Overview

Year-round interest with minimal care are key to maintaining 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.

Four Seasons Garden Plant List

#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
10Rhododendron degronianum ssp. yakushimanum 'Ken Janick'
11Camellia williamsii 'Donation'
12Camellia japonicaJapanese camellia; rose of winter
13Hydrangea macrophyllamophead hydrangea
14Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Variegatus'variegated false holly
15Rhododendron 'Silver Skies'
16Lonicera nitida 'Baggesen's Gold'box honeysuckle
17Oxydendrum arboreumsourwood; sorrell tree*
18Primula auriculadouble primrose
19Rhododendron viscosum 'Milleneum'deciduous azalea
20Rhododendron 'Ring of Fire'
21Rhododendron 'Seaview Sunset'
22Chamaecyparis pisifera aurea nana 'Wells TM 'Sunball'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
28Aconitum 'Bressingham Spire'monkshood
29Euonymus alatus 'Compactus'dwarf burning bush
30Hosta fortunei 'Francee'
31Hosta fortunei 'Hyacinthia'
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 miconioides seven sons' plant; autumn lilac
40Sedum 'Autumn Joy'stonecrop
41Malus 'Bailears'ruby tears flowering crabapple*
42Carex oshimensis 'Evergold'sedge
43Thymus lanuginosuswooly thyme
44Primula pubescensprimrose
45Campanula persicifolia 'Chettle Charm'peach-leaved bellflower
46Colchicum autumnaleautumn crocus
47Ligularia dentata 'Desdemona'bigleaf ligularia; leopard plant
48Heuchera 'Marmadade'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
60Tradescantia 'Blue & Gold'spiderwort
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 pedatumfive finger maidenhair fern
70Adiantum venustumHimalayan maidenhair fern