flower gardening

Adding flowers to your landscape can create beautiful colourful displays to enjoy over and over, they really can brighten up the place with ease. You can go and add some of your favourite flowers to your landscape, in a basket or planted into the ground, this can have a quick effect to brighten things up and doesn’t need much planning. Although the wise landscaper will always have a plan of action before they attempt a flower garden of any kind. It can be difficult to remove and rearrange flowers especially if you have them planted in beds, so planning in the beginning stages will always pay off.

The main part of planning your flower garden will be choosing how many perennials and annuals you will be wanting. The perennials will bloom throughout the year on their own, while the annuals will only bloom at a certain time once each year and will then need to be replanted. If you have the money and the inclination then you can use all annuals and change your garden around each year, perhaps you like to follow the landscaping fashions, or sticking with just perennials and keeping your landscape the same way that you like and approve of. You can also mix the two, which I recommend as you can get the best of both worlds.

Before you plant anything, first determine where you plan to put the flowers. Consider how the plants look when they are fully-grown, will the hover over other flowers? How tall do they grow? When do they bloom and what colours are they? These are basic questions that you must think about before you delve into planting any flowers, as you want a garden that looks beautiful to the eye, not a big multicoloured mess with flowers looking out of place. Chose locations that get the right amount of sunlight and chose flowers that flourish in your climate and region of the world.

If you are planting flowers into the ground, you will want to mark out an area of the lawn where the proposed flowers will be planted so you can get a look and feel of what the finished area will look like, this is also a good time to figure out what space you have to work with. Use a piece of rope or a long garden hose to mark out the area you want to put the flowers, you can then adjust the rope or hose to create the shape you are looking for. Once you have the area marked out its time to get dirty with stripping off the top surface down to the soil using a shovel.

Once you get down to the soil you need to turn over the soil with a shovel or fork to loosen the dirt. This creates a good foundation for the flowers roots to grow in. You can add organic materials like mulch, compost, manure or peat moss to add extra nutrients to the soil by mixing it all together. Now smooth over the soil with a rake ensuring you are not compacting the soil in the process. Mark out your edges with a plastic edging or using stones or whatever you have chosen, you could even just slope the soil down around the edges as this create a good effect.

Once the area is prepared you are ready to plant, seeds are a lot cheaper than the flowers but with seeds you will first have to wait for them to grow. If using potted plants a good tip is to place them around the garden where you might want to put them while they are still in their containers, this way you can get a good feel of what everything will look like in it’s place.