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With the wide variety of plants, shrubs, and ferns available at many nurseries and garden suppliers, it can sometimes be overwhelming when trying to figure out what will give the best color to your landscaping and last through different seasons. There are also aspects of texture that can be incorporated as well and this makes for tough decisions.

Using ferns and perennials can be the answer to color and texture options. They also take the worry out of sun/shade problems, as there are perennials that can be planted in all light variations. Great for a large focal point, the border along a walkway or ground cover for a large area, perennials are your go to plant.

Things to keep in mind:

- Herbs count! Parsley and chives are a beautiful bright green that can be a great contrast to your flowering plants.

- They are perennials that come back year after year and they are useful for cooking too.

- If you don’t have a green thumb, consider hostas, they are easy to grow and come in beautiful color varieties.


- Always read labels to determine space they need to be planted apart and watering tolerance.

- Foliage can add texture to your landscape as well as height. Although ferns don’t flower, the texture and height that they provide are a welcome contrast to low-lying plants.

- Time of year is important, certain perennials bloom at different times of the year. A good rule of thumb is to plant a few of each that bloom at different times of the year. This way, you will always have a flowering plant.

From bee balm and black-eyed Susan to oregano and thyme, the multitude of options for perennials available makes it easy to design a one of a kind garden that reflects your style and budget. If you need help determining what flowers are right for your garden, or designing in general, Arapahoe Landscaping has the experience and manpower to bring your landscaping design to life! Call us today and let us get started for you.

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