Category: Flower Gardening
Creating A Beautiful Flower Garden
Starting a flower gardening hobby can be quite rewarding. Whatever type of flower garden you decide to plant, from tropical too rose gardens, you could reap great rewards by getting your hands a little dirty.
A flower garden can bring beauty to a bare landscape as well as provide a place of refuge. Flower gardens can even be used to create privacy or attract helpful insects like bees and butterflies.
Here are some of our basic tips to help you start a flower garden.
Design Your Flower Gardening Idea
Determine the type of garden you need. What is the purpose of your garden? Are looking to improve the look of your yard or create privacy? Do you want to attract specific insects or have low maintenance?
Deciding on the purpose for your garden, whether it is just for pleasure or has a specific task, will help you decide what flowers to plant.
Select a Garden Style
Next, choose the style of garden you want. What theme do you want for your flower garden? The wide range of options include:
- Tropical Gardens
- Rose Gardens
- Japanese Designs
- Rock Gardens
- Water Gardens
- Country and English Designs
- Shade Loving Plants
Choose Your Plant Types
Finally, decide on whether you want to plant annuals, perennials, or both.
Annuals bloom throughout summer but require replanting each year. On the other hand, perennials have shorter blooming periods but do not require replanting at the beginning of each year. Sometimes a combination of annuals and perennials is a great place to start.
Find a Suitable Spot for Your Design
Many plants require up to six to eight hours of sunlight per day. Spend some time in your designated flower garden and watch how many hours of sun it gets each day.
If your garden receives only a few hours of sunlight per day, then there is no need to worry as there are many plants that love the shade. You can still create a beautiful flower garden with Alyssum, Fuchsia, Larkspur, Hydrangea, Bleeding-Hearts, and Violets to name just a few.
The location of your garden is quite significant. Pick a spot that you can tend to easily such as near your mailbox or outside your front or back door. Caring for your garden will yield healthy plants and thus beautiful blooms all season long.
Improve Your Soil Quality
Once you have found a suitable spot, clear it of all unwanted plants and materials. Make sure to improve the soil quality by digging organic matter or high-quality garden soil into it before planting. This will give your flowers the best starting point to grow healthy foliage and blooms.
Design Your Irrigation System
Next, plan out your watering or irrigation system. This is a vital step to both save you time, conserve water, and provide the ideal growing conditions for your flowers.
Also, make sure when you set your watering schedule that you consider how much sunlight your garden area receives. A place that receives more sunlight will dry out faster and need more water. Whereas a shade garden will stay cooler and, thus, require less often watering.
Most Importantly, Have Fun!
You’re ready to start flower gardening. Pick out your plants, place them in a natural randomized pattern, and then plant them. Have fun with your garden. This is your special space.