There’s nothing like a flower garden to boost the beauty of your yard’s appeal. Here are some tips get started on your own backyard paradise!
In spring and summer, there’s nothing quite like getting out in the yard to play catch or have a barbecue. But another great aspect of a yard is gardening, and what’s better than a flower garden at home! With the right flowering shrubs and your favorite blooms, you can have a garden landscape you’ll really feel proud of. Be sure to share your own gardening ideas with flower beds on FamilyApp!
How Do I Start a Wildflower Garden?
The great thing about starting your garden design with wildflowers is that you don’t have to worry about making mistakes. You can easily learn from year to year, and start over again to see what works!
It’s important to begin with good soil as this will stimulate the growth of your flowers. It’s also a good idea to choose a flower bed size that works for you so your garden is manageable. Whether you dig in the dirt once a week or every day, this will ensure you enjoy the process. The right amount of sunlight will also ensure that whatever you plant will really grow!
How Do I Grow a Flower Garden?
There are a few things to consider before you get started in your own garden. For the most planting pleasure, consider the following items.
- Test the Soil – One of the most important parts of a good garden is the right soil. Before starting, get a few tablespoons of soil from yours and send it for testing. Whether loam-based compost or mulch, the best flowers will spring from solid soil!
- Know the Seasonal Cycle – When you’re raring to get gardening, it’s easy to forget about the seasonal cycles. However, it’s important to know when to seed so your plants can survive and you can minimize weeds. Start planting your flower garden approximately four to six weeks after the frost date.
- Decide Your Garden Style – An important part of an aesthetically pleasing garden is using a complementary color palette. While you’ll want different types of flowers, try similar color tones for a cohesive garden. You can also add contrasting colors here and there for a bit of vibrancy.
What Should I Put in a Flower Garden?
It goes without saying that the most important part of your flower garden is the flowers! However, it can be hard to know what to choose as a novice gardener. Use our tips below to get started on a space you’ll love!
- Perennials – Nothing will make your gardening life easier than perennials as they’ll bloom every year! While you’ll need to cut them back and may need to re-plant every few years, this varietal is pretty reliable. Dahlias, hibiscus, and kniphofia are part of this flower type.
- Annuals – For the prettiest flower garden around, you’ll want to spring for some annuals that you can plant every year. Annual flowers include marigolds, pansies, petunias, and impatiens. Share the ones you love on your favorite family app!
- Flowering Bulbs – There’s nothing like bulbs to signify the arrival of spring. You can also get bulbs that will work in every season. Whether daffodils, tulips or lilies, these varietals will make your garden sing!
- Flowering Shrubs – A charming flower garden is about more than a few rows of flowers. In addition to perennials and bulbs, try flowering trees and shrubs for variety. Options like hydrangea and dogwood can add the perfect touch!
Growing your own flower garden can be one of the best things about spring. Even this year, with all the restrictions due to COVID-19, gardening is a great way to spend time outdoors and educate your kids. Plus, you can help to save the bees!
Even for the novice, there are easy ways to begin! By getting the right soil and knowing the season’s cycle, you’ll be on your way to a great garden. With a little effort, you’ll have a charming space you can enjoy all year.