Flowers add color and beauty to any yard and can make any space seem welcoming. What better way to be invited into your home than to be surrounded by fresh, wonderful smelling flowers? While flowers require some maintenance, they are a wonderful addition to any yard. They attract birds and butterflies, and it’s definitely possible for you to find the perfect flower to meet your desires. Whether you want low maintenance flowers, showy flowers, or simply a pop of color, there are three important things you need to know about planting flowers. Also, take a look at how to prep your yard for a garden to understand how to get ready to plant flowers!
One: Perennials versus Annuals
While every flower has its own characteristics and advantages, you should know the difference between annual flowers and perennial flowers. Annual flowers are those that complete their lifecycle in just one growing season. This essentially means that the planting, growth, flowering, seeding, and dying of the flower will all occur within the same year. Annual flowers tend to bloom from spring until the first autumn frost, so now is the perfect time to plant them! Annuals are the more showy flowers, so they’re worth replanting each year.
Perennial flowers are those that grow for three or more years. The clear favorite of the laidback gardener, most perennials tend to have a relatively short season of bloom. However, if you combine several species of perennials in your garden then you can have a variety of season-long color!
Two: Flowers are Good for your Garden
It is hard to find a problem with flowers besides the fact that some species take up a lot of water. However, flowers are wonderful additions to your garden because they are beautiful and smell great. They tell you the season and attract predators to help kill the pests in your garden. Some flowers can even fix nitrogen and help fertilize your garden. Flowers can lead to seeds, which can help you to replant your garden. Certain flowers help the ones around them flourish. Flowers help with weed control since their roots dominate weed roots. Some flowers can even be eaten or used in wines!
Three: The Essential Factors for Growing Flowers
The four main factors to be concerned with, when planting flowers are: light, water, temperature, and fertilizer.
Light: Depending on the location of your garden will depend on the type of flowers that can be grown since flowers require different levels of light.
Water : The amount of water a flower garden needs largely depends on how much sun it gets and the type of flowers that are chosen to fill the spaces.
Temperature : The temperatures flowers can tolerate is partially tied to location, because of the amount of sun they receive. So when you are planning your garden, follow the local recommendations for when it is safe to start planting, and put your hardiest varieties out, first.
Fertilizer : Knowing whether your soil is acidic, sandy, or clay-based, can help you decide how to choose the right fertilizer for your flowerbeds!
Now that you know the important facts for planting flowers, you can check out our plant selection and see if there’s anything that you like! If you like our plants, or just want help in creating your dream garden, feel free to contact us today!