Beginner's Guide to Flower Gardening
By Heather Roberts
There are few things that add colour and versatility to the outdoor space than flowers. The rich foliage and the sweet scent can turn your backyard into a gorgeous retreat. Although, the gardening season is coming to an end soon, it's worth start thinking about next year projects. If you are planning to dive into the wild world of gardening and update your backyard, you should definitely consider bringing some flowers into your landscape. If you have no idea where to start with your flower garden, don't worry. Here are some useful tips to get you started.
Know what is what
Flowers come in various sizes, shapes and colours. They also differ in the way they grow and the environment they crave. In order to successfully take care of your greenery, you need to be familiar with the types of plants and their unique needs.
Annuals: The lifecycle of these flowers is only a year, which means that you need to replant them every season. Some of the most popular representatives of annual flowers are marigolds, petunias, certain sorts of daisies, zinnias and pansies.
Perennials: These plants may live for years, if properly managed. They are idea for lazy gardeners, because they don't need replanting and require minimal effort. The downside is that perennials bloom only for a couple of weeks each season. Some of the most preferred choices are snapdragons, coneflowers and goldenrod.
Biennials: These flowers grow leaves during the first year and bloom the next. After that they produce seed and die. Biennials are often sold as perennials. So, if your plants don't flower right away, just be patient.
Bulbs: If you want to create a vibrant and diverse flower garden, you may consider planting some bulbs. You have wide range of options such as tulips, calla lilies, daffodils, calla lilies and dahlias. There are spring and summer bulbs. Depending on your local environment bulbs may come back every year. In some cases you will need to dig them up and keep them during the winter. Then you can replant them again.
Choose the Right Location
When it comes to gardening and landscaping, the location plays huge role. There are several aspects you need to take into account before start planting:
Sunlight: Some greenery need full sun, other prefer more shady areas. Pick your flowers based on the characteristic of your site. Be sure you read the labels and then sew accordingly.
See the Big Picture: Use the greenery to highlight or hide certain parts of your landscape. Be mindful about where you put your flowers. Think about the look and the colours of the plants and how they combine.
Consider Your Flowers' Needs
You should pay attention not only to the sun exposure, but also to other important factors like water, soil, mulch and fertilizer.
Water: The amount of water your flowers need varies largely from one type of greenery to another. You need also to take into account your soil and the amount of rain it gets.
Soil: The soil is a vital source of minerals and nutrients for your flowers. If you want your plants to grow strong and colourful, you need to provide them with what they need. Improve the quality of your land by adding organic materials.
Mulch: Don't underestimate the importance of mulching. It will preserve your soil moist and keep the weeds at bay.
Fertilizer: The type of fertilizer depends on what flowers you decide to plant. Generally, an all-purpose fertilizer will do the job.
Heather Roberts is a freelance guest blogger from London, UK. She has many published articles on various topics such as gardening, landscaping and home maintenance etc. She loves to spend her time with family and friends and she also tries to live an eco-friendly life.