5 Easy Steps for a Beautiful, Colorful Garden
Flower gardening is the perfect way to add beauty and excitement wherever you plant. Starting with seeds is easy, but once you’ve chosen your plants, it is important to understand the needs of each kind. Instructions will come with each package you purchase, make sure to read those carefully. Follow the steps below for guidance to a beautiful flower garden.
Step One: Finding Perfect Location
Each plant requires different attention: sun, shade, combination? Finding the place for your flowers is the most important step to a successful garden. Full sun is six hours or more of direct sun per day. If a flower requires part shade, it is recommended to have 4-6 hours of sun exposure. For example, petunias and pentas do not mix well with sunlight, but can bloom from May-September nonstop. On another note, sunflowers and lantanas require full sun light.
Step Two: Dig the Soil
Good soil is essential for a flower garden. A recommended type of soil to use in a flower bed is sandy loam. It can be described as a balanced mixture of clay, sand, and silt. Flowers thrive in loose, organic soil. Dig to a depth of at least 6-7 inches. Handle the soil when it is dry. Keep the flowers away with some distance for the roots to grow, but not too much. Space the seeds 6-8 inches apart to allow them to grow to their capability.
Step Three: Time to Plant
As mentioned before, following the steps provided on each flower seed packet will serve as a guide when planting. If planting many different kinds of flowers together, make sure to do some research for tips on what grows well together and vice versa.
Step Four: Water Consistently and Add Mulch (optional but suggested)
Once the soil is dug and the flowers are ready to grow, soak the soil around the flower. Garden flowers need a hefty amount of water: 2 inches of moisture weekly. It is suggested to water deeply, not frequently and lightly. Going this route will allow the roots to grow deeper. Make sure the routine is consistent, so the soil does not become waterlogged. A layer of mulch placed around the new flowers will help slow down evaporation and will reduce the number of times you need to water.
Step Five: Groom, Groom, Groom
Keep the flowers looking spiffy by watering and keeping the surrounding area clean. By this time, you will have successfully grown a flower garden. To survive winter, cut off the spent flower heads. If desired, cut the flowers for gifts or to make a bouquet.