With Patience we Learn --- How to have Continuous Blooms in the Garden. We are all seduced by the flowers in the garden center and we cannot be blamed for that- they are stunning! Unfortunately our cars are filled with plants to carry home that are blooming in the moment because we want that color, that beauty now. And our newest garden friends don't stand a chance. They see fabulous photos in books, magazines, even your garden blogs and say, I want that! So, they head to the garden center and buy what is blooming.
The problem is, unless you are heavily into annuals your garden will shine as bright as can be, but in a few weeks green will be the main color. Now this is not a bad thing if you picked great foliage plants and plants with varying heights and forms. But seriously, many of us are new gardeners and we are seduced by the blooms. We aren't thinking about the more advanced garden design concepts like texture, form and the Sky-Man-Earth design rule.
Wouldn't it be great if garden centers had large posters of gardens filled with plants that will be blooming in a few weeks or at the end of the season? Sure the tags show us the blooms, but those are tiny pictures. With gorgeous posters of the summer and fall garden in bloom those plants would fly off the shelves. We would still need patience to make it through the season to enjoy the later blooms, but at least we would have that image to carry us through.