Garden Flowers – Introduction
Garden flowers symbolize life and energy for many of us, and are the chief method used today for decorating the exterior of your home. Gardens come in all varieties, from a simple row hedge to an elaborate spectacle with meandering paths, fountains, ponds and groves of trees. Whatever your preference, creating and maintaining a garden is one of the biggest joys of home ownership.
Garden flowers play a big role in how you go about planning your yard. It’s not as simple as planting and sitting back, there are a large number of factors to consider. First and foremost is how much space you have available. Some garden flowers can reach surprising sizes, and the hardier varieties can have a tendency to kill off some of the smaller plants around them.
You want to make sure that individual garden flowers have adequate space around them to grow. This means they need room for root expansion and both vertical and horizontal surface expansion. Many garden flowers have tiny root structures that allow them to be clumped together, which often form an intertwined root mass beneath the soil. Others, however, have massive structures that require solidarity to thrive.
You can usually find this information out by examining existing plants in other locations or by asking experts at a garden center. An additional function of space is to ensure that the garden flowers will have open access to the sun. If a large number of over-hanging shrubs and plants are placed around them, there is potential to plunge them into shade.
Many garden flowers and plants, such as ferns thrive in shade. Many more require constant or partial sun, so having a tree or bush overhead will seriously stunt if not terminate growth of these natural gifts entirely.
Garden Flowers – Additional Critical Factors
Soil quality is the next big issue when considering where to plant garden flowers. Dry and crumbling dirt won’t usually support life with much success. Before you plant, you want to purchase bags of topsoil (unless your existing soil is sufficient in quality, which is sometimes the case). Nutrient-rich topsoil will encourage rapid growth and give your garden flowers some staying power.
In addition to topsoil, it’s a great idea to pick up some fresh manure. Sheep and cow are common and work great. If you live near a zoo, see if you can purchase a few bags of “zoo poo,” (delivery may be possible) which they often offer to gardeners. This is a popular mixture of gathered manure from the various animals within, and often yields very respectable results in a garden.
You may also be interest in soil cover, such as peat moss, which is great for keeping the ground cool and moist. Cocoa husks or cedar wood shavings are viable alternatives, and lend a unique and extremely pleasant aroma to your yard.
When you return home, the first step is to determine the location, size and shape of the new section of garden. Once done, cut up any sod that needs removing and then break up the soil with a spade, hoe or dirt rake until it is as finely crumbled as possible. If you have a lot of clay present in your area, this may take some time, so be sure to remember a golden rule for gardeners – rest and relaxation! Don’t be afraid to sit down and have a glass of water now and then.
Once your dirt is broken up, begin mixing in the topsoil and manure in equal portions. You may wish to pre-dig holes for larger garden flowers, or remove a few inches of earth to replace with your new mixture. A good combination is 1/3 clay or regular earth, 1/3 top soil, and 1/3 manure. This provides your garden flowers with a ton of nutrients to help them grow.
At this point you’re all set to begin the planting. Be sure to keep shade and sun plants in appropriate locations. Shade plants do well near a fence corner or under trees. Determine which direction the sun tends to linger the most in, and plant sun-loving plants accordingly. You can stagger your garden flowers for aesthetic purposes so that you have a pleasant mixture of colors and shapes.
You may also wish to include some ground cover. This consists of garden flowers that creep low along the ground, and many of them are attractive to look at. They help to promote insect populations as well, which will increase the likelihood of pollination. The extra bugs will also make tasty snacks for songbirds and small mammals, which will improve the ecosystem of your yard drastically.
Garden Flowers – Conclusion
Starting a new garden is a fun and educational experience, and perfect to share with the entire family. By keeping in mind our suggestions, you can be sure to enjoy a successful garden. For additional information, we recommend consulting with your garden center or local florist, either of whom would be well armed with helpful information.
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