As the days grow shorter and the weather gets colder, many people start to feel a bit of sadness creep in. One way to chase away the winter blues is to add some color to your landscape. Not only will colorful plants make your yard more cheerful, but they will also attract birds and other wildlife. Here are 8 plants that are sure to brighten up your landscape:
1. Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia uvaria)
If you’re looking for a plant that will stand out in your landscape, try Red Hot Poker. This striking plant gets its name from the red, orange, and yellow flowers that bloom on tall spikes. Red Hot Poker is a perennial, so it will come back year after year.
2. Bluebeard (Caryopteris clandonensis)
Add a touch of blue to your landscape with Bluebeard. This shrub is covered in blue flowers in the summer and has pretty gold leaves in the fall. Bluebeard is also drought-tolerant, so it’s a great choice for areas that don’t get a lot of rain.
3. Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii)
Butterfly Bush is a favorite of both humans and butterflies! This shrub is covered in fragrant flowers that come in a variety of colors, including pink, purple, blue, and white. Butterfly Bush is easy to care for and it can even tolerate poor soil.
4. Sweat Pea (Lathyrus odoratus)
Sweat Pea gives something a little different to your landscape – fragrance! These climbing vines are covered in small, sweet-smelling flowers. Sweat Peas come in a variety of colors, including pink, purple, white, and red.
5. Bee Balm
This member of the mint family is a favorite of bees and hummingbirds, and its showy blooms come in a variety of colors including pink, red, lavender, and white. Bee balm grows best in full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. It’s a good choice for borders or mass plantings.
6. Coral Bells
If you’re looking for a plant with dramatic foliage, coral bells (Heuchera spp.) is a good choice. The leaves come in shades of green, bronze, burgundy, and purple, and the bell-shaped flowers are usually white or pink. Coral bells prefer partial shade and moist, well-drained soil.
Begonias come in a huge range of colors, including white, pink, red, orange, and yellow. These popular annuals are known for their beautiful flowers, but they also have pretty green or bronze leaves.
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) is a delicate-looking plant with white or pale-yellow flowers that have a sweet, apple-like fragrance. It blooms from early summer to fall and grows 6 to 12 inches tall. Chamomile prefers full sun but will tolerate some light shade.