Sequence. The term “sequence” in landscape design is when the seasonal interest of one plant gives way to the interest of another. Over the years, I have installed plants in my yard that offer a constant progression of color throughout most of the year. Presently, our small woodland has plantings that liven up the winter by flowering in February. Giving way to a variety of bulbs and shrubs sprouting during the month of April. For example, Witch Hazel and snow drops, which have been in bloom since mid-February, are beginning to wane; while Andromeda, Hellebores, and Daffodils are starting their profusion of color to liven up our April landscape.
So, consider these plants for your late winter – early spring garden interest. The planning for this approach has to take place in the autumn when the garden centers are carrying the plants, and they can be established in your landscape.