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I really like the Dwarf Velma's Delight. Such vibrant color:)

When I choose plants, I look at color and characteristics in all seasons. Some of the crape myrtles have brilliant flowers but boring bark and poor fall color. I chose a Natchez for the bark. I choose a Sioux for the beautiful fall maroon leaves. At the corner of my house, I picked a coral bark Japanese maple for the fire red bark in the winter.

I had a landscape designer draw up a plan years ago. One thing she stressed was having something of interest year around. You shouldn't have a season where the yard looks bland. Also pick plants that add color in various ways. You don't just need flowers to add color. Add plants that have add color through their leaves or needles or through their bark. Add plants that flower in different months.

A few other plants:

davidi viburnum - white flowers in spring and blue berries in fall
scarlet firethorn pyracantha - orange berries in the fall and winter
dwarf nandina - bright red leaves in the winter
saybrook gold juniper - year around yellow color
sasanqua camellia - early winter flowers
loropetalum - purple leaves and pink flowers
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