Seasons in our Garden

  • Pinus sylvestris 'Wolting's Gold' in March

(Revised 5 Jan 2016)
Gardening in an area with long cold winter climate is a challenge, and can be discouraging. However, seasonal change of colours, appearances and atmosphere can be wonderful attributes for making a garden. It can provide a pleasure that combines anticipation, surprise, and excitement. (The seasonal package does include disappointment and frustration from cold damage, droughts and other bad stuff.) Many people would think of ornamental gardening seasons in terms of what are in bloom in each season. In my garden, I would like to include seasonal changes in the colours of maples and conifers etc. or any ornamental characteristics that a gardener can look forward to as the season progresses.
In our zone, the ‘gardening season’ can range from March to November, but in a bad year – minus a couple of months or more. The flowering time or foliage colour changes of all plants can shift by a month or so forward/backward depending on the year.
The objective of preparing the pages here is primarily to force me to review the status of my progress (or lack of it) in exploring, expanding and extending seasonal interest of plants for my area. So far, it appears early season plants still need a lot of exploration.
Each month of our garden season is shown as a separate page, and you can navigate to it via the menu list shown on the sidebar to the right.

Crocus 'Lady Killer' in March

Crocus ‘Lady Killer’ in March


Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis Rosea' in April

Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis Rosea’ in April


Cornus florida 'CherokeeChief' and its maple friends in May

Cornus florida ‘CherokeeChief’ and its maple friends in May


Corydalis 'Wildside Blue' and Hosta 'Designer Jeans'

Corydalis ‘Wildside Blue’ and Hosta ‘Designer Jeans’


Echinacea 'Sundown', Coreopsis 'Route 66' and Hosta 'Sun Power' in July

Echinacea ‘Sundown’, Coreopsis ‘Route 66’ and Hosta ‘Sun Power’ in July


Thalictrum delavayi 'Splendide' and Helenium 'Red Jewel’ in August

Thalictrum delavayi ‘Splendide’ and Helenium ‘Red Jewel’ in August


Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Little Spire', Sedum spectabile 'Brilliant' and Lespedeza bicolor 'Yakushima' etc. in September

Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Little Spire’, Sedum spectabile ‘Brilliant’ and Lespedeza bicolor ‘Yakushima’ etc. in September


Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Golden Arrows' in October

Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Golden Arrows’ in October


Acer palmatum 'Seiyu' and Bloodgood' in November

Acer palmatum ‘Seiyu’ and Bloodgood’ in November


Platycladus orientalis 'Morgan' in January

Platycladus orientalis ‘Morgan’ in January

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