Color Garden for the Northeast

A collection of perennials, blooming shrubs and vines provide color thorughout the season in this beautiful garden design.

Garden Example

Painted Garden Prospect With White Arch and Wood Bench

Landscape plan by Hortus Oasis
Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

Immerse yourself in color! The landscape design plan creates an ever-changing collage of bold, vibrant hues in foliage and flowers throughout the seasons.

Enter this garden of hues through the vine-draped arbor or by way of two other stepping stone walkways that wind past pots of annual color. The bench with a commanding view of the numerous spreading, mounding and cascading blooms is sheltered by a flowering tree. While the overhead canopy provides summer shade, a cluster of shrubs behind the bench provides enclosure. A vine clambers over a tuteur to provide a vertical architectural focal point.

The undulating border and meandering pathways provide easy access to all of the plants and containers of color. Wait until spring to trim back any frosted plants and you will enjoy the wintry textures provided by the branches and remaining stems and seed heads. Allow some of the perennials to reseed to create a full and bountiful garden of color.

Garden Plan

Digital Garden Plan With Numbered and Lettered Markers

Landscape plan by Hortus Oasis
Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

Plant List

A. Early lilac (Syringa oblata) (1)
B. Trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens), vine on each side of arbor (2)
C. Cathedral bells (Cobaea scandens), on tuteur (1)
D. Annuals, selected by gardener, in 3 containers
E. Anthony Waterer spirea (Spiraea x bumalda 'Anthony Waterer' (2), plant four feet apart
F. Compact Koreanspice viburnum (Viburnum carlesi 'Compacta') (2), plant 4 feet apart
G. Slender deutzia (Deutzia gracilis) (2), plant 3 feet apart
H. Wintercreeper euonymus (Euonymus fortunei 'Coloratus') (5), plant 2-1/2 feet apart
I. Japanese garden juniper (Juniperus procumbens) (13), plant 2 feet apart
J. Japanese garden juniper (Juniperus procumbens) (5) plant 2 feet apart
K. Anise hyssop (Agastache 'Tutti-Frutti') (9), annual in Zone 5, plant 1-1/2 feet apart
L. Variegated Jacob's ladder (Polemonium reptans 'Stairway to Heaven') (17), plant 1-1/2 feet apart
M. Garden phlox (Phlox paniculata 'David's Lavender') (4), plant 1-1/2 feet apart
N. Blanket flower (Gaillardia 'Burgunder') (5), plant 2 feet apart
O. Coneflower (Echinacea 'Sunrise') (5) plant 2 feet apart
P. Hameln fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln') (8), plant 2 feet apart
Q. Evening primrose (Oenothera 'Lemon Drop'), (23), plant 1 foot apart
R. Hot Lips turtlehead (Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips') (4), plant 2-1/2 feet apart


1. Arbor: 4' wide x 2' to 3' deep
2. Tuteur: 2' wide x 6 to 7' high
3. Container: 18 to 22" wide
4. Stepping stones with mulch paths
5. Bench: 4' wide

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