Color Garden for the South

Imagine relaxing in your backyard amid the blooms of fringe tree, variegated abelia, and other colorful perennials and shrubs. Here's a plan that provides color throughout the seasons.

Garden Example

Painted Garden Prospect With White Arch and Wood Bench

Landscape plan by Hortus Oasis
Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

Immerse yourself in color! This 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. Fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus) (1)
B. Cross vine (Bignonia capreolata) (2), on arbor, attracts hummingbirds
C. Coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) on tuteur (1)
D. Annuals, selected by gardener, in 3 containers
E. Bottlebrush (Fothergilla gardenii) (2), plant 4 feet apart
F. Kaleidoscope abelia (Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope') (2), plant 4 feet apart
G. Rose Creek abelia (Abelia x 'Rose Creek') (2), plant 3 feet apart
H. Asian jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum) (8), plant 2 feet apart
I. Lemon Drop primrose (Oenothera 'Lemon Drop') (42), plant 1 foot apart
J. Japanese garden juniper (Juniperus procumbens) (5), plant 2 feet apart
K. Goldsturm black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullvantii 'Goldsturm' (9), plant 1-1/2 feet apart
L. Adagio maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio) (5), plant 2-1/2 feet apart
M. Sunrise coneflower (Echinacea 'Sunrise') (4), plant 1-1/2 feet apart
N. Burgundy blanket flower (Gaillardia 'Burgundy') (8), plant 1-1/2 feet apart
O. Wood's Pink aster (Aster dumosus 'Wood's Pink') (8), plant 1-1/2 feet apart
P. Purple love grass (Eragrostis spectabilis) (13), plant 1-1/2 feet apart
Q. New Gold lantana (Lantana camara 'New Gold') (6), plant 2-1/2 feet apart
R. Ruby Red pentas (Pentas lanceolata 'Ruby Red') (9), plant 1-1/2 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. Mulch path with stepping stones
5. Bench: 4' wide

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