How the seasons impact your garden

If you love gardening and strive to have a beautiful garden all year round, then one thing you should understand is how the seasons impact your garden. Thinking ahead and picking the right plants for each season is essential to keep your garden thriving regardless of the season.

Unfortunately, it isn’t as easy as picking plants, planting them in a nice spot in your garden and hoping for the best. Plants can detect seasonal changes and adapt to their changing environment, which means that some plants can’t survive in winter while others can. 

This doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful garden every season; it just requires more planning and knowledge of how the seasons impact your garden. Our landscape gardeners in Bury have done this research, so you don’t have to! So keep reading to find out more.

How plants react to seasonal changes

How plants react to seasonal changes

Plants of all types are susceptible to their environment and can detect changes to the temperatures, length of the day, amount of rainfall and soil conditions. All of these aspects can change when the seasons change, so plants are constantly looking for this to adjust accordingly. 

The exciting thing is that plants look out for changes continuously. For example, plants measure light over 24 hours and react immediately. You might be wondering how exactly a plant could do this. The answer isn’t as complex as you may expect. Plants have phytochromes which are receptors used to detect light. They respond to environmental light conditions and control a variety of hormones which cause a plant to form a bulb, bloom, or drop its leaves.

Like the light receptors, plants also measure the number of cold hours they are exposed to and therefore know whether they are in a colder or warmer season. This is important for some trees and plants as they only grow under certain conditions, such as peach trees, which should be planted in late winter or early spring.

Our landscape gardeners in Bury found it interesting that the gardeners and the plants rely on seasonal changes to know what next steps to take. The seasons impact your garden much more than you may have thought.

Which plants should you choose based on the season?

Which plants should you choose based on the season?

We know plants depend on the changing seasons to know when to bloom or grow. As someone trying to have a beautiful year-round garden, you also need to know which plants will bloom during which season and which ones you may want to hold off on planting. Another thing to consider is the changing environment your plants will be exposed to. With the changing seasons, the soil moisture level, the amount of rainfall and sunlight will differ, which can force a reaction in your plants.

You need to consider certain factors regarding how the seasons impact your garden. Do not worry; it is less complicated than it sounds. Our Bury landscape gardeners have put together an overview for you:


Use this as a transitional season between summer and winter to plant trees and shrubs that will enter a dormant stage over winter. Also, consider planting tulips and crocuses that will bloom in early spring.


The soil is usually too frozen or waterlogged to spend time planting, so take this time to maintain your garden and ensure that the plants that are already planted make it through winter.


This is when plants will awake from their winter hibernation, and your garden will be filled with vibrant colours. Bulbs you planted in fall will now bloom, and it is the right time to add colourful flowers such as peonies to your garden.


This is one of the favourite seasons for many gardeners. Annual flowering plants such as Sweet Peas or Pot Marigolds are popular flowers that will bloom during this season. They have the perfect soil and sunlight conditions to thrive in. If you want to add more plants to your garden, consider “Harvest of Memories” irises in late summer.

What does seasonal change mean for your garden?

What does seasonal change mean for your garden?

Knowing how seasons impact your garden will make it easier for you to understand the needs of your garden and plants. As our landscape gardeners in Bury have laid out in this article, plants change with the seasons, so some are more appropriate to plant in certain seasons than others. You wouldn’t want to go through the effort of planting something and not have it survive because it was never meant to be planted during that specific season. 

Being conscious of the needs of plants and how the seasons impact your garden will make you a better gardener and make your gardening experience easier and more enjoyable. Your garden will thrive all year round. 

Our landscape gardeners in Bury are experienced and knowledgeable, so if you need more tips on getting your garden through the seasons or if you want some help taking on your next garden project, get in touch with Bury Landscapes today!

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