shady corner or enhance an evergreen planting in the heat of the summer. The possibilities are endless.

Once summer’s color has waned you can still have seasonal interest throughout the year. In fall consider adding interest with mums, pansies, ornamental cabbage and kale. Early spring is a perfect time for gorgeous tulips interplanted with pansies as they get their second wind. Containers and window boxes filled with evergreens, winterberry holly and nandina brighten the winter landscape and attract birds.

This year’s challenge has been to come up with a substitute for the versatile impatiens that has been infected with powdery mildew throughout our region. Luckily, with our wet spring and early summer New Guinea Impatiens with their rainbow of color choices have stepped in and thrived. A variety of foliage plants have added color and texture to shady areas.

At LCA we’ve been working hard to perfect the art of annual color. We take into consideration client’s personal preference, house and door colors, as well as sun and water needs in order to give each home a unique design tailor made to bring a smile to your face whenever you pull into your driveway.

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