A flower garden increases the aesthetic appeal of your property. In addition, you can earn money if you sell the flowers. You can also save money you could have spent at the flower shop when you grow your own flowers. Moreover, the flower garden if large enough can be a great place to enjoy and relax.
These are just some of the reasons why starting a flower garden is a wonderful decision. Besides, anyone no matter their level of experience can start a blooming flower garden. Below are important guidelines to help you start a flower garden.
Picking a Location
The first step in starting an amazing flower garden is picking the right location. Ensure the area you select receives adequate sunlight for the growth of the plants. Whether outdoors or indoors, pick a location where your plants will receive 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day during the growing period.
For outdoor yard flower gardens, assess the topography as well as the moisture conditions of the area. Moreover, choose a spot where your flowers will not be exposed to strong winds. If you are starting a container flower garden, choose the right containers for the plants.
Preparing the Soil
Good soil is a requirement for a successful flower garden. It must have adequate organic matter and the right pH. In order to assess the pH, fertility and nutrient status of the soil, collect samples and do a soil test. You can use a home soil testing kit and perform the soil analysis yourself.
You can also take the soil samples to an agricultural lab. With the soil test results, improve the soil to make it suitable for your flower plants. In case the flower plants will grow in containers, get high quality potting mix.
Choosing Flower Plants
Choose the right flowers for your flower garden. Consider the amount of sunlight in your location, the type of soil, the moisture content as well as the level of maintenance the flowers will need then choose fitting plants. You will also decide if to grow annuals, perennials or both. Annuals complete their entire life cycle in a single season while perennials stay alive for many years.
The care for annuals is different from perennials. For instance, annual plants require lots of watering and fertilizing. Moreover, some setups can only support annual flowering plants only. Because annuals and perennials have different growing requirements, it is recommended to have both of them in your garden.
Designing Your Flower Garden
Proper designing ensures a beautiful looking flower garden. Think about the shapes and colors of the plants first and visualize how the full grown flower plants will look. You can then combine some plants if the combinations will be amazing. Other than shapes and colors, you can also combine plants according to heights, sizes and textures.
Another design tip is repetition. Repeating colors and shapes can create a sense of visual unity and calmness. Proper design especially in layers also ensures you have a natural looking flower garden.
Caring for Your Flower Garden
Taking good care of your flower garden is necessary. The annual plants need regular watering as well as application of fertilizer. Perennial plants do not need as much water and fertilizer as the annual plants.
Basically, water and fertilizer requirements will depend on the type of plants in your flower garden, the climate as well as the soil conditions. Pruning may also be necessary from time to time. You should also look out for weeds and pests that affect the health of your flower plants.
How you care for the plants also depends on the type of flower garden you have established. As a result, flower plants that are grown in containers and kept indoors will require different attention compared to flower plants in an outdoor yard garden. But the beauty of it all is having a garden blooming with healthy flowers.
Start a flower garden you will be proud of with these guidelines. We advise you start small so that you gain experience before expanding. This is the only way to know what works and what does not work in your flower garden.
Also, keep learning on the various ways to nurture your garden. Moreover, if you make mistakes along the way, do not be discouraged. Learn from such mistakes and you will soon become a seasoned gardener.