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Choosing Garden Flowers

"Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination." Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden- Alice Morse Earle, 1897

The truth is there are no "right" plants for every flower garden. The best flower garden plants a part of your personality into your landscape. The easiest way to design your flower garden is to first decide on your preferences and then consider the practical aspects of flower gardening.

Your Flower Preferences

Some flower gardens attract birds, some attract butterflies, and some are just plain attractive! Deciding on what you want from your flower garden is the first step in making flowers "bloom where you plant them".

What color(s) do you see when you think of flowers?

Today's cultivars provide you with a color selection that spans the color spectrum.

Even a demure white flower garden can integrate a breath-taking display of ivories, creams, and snowy-whites. Other single color gardens feature the unusual look of plants like late-blooming black tulips mixed with blue violets, some present bold contrasts of colors like yellow marigolds mixed with colorful purple pansies and red petunias, and some display a rainbow of color!

Do you love cut flowers or is your primary objective to add some pizzazz to your landscape?

Long stemmed terminal blossoms, like gladiolas, are generally the best flowers to grow for bouquets. Add foliage from shade-loving plants like ferns and hostas and sweet accents of alyssum or baby's breath to make homegrown centerpieces look flower-shop perfect!

Sidewalk borders, patio pots, window boxes, and ground covers are just a few of the ideas for landscaping with flowers in addition to the traditional flowerbed. Flowers can hide a sore spot on your landscape, put your home or a special lawn feature in the spotlight, or your flower garden can be the focal point of your yard.

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