Flower Gardening

June 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Gardening Information, Gardening Tips

Flower gardens are becoming more popular every year.  The colors and variaties, not to mention the scents make for a wonderful and relaxing hobby.  Flower gardening is simple, inexpensive, and loads of fun.
There are some decisions that have to be made before even flower gardening can be started.  You must decide if you want annuals that live for one season and must be replanted every year, or perennials that survive the winter and return again in the summer. You might love certain Annuals and decide that they are worth the work and money to buy every year while still planting perennials that you won’t have to do much with the following spring, this is a great way to add variety to your flower garden.  When buying and planting, pay attention to what kind of flowers that will thrive in your climate as well as the sun requirements.
When flower gardening, you must decide what type of look you want before planting.  For instance, mixing different heights, colors, and varieties of flowers together in a “wild-plant style” will give your garden a meadow look and can be very charming.  If short flowers are planted in the front of your garden and work up to the tallest flowers in the back you will have a “stepping stone style”.
You can order seeds for flower gardening from catalogs or buy them from a nursery.  Most people will go to the nursery and buy actual flowers and then transplant them.  After you have prepared your garden area and bought flowers, it is a good idea to lay the flowers out in the bed to make sure you like the arrangement and that they will be spaced properly.
One of the easiest processes in flower gardening is the planting if you have seeds just sprinkle them around in the flower bed.  For planting transplants dig a hole just bigger than the flower, pull the container off, and set the flower in the hole right side up.  Cover it with the loose soil and press down firmly, then water.

Maintaining a flower garden is even easier than planting one.  Although they might make it on their own, a bag of fertilizer applied in the early spring is a good idea.  Pinch back any blooms after they start to fade and keep them good and watered.  To save yourself work during the next season of flower gardening, rid your garden of all debris and spread out organic nutrients like peat moss or compost.  Don’t forget to turn over the soil to properly mix in the fertilizer and rake smooth when finished.  If you have perennials planted be careful not to disturb their roots in this process.

Flowers are a great way to spruce up a plain area around your house, give you wonderful and relaxing hobby, and even allow you to have fresh flowers in your home each week! With a little work and planning you can have a gorgeous yard that most would be envious of!

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