Four Seasons cover-photo

Year-round interest is the key to this diverse mixed border garden. A rail fence, trees, and shrubs form a backdrop for perennials, vines and biennials punctuated by running ground covers. Annuals and bulbs add a pop of seasonal color. Evergreens and foundation specimens anchor the garden's silhouette.

The Four Seasons Garden

is a succession of color throughout the year!

Camelia japonica blooming in February!

Camelia japonica blooming in February!

A spring time iris

A spring time iris!

Rhododendron 'Ring of Fire' blooming in May is always an attention getter.

Rhododendron 'Ring of Fire' blooming in May is always an attention getter.

Nigella damascena, commonly known as Love in a Mist, is a lovely, delicate lovely annual that reseeds itself here and there through the garden in early summer.

Nigella damascena, commonly known as Love in a Mist, is a lovely, delicate lovely annual that reseeds itself here and there through the garden in early summer.

Filipendula rubra commonly known as Queen of the Prairie. This summer bloomer waves its sprays of small pink flowers.

Filipendula rubra commonly known as Queen of the Prairie. This summer bloomer waves its sprays of small pink flowers.

 Hydrangea anomala petiolaris, a climbing hydrangea that adds to our summer blooms and accents our metal trellis.

Hydrangea anomala petiolaris, a climbing hydrangea that adds to our summer blooms and accents our metal trellis. 

Flowers of Kousa dogwood, a June blooming dogwood.

Flowers of Kousa dogwood, a June blooming dogwood.

Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' with its dinner plate size blooms draws lots of attention during the summer.

Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' with its dinner plate size blooms draws lots of attention during the summer. 

August brings a blast of summer color with this Ligularia dentata 'Desdemona' a bigleaf ligularia also known as leopard plant. Especially striking because it's a shade plant!

August brings a blast of summer color with this Ligularia dentata 'Desdemona' a bigleaf ligularia also known as leopard plant. Especially striking because it's a shade plant! 

The brilliant red bush is Euonymus alatus "Compactus' commonly known as burning bush. It is at its peak color in this September picture.

The brilliant red bush is Euonymus alatus "Compactus' commonly known as burning bush. It is at its peak color in this September picture.
A September bloomer, Heptacodium miconioides, commonly known as seven sons plant has white flower clusters followed by vivid red bracts that last through October.

A September bloomer, Heptacodium miconioides, commonly known as seven sons plant has white flower clusters followed by vivid red bracts that last through October.

Bark can be beautiful and striking as shown by the bark of this Parrotia persica, known as Persian ironwood. It can really draw our attention in winter when the garden doesn't have as much vivid color.

Bark can be beautiful and striking as shown by the bark of this Parrotia persica, known as Persian ironwood. It can really draw our attention in winter when the garden doesn't have as much vivid color.

Hellebore brightens up the garden from November through March with various varieties.

Hellebore brightens up the garden from November through March with various varieties.

Listed below are some of the exciting and colorful options that can be found in the Four Seasons Garden!

#Botanical NameCultivarCommon nameTreeNative
1Tsuga mertensianamountain hemlock**
2Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendula'weeping blue atlas cedar
3Parrotia persicaPersian ironwood
4Cyclamen hederifoliumhardy cyclamen, fall blooming
5Acer griseumpaperbark maple*
6Sarcococca humulissweet box
7Stewartia pseudocamelliaJapanese stewartia*
8Rhododendron caucasicum 'Christmas Cheer'
9Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow'spurge
10vacant
11Camellia x williamsii 'Donation'
12Camellia japonicaJapanese camellia, rose of winter
13Hydrangea macrophyllamophead hydrangea
14Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Variegatus'variegated false holly*
15Rhododendron 'Silver Skies'
16Lonicera nitida 'Baggesens Gold'box honeysuckle
17Oxydendrum arboreumsourwood, sorrell tree
18Primula pubescenes Auriculadouble primrose
19Rhododendron viscosum 'Milleneum'deciduous azalea
20Rhododendron 'Ring of Fire'
21Rhododendron 'Seaview Sunset'
22Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Aurea Nana'sawara false cypress
23Prunus laurocerasus 'Mount Vernon'English laurel
24Cornus kousakousa dogwood
25Sequoia sempervirens 'Adpressa'coast redwood
26Acer palmatum 'Garnet'Japanese maple
27Ameria maritimasea thrift, sea pink
28vacant
29Euonymus alatus 'Compactus'dwarf burning bush
30Hosta fortunei 'Francee'
31Hosta fortunei 'Hyacenthia'
32Hosta 'Gold Standard'
33Fatsia japonica 'Spider Web'
34Rhododendron 'Northern Hi-Lights'azalea
35Rhododendron 'Klondyke'azalea
36Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'smooth azalea
37Helleborus
38Clematis 'Nelly Moser'early large flowered clematis
39Heptacodium miconioidesseven sons' plant, autumn lilac
40vacant
41Malus 'Bailears'ruby tears flowering crabapple
42Carex oshimensis 'Evergold'sedge
43Thymus lanuginosuswooly thyme
44Primula vulgarisprimrose
45vacant
46Colchicum autumnaleautumn crocus
47Ligularia dentata 'Desdemonabigleaf ligularia, leopard plant
48Heuchera 'Marmalade'coral bells
49Fillipendula rubraqueen of the prairie
50Hesperantha coccineacrimson flag
51Parthenocissus quinquefoliaVirginia creeper
52Iberis sempervirensevergreen or perennial candytuft
53Aster dumosus 'Wood's Purple'
54Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Aurorea'golden hinoki cypress
55Dryopteris filix-masmale fern*
56Polyshichum polyblepharumtassle fern
57Arthyrium niponicum picturnpainted fern
58Chionodoxa luciliae 'Glory of the Snow'
59Anemone nimorosawood anemone
60vacant
61Hydrangea petiolarisclimbing hydrangea
62Astilbeastilbe
63Polemonium reptansJacob's ladder
64Actaea simplex 'Black Negligee'
65Crocosmia 'George Davidson'
66Phygelius rectus 'Moonraker'cape fuchsia
67Phygelius capensiscape fuchsia
68Cupressus sempervirensItalian cypress
69Adiantum aleuticum (also Adiantum pedatum)five finger maidenhair fern, Aleutian maidenhair*
70Adiantum venustumHimalayan maidenhair fern
71Actaea matsumurae 'White Pearl'