Landscaping for the Seasonal Decorator

Landscaping for the Seasonal Decorator

“The trouble with gardening is that is does not remain an avocation.

It becomes an obsession.”

-Phyllis McGinley

Landscaping for the Seasonal Decorator by She Holds Dearly

Gardening became an obsession for me during a long military deployment in the first year of my marriage. I needed something to occupy my time during the long, sad months while my new husband was away. I had my church, job, home, gym and school to keep me company. Even the neighbor’s cat was known to sneak in and share pizza with me from time to time.

But, I needed something to care for each day. . .

to see something thrive and grow under my care.

I started with a huge hanging basket of bacopa that I bought at a road side stand. I still remember the soft, white flowers blowing in the breeze outside my sliding door.

My obsession took off from there. Before long our entire balcony was transformed into a tiny oasis that I could go to. I began learning when each plant would bloom and figured out what would be blooming when my husband was scheduled to return. It was like watching a living calendar, counting down the days.

Over those months I learned another thing, growing your own flowers and greenery saves money on seasonal decorating!

Over the last couple of decades, my sentiments have become more refined and I can articulate exactly which plants are worth investing in when you are thinking of landscaping and future interior design supplies. I have all of these in my yard at this point and glean from them year round. My friends know they are welcome to stop by and take what they need when they are throwing a party and need centerpieces and such.

This is by no means a comprehensive landscaping plan or even reasonable for all the different regions that people live in. But, it will give you a starting place to begin asking some questions at your local nurseries.

I would recommend choosing perennials whenever possible because they will continue to produce for you year after year.

Landscaping for the Seasonal Decorator by She Holds Dearly

 Landscaping for the Seasonal Decorator by She Holds Dearly

Shrubs

(greeneries for fillers or alone in bouquets, garlands, etc.)

Snowberries

Boxwood

 Holly

Juniper (be sure to use the berries when they are ready, they are gorgeous)

English Lavender

English Ivy

Landscaping for the Seasonal Decorator by She Holds Dearly

Flowers

(for bouquets, centerpieces and gifts)

Paper Whites

Amaryllis

Peonies

Lilacs

Hydrangeas

Lily of the Valley

Blue Bells

Snow Drops

White Tulips

Wisteria

 Sunflowers

Pearly Gate Roses

Landscaping for the Seasonal Decorator by She Holds Dearly

Trees

(cut the branches and leaves for garlands and large fillers)

Cedar

Birch (the cut branches make beautiful, little white logs)

Oak (for acorns, too)

Landscaping for the Seasonal Decorator by She Holds Dearly

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Landscaping for the Seasonal Decorator by She Holds Dearly

Produce

(I’m a big believer in that beautiful food just tastes better;

herbs and berries are my go-to garnishes.)

Pumpkins (white and orange)

Blueberries

Raspberries

Strawberries

Blackberries

Fresh herbs- Basil, Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Parsley, Cilantro

Landscaping for the Seasonal Decorator by She Holds Dearly

I live in the Pacific Northwest, so here is the timeline that I can expect to harvest on. Your timeline may be slightly different. Some things, like juniper, are always available, but I really only like to use them in Fall decorating.

Winter

Boxwood

 Holly

English Ivy

Paper Whites (potted indoors)

Amaryllis (potted indoors)

Cedar

Birch

Landscaping for the Seasonal Decorator by She Holds Dearly

Spring

Boxwood

English Ivy

Peonies

Lilacs

Lily of the Valley

Blue Bells

Snow Drops

White Tulips

Wisteria

Oregano

 Cilantro

Landscaping for the Seasonal Decorator by She Holds Dearly

Summer

Boxwood

English Lavender

English Ivy

 Sunflowers

Pearly Gate Roses

Blueberries

Raspberries

Strawberries

Blackberries

Fresh herbs- Basil, Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Parsley, Cilantro

Fall

Snowberries

Boxwood

Juniper

English Ivy

 Sunflowers

Oak

Pumpkins

One more thing, one of my favorite decorators, Brooke Giannetti, says in her latest book Patina Farm to commit to a very simple color palette.

 I could not agree more, her landscaping colors are white, pink, lavender and, of course, green. In committing to just a few colors, it will ensure that your yard will look coordinated all throughout the year.

Landscaping for the Seasonal Decorator by She Holds Dearly

Carpe rutila. (Seize the spade.)

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16 Comments

  1. May 8, 2016 / 2:56 PM

    Gardening keep me out of trouble and my wallet empty. LOL I admit it though, I love it.

  2. Sarah | She Holds Dearly
    May 8, 2016 / 3:16 PM

    Haha! Isn’t that the truth? Hey, its cheaper than therapy! I love the simple joys.

  3. May 8, 2016 / 6:59 PM

    Sarah! Love this post!! So many of my favorites listed here and some new ones I now need to try!! Beautiful pics and great lists!! ????

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 10, 2016 / 6:21 PM

      Oh good, Heather, I am so glad you got some good ideas! And thank you for your kinds words. xoxo

  4. Tanya Hulbert
    May 9, 2016 / 9:06 AM

    I like the idea of keeping a simple color palette. I tend to want to plant one of everything God created. I’m excited to see how my future garden will be planned out. Thank you, Sarah!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 10, 2016 / 7:34 PM

      Your yard is always amazing!! I am always so inspired by you!

  5. May 10, 2016 / 11:56 PM

    You really did start with Bacopa! LOVE seize the spade!! Great post – Gardening as a passion another thing we have in common!

    • May 12, 2016 / 7:06 PM

      Haha! Latin quotes are so fun aren’t they? I’m glad to know we both love gardening so much!

  6. May 11, 2016 / 8:32 PM

    I have been pinning this post like crazy, but I keep forgetting to comment on how helpful it is! We just relandscaped ALLL around our house, and I chose the same color scheme as Brooke without even realizing I was choosing a scheme! I focused on long bloomers like hydrangeas, but I haven’t really planned on much for fall yet. Thank you for these ideas and for organizing them by season!

  7. May 12, 2016 / 7:07 PM

    Oh, you are the best! Thank you for pinning and I can’t wait to see pictures of your beautiful yard!

  8. May 23, 2016 / 5:35 PM

    You have such a beautiful garden!

  9. May 30, 2016 / 7:50 AM

    I love this! I always have dreams of a beautiful yard. I buy plants and then somewhere along the way I forget to water them. This year I have done better than any other year and it so nice! I love having fresh flowers to clip out of my yard! Thank you for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link! Pinning!

    • May 31, 2016 / 9:19 AM

      Cat, some years are better than others, for me, too. I think the trick is to get things that are perennials and essentially take care of themselves. I really only put my time into my vegetable garden.

  10. May 30, 2016 / 6:31 PM

    This is so pretty! Makes me feel like its a place back in time and so nostalgic. Maria

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