Ask the PlantMaster

What plants and flowers can I use that will give me year round color for a very shaded front yard that faces southwest?

Most plants that provide color do so during particular seasons, so your best bet is to use a combination of plants that includes annuals and perennials and shrubs. For instance, you could plant Japanese Maples that provide color during Spring and Fall for something of medium to tall height. The Coral Bark Maple provides red trunk and stems throughout the Winter. Hosta and Coral Bells (Heuchera) provide foliage color during the Spring, Summer and Fall before going dormant for the Winter. Helleborus are perennials that bloom from late Winter through the Spring depending on the variety that you choose, and they are evergreen. Seasonal annuals like Impatiens and Caladiums will provide Spring, Summer and Fall flowers and foliage color.
Thanks for your inquiry.

Happy Gardening!
The PlantMaster