Plants That Evolve With The Seasons – Stunning Seasonal Changing Plants

Plants That Evolve With The Seasons – Stunning Seasonal Changing Plants

By: Mary Ellen Ellis

A great joy of planning a garden is making sure it providesvisual delight year-round. Even if you live in a cold winter climate, you canstrategically plan for plants that change with the seasons to get a variety ofcolor, texture, and foliage throughout the year.

Choosing Plants That Evolve with the Seasons

Make the most of plants and seasonal changes to createa garden that is stunning any time of year.

Plants That Change Dramatically in Winter

If you live in a zone with cold winters, you may be limitedas to what your garden will host in the winter months. However, there are someoptions for winter color and texture in a variety of climates:

  • Ornamental cabbages and kales: Colorful winter annuals, ornamental cabbages and kales also have stunning foliage, shapes, and forms.
  • Camellia: Camellia, in the right climate, will produce lovely flowers in the fall and winter.
  • Winter jasmine: Winter jasmine blooms in the winter and is low maintenance.
  • Dogwood: In climates where most foliage is lost in the winter, plant dogwood. This shrub has stunning, colored stems, like red and yellow.
  • Snowdrop and Crocus: Plant snowdrop and crocus bulbs for some of the earliest spring blooms.

Early Spring Plants That Change with Seasons

Many seasonal changing plants really come to life in spring.To get foliage as early as possible in the spring, try these plants:

  • Rose bushes
  • Flowering quince
  • Crab apples
  • Lilac
  • Honeysuckle
  • Daylily
  • Sedum
  • Willow

Seasonal Changing Plants: Summer Rebloomers

Not all plants that flower do so only once a year. To keepthe floral element in your garden, consider these plants, as they will rebloom totransform your garden with each new season:

  • Hydrangea: ‘Endless Summer’ hydrangea was developed to bloom throughout the summer. The color will be pink if you have acidic soil and blue if your soil is more alkaline.
  • Iris: ‘Harvest of Memories’ iris is bright yellow and produces two or three blooms spring, summer, and fall.
  • D’Oro daylily: ‘Purple d’Oro’ daylily will bloom almost continuously from early summer into the fall.
  • Clematis: ‘The President’ is a variety of clematis that blooms in early summer and again in early fall.
  • Lilac: ‘Josee’ lilac will give you fragrant, continuous summer flowers on a smaller shrub compared to other lilac varieties.

Plants and Seasonal Change – Fall Color

When choosing plants that evolve with the seasons, don’tforget those that produce stunning fall colors:

  • Viburnum: ‘Winterthur’ viburnum is a variety of the shrub that produces pink berries in late summer. These change to deep blue in the fall as the foliage becomes deep red.
  • Oakleaf hydrangea: ‘Snowflake’ oakleaf hydrangea is a variety that produces a range of colors from summer through fall. Summer blooms change from white to green to pink, while the foliage turns fiery red in autumn.
  • Spicebush: Spicebush is a large shrub that adds bright, cheerful yellow foliage to the garden in fall. With a male and a female shrub, you will also get berries that shift from green to yellow to red.
  • Highbush blueberry: Highbush blueberry shrubs will give you edible, dark berries as well as long-lasting deep red leaves.

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20 BLACK Flowers And Plants to Add Drama To Your Garden

First thing first, black plants are not really black, but dark purple, deep burgundy, maroon or red. These type of flowers and plants of black color can transform any garden or container garden in an exquisite way, they add a tropical touch and look exceptional when grown with other bright colored plants.

1. Tulip ‘Queen of Night’

Beautiful and dramatic, this tremendous closest to black flower appears in deep maroon color in spring. This variety can be mixed with white or pink tulips or other bright colored flower to create an astonishing view.

Good thing is that it is a low maintenance plant and usually easy to grow, that makes it a good plant for beginners. This fairly cold hardy plant blooms in mid or late spring under USDA Zones 3 to 8.

2. Petunia, Sophistica Blackberry Hybrid

Newly engendered varieties like ‘Black Velvet Petunia’ or ‘Black Cat Petunia’ look almost black but it may be hard and expensive to find their seeds. However, beautiful petunia, ‘Sophistica blackberry’ is an easier option. The dark flowers of this annual are actually deep reddish or burgundy in color and can be grown in window boxes, pots, beds and borders.

3. Helleborus ‘Onyx Odyssey’

The dark burgundy or nearly black hellebores are highly appreciated for their color. This lovely perennial can easily be grown in containers in part to full sun. Provide good air circulation around the plant and keep the soil well moist. Grows best in USDA zones 5-9 hellebores are early bloomers and flower in spring.

4. Viola ‘Molly Sanderson’

Violas ‘Molly Sanderson’ are another excellent option to enjoy flowers in black color, can be grown in both on the ground or in containers, flowers appear from spring to fall. They are very good around pale yellow primroses or multicolor pansies.

5. Iris ‘Before the Storm’

Irises are widely used in gardens and are available in almost every color imaginable, including chocolate and this new variety ‘Before the Storm’ of black color. This slightly fragrant iris requires a sunny position and well-drained soil in order to grow.

6. Physocarpus Opulifolius ‘Diabolo’ syn. ‘Monlo’

A versatile and appealing shrub with white flowers and deep burgundy foliage that looks black in shade or in dark. It is easy to grow and tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, it grows best in USDA Zones 2-7 and must be planted in an area of partial shade in warmer zones due to the reason that in higher heat the foliage can become green.

7. Black Baccara Rose

This dramatic tea rose due to its bold color and upright habit looks stunning, it is one of the best black flowers. Its almost black color and fragrant blooms make an amazing display in the garden. The leathery green foliage are reddish when young. The flowers appear blacker in cool weather.

8. Hollyhock ‘Nigra’

Hollyhocks are beautiful, they look exceptional when flowers appear on their tall strong stems. But, particularly, this unique variety hollyhock, Alcea rosea ‘Nigra’ bears breathtaking chocolate maroon flowers that look almost black towards the center. Hollyhocks are old traditional plants, easy to grow and grow in a variety of climates easily (both in cool and warm climates in USDA Zones 3-10a).

Hollyhocks are old traditional plants, easy to grow and grow in a variety of climates easily (both in cool and warm climates in USDA Zones 3-10a).

9. Wine and Roses (Weigela florida)

This variety of Weigela is sold as ‘Wine and Roses’ or ‘Alexandra’, it offers a surprising combination of flowers in pink tones immersed in a deep burgundy foliage, looks black like. Suitable for cold climates, it likes full sun but tolerates some light shade too, this small shrub can also be grown in containers easy to grow and bloom profusely in spring or early summer and continue to bloom throughout the summer season.

10. Black Beauty ‘Elderberry’

Another excellent choice within our list of black flowers and plants is Sambucus nigra ‘Gerda’, valued for its purple-black foliage, pink flowers, and juicy edible fruits. Elderberry can be used to add foliage interest in the garden but it looks especially wonderful when its flowers appear in summer. These flowers cover the plant and emit a light lemon like fragrance, then, the dark purple berries appear.

11. Calla Lily ‘Black Star’

One of the most decorative flowers the ‘Black Star’ bloom is deep purple with a spathe that is almost black, it looks attractive in combination with light green foliage spotted with red tips. It can be planted in containers, in the garden border.

12. Black Mondo Grass

A wonderful alternative for warm climates in rock gardens, borders or in a pot. The ‘black mondo grass’ grows about 12 inches tall and can extend up to 6-12 inches wide. In spring, the new dark green foliage emerges and then in summer it changes into a very deep purple-black. Also by mid-summer tiny bell-shaped white flowers appear, followed by small black seeds.

13. Aeonium Arboreum

This subtropical subshrub is an impressive and dramatic plant. This tall succulent has rosettes of dark reddish brown or burgundy leaves and yellow flowers that appear from summer through fall. The plant is more suitable to warm climates and should be protected in winters in cold climates.

14. Canna- Black Tropicanna

Bring a tropical touch with this plant to your garden. With its bright flowers and dark bronze to chocolate color large foliage, it can bring a great impact to your garden. More suitable for warmer zones, it must be planted in an area that receives at least six hours of daily sun.

15. Dahlia ‘Arabian Night’

Dahlias become most beautiful cut flowers. This cultivar dahlia ‘Arabian night’ has deep purple-red flowers. The flowers look black like in shade. Growing dahlia requires full sun, however, shade in the afternoon in warm climates is preferable.

16. Colocasia ‘Black Magic’

Colocasia ‘black magic’ is an astonishing plant that can be identified from its dramatic large and dark purple-black dusty leaves. This ‘Elephant Ear’ requires warmth and heat to thrive as it is a tropical plant and grows best in warm temperates and subtropical to tropical climates (USDA Zones 8-11). But even living in colder areas, you can enjoy this as an annual. It is a great idea to use it as a focal point by surrounding bright and colorful plants around it.

17. Coleus ‘Black Prince’

The coleus is one of the most widespread species and most popular when it comes to choosing striking foliage plants for the garden. The coleus ‘Black Prince’ can be grown for its unusual solid black foliage and small flowers, either as a perennial in warm subtropical or tropical regions or as an annual in temperates. It is a perfect plant for borders and can be used in combinations with other plants in containers.

18. Silver-Laced Primrose (Primula ‘Victoriana Lace Silver Black’)

Beautiful! This gorgeous flower is one of the rarest and difficult to obtain Primulas. It produces flowers of black-brown color with a scalloped silver edges and a golden center. Blooms are fragrant and appear in spring. This plant can be grown in cool and warm temperate regions (USDA Zones 5-9), it prefers partial shade and moist soil.

19. Heuchera ‘Obsidian’

Also called ‘Obsidian Coral Bells’ it is one of the most beautiful black color plants in our list that you can grow in borders, in flower beds or in containers to add an all season foliage interest to your garden. Its tiny flowers are also attractive, this plant requires cool weather and partial shade to thrive.

20. Bat Flower

Tacca bat flower (Tacca chantieri) is really a unique, rare and exotic flower that mimics a bat in flight. The plant requires warm subtropical or tropical weather in order to grow outside, in a cold climate you can grow it outside.

Plants and fungi can be planted in the garden by clicking on the seed you would like to plant on the left-hand side and then clicking on an empty tile in the Garden. A seed can be easily planted more than once by shift-clicking to plant. At each tick, the game will check three things in order for each tile: age, contamination, and mutation. The length of one tick is determined by the type of soil which is currently in use, though a tick can be triggered instantly by spending a sugar lump.

Age, Maturation and Decay

While growing, the crop ages every tick by its aging value, which in most cases is a randomized number. As the age increases, the crops will grow as bud, sprout, bloom and finally mature after reaching their mature age. The premature stages of growth increase as the crop reaches 1/3 and 2/3 of its mature age. The power of passive effects increases with each growth stage, reaching full strength once the crop matures. The effectiveness of premature growth stages is as follows: 10% for buds, 25% for sprouts, and 50% for blooms. A crop will decay once its age reaches 100 unless it is immortal.


At the beginning the Garden only has one seed available: Baker's Wheat. By leaving the Garden plots empty, Meddleweed may also start appearing. These two plants are the most fundamental species of the Garden Baker's Wheat is the basis for all other plants, while Meddleweed is the basis of fungi. Most new species appear as a mutation of two or more parent crops adjacent to an empty plot, but the two fundamental species of fungi first appear randomly as a result of manually harvesting Meddleweed. Using the Harvest-All tool will cause any resulting Crumbspore and Brown Mold buds to be harvested along with everything else, but harvesting crops before they mature just kills them without adding their seeds to your collection. However, using Ctrl+Shift+Click on a plant does work, since it only harvests mature instances of plants, rather than the entire garden.

If there is an empty plot, it has a chance to start growing a plant based on the adjacent (orthogonal and diagonal) plots. For example, if there are two adjacent Baker's Wheat, the empty plot may produce another Baker's Wheat or its mutations: a Thumbcorn or a Bakeberry, in the order of greatest chance to lowest chance. The exact probability can be calculated from random list mechanism. In general, the actual number is close, but not equal, to the base chance and can be approximately tripled. Most mutations require mature crops to trigger, but there are some exceptions. Additionally, certain mutations may also be prevented by having too many of a certain species adjacent to a slot (e.g. Ordinary Clover). See the species section below for a complete list of all mutation conditions.

Mutation Setups

The above picture to the left shows examples of optimal plant alignments for each Garden level when trying to mutate a new crop from 2 parents of the same species (example: Thumbcorn from 2 Baker's Wheats). Green squares (labeled with a "G") indicate planted crops. Empty squares indicate locations for potential mutations.

The second picture shows examples of optimal alignments for each Garden level for mutations from 2 different parents (example: Cronerice from Baker's Wheat and Thumbcorn). The green and yellow squares (labeled with a "G" and "Y" respectively) indicate the 2 types of planted tiles. The light red squares (labelled with an "R") indicate plots that could grow unwanted crops resulting from the mutation of 2 plants of the same type. For example, growing Baker's Wheat and Gildmillet may spawn unwanted Thumbcorns in the R plots.

Note that there are certain plants which require more than just 2 adjacent plants (Juicy Queenbeet, Shriekbulb & Everdaisy). If you're trying to grow either one of these plants, DO NOT FOLLOW the mutation setups shown above (they won't work very well, if at all).

For the second chart, level 6 can be altered to remove its unwanted plots by using the setup for level 7 without the empty top row. However, this uses up one more space in the grid, meaning there is one less space for a new plant to grow. This is optimal if you are not actively managing your Garden to remove unneeded or unwanted plants.

Mutation Tree


Meddleweed, Crumbspore, and Doughshroom are able to contaminate other crops in an orthogonal direction when they are mature. The chance of this happening is very low. When it does occur, the contaminated plant is replaced by the attacking weed or fungus. Immortal plants are immune to contamination, as are certain other species. See the growth charts for an overview of contamination values and immunity information.

How the Seasons Affect Plants and Animals

Winter, sleep, plant, spring and water

HOW THE SEASONS AFFECT PLANTS AND ANIMALS We have found that plants need food, water, and sunshine. Plants get their food from the soil.

Animals need food and water, and the most of them love sunlight, but there are some that hide away from it. Many of the animals get their food from plants, but some feed upon other animals that they can kill.

Everything that lives has its time to rest and sleep. When do you suppose that time is? Can it be in the winter or in the summer, or is it at night? If you said any one of these, you would be partly right.

Most plants and some of the animals sleep a part of each year. The time which they take to sleep depends upon the climate of the place in which they live. The most of the animals sleep a part of each day or night. Plants do not grow as fast at night as they do in the daylight.

In cold countries plants sleep in the winter. We know they are going to sleep when their leaves begin to fall. When the cold winter comes they stand so bare that they look as though they were dead.

When the trees begin to feel the warmer days of spring the sap starts again from their roots. It goes up the trunk of the tree and into each tiny branch. The waiting buds soon commence to swell. Almost before we know it the trees are again dressed in green.

The children all know that spring has come when they can find the pussy willows. The willow is one of the first trees to wake up and open its little blossoms.

Many plants do not live through the winter. Each spring a new plant grows from the little seed. Very soon we see it blossom. When it is fall and

the cooler weather drives away the summer, the seeds are ripe and the first frosts kill the mother plant.

In warm countries plants sleep during the dry season. If summer is the dry season, then they grow in the winter. Such a country is green and beautiful in the winter. In summer the ground becomes dry and the whole world seems dead.

There are many animals that crawl into their holes and go to sleep when fall comes. They do not move until spring wakes them. The first warm day brings them out of their winter home. The earth, the water and the air are full of life, where a little time before everything seemed dead.

Every plant and every animal is suited to the place in which you find it living. If you carry an animal or plant away from its home you must give it a new home much like the old one. If you do not it will die. The animals in the cold north cannot stand the heat of the south. A plant which is used to having a great deal of water will not live where there is little water° The birds do not stay in one place through the year. When winter comes they go toward the south. In the spring they return to their northen homes where they make their nests and raise the young birds.

People do not move back and forth as the seasons change. They put on warmer clothing for the winter and store up food to eat. Some animals do the same. Their hair grows longer and thicker and thus they are protected from the cold.