Your Year Around Flower and Garden Guide

Practical Flower Gardening: Space, Care, & Expense

Of course, the first year for any flower garden takes a lot of care as you nurture young plants to maturity, but if you like looking at gardens more than you do working in them, perennial plants are the way to go. Generally, once planted, established, and properly mulched perennials need minimal care as they return to delight you year after year.

If you love being outdoors and digging in the soil, plant annuals. In most cases, you can purchase annual flowers in flats of multiple plants at far less expense than perennial flowering plants. A lush planting of annuals can transform a drab spot of your yard into a beautiful focal point in your landscape.Sunflower

Although any good garden begins with the soil, unless you are building on solid granite, soils can generally be amended to suit the needs of your flowering plants and need little consideration in choosing the plants for your flower garden.

Today's nurseries offer hundreds of choices of cultivars, hybrids, and flower variants. Choose the right plants for your garden according to plant size and space availability. Both of these elements are built around the most important practical factor in choosing the right plants.

If you want your flowers to "bloom where they are planted", then you must plant your flower garden where flowers will bloom!

Locating Your Flower Garden

The most critical element of the location of your flower garden is the amount of light it receives daily. Most flowering plants are sold according to light requirements.

Heat tolerances and moisture requirements also figure into the type of light exposure your flowering plants receive.

In addition to exposure, consider the placement of buildings, trees, and shrubs that provide localized shade (shade that moves through the day or the seasons) and the general "lay of the land". Moreover, these factors also affect the amount of moisture your flowers receive as well as protection from wind.

Container Flower Gardens

Most flowers do as well in containers as they do in a tilled flowerbed.

A flower garden can occupy a window box or containers, strategically positioned in your landscape. Container gardens need more attention to moisture and fertilization requirements than in-ground plantings, but (except for attached containers like window boxes) they are portable.

Container gardens are great choices for growing flowers for those who are short on space! In addition to being virtually weed, pest, and disease free, they also offer the benefit of gardening while either sitting or standing.

Flower Tips

  1. Remember your zone. Choose perennials that are hardy for your zone or you will need to spend extra time in the fall, lifting your plants and storing them for the winter. In addition, timing is everything for setting out tender young plants whether they are annuals or perennials. Knowing your zone helps you decide the best time to plant them.
  2. Choose disease-resistant flower hybrids and cultivars whenever possible.
  3. Before tilling a new area for any garden, remember to call the appropriate companies and/or government officials to be sure you don't till into water or gas lines and underground power cables.

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