Planting Flowers – Tips to Green Your Thumb

Planting Flowers – The Appeal of a Flower Garden

Planting flowers to create a beautiful garden is one of the joys of owning your own home. Think of a yard as a blank slate or empty canvas upon which to pour your creativity. You have many different options at your disposal when considering the theme and variety of garden that you’d like to grow, and deciding which one you like, or mix-and-matching to create your own, can be the best part of planting flowers.

Consider, for example, constructing an elaborate rock garden if you live in naturally rocky or hilly parts. Planting flowers from an alpine environment will allow you to maintain a beautiful garden without having to worry about weaker plants dying off. You may also wish to construct a water garden, using intricate combinations of ponds, waterfalls and streams to enhance the beauty of your yard.

Oriental themes, shrub gardens, tree gardens, and even vegetable gardens can all present you with an entertaining and educational task. Of course, planting flowers is at the root of the entire process, and it is these plants that will transform your finished garden into a finished product that you will find very easy to love.

Planting Flowers – Basic Rules of Thumb

When planting flowers, you want to follow some basic guidelines that have been established by expert gardeners to assist with the growing process and to eliminate any chance of disaster. We’ve put together a few of them for you to peruse, and keeping them in mind while planting flowers will help to keep your garden thriving and healthy.

· Sun vs. Shade – There are a large assortment of sun-loving plants that require direct or majority exposure to the sun’s rays to grow and survive. Conversely, many other varieties thrive in the shade and low-light environments. When you buy the plants, there will usually be a tag or label indicating special growing instructions, including the sun or shade preference of the species.

It is important to place the appropriate types in their respective gardens. Planting flowers in the wrong type of location will stunt or prevent growth.

· Soil Quality. The quality of the soil is another large factor when planting flowers. Cracked and dry soil yields poor results, especially if there happens to be a high concentration of clay. Acquiring several bags of topsoil and manure and then mixing it all together with broken up dirt (keep a 1:3 ratio if possible) will create a nurturing growth environment.

Some plants need well-drained soil. This means that there cannot be a excessive amount of moisture present in the dirt. You can avoid this partially by creating small hills in the soil into which you plant a flower. Little channel dug into the soil that lead off to a run-off area can act as basic irrigation, as well.

· Watering. Different plants have different water requirements, so be sure to find out what they are. You may wish to write them down for each species if you have a large garden or a large variety planted within. A gentle sprinkler can do the job, as can a hose set to a mist spray. A large garden watering can offers you a good means of controlling how much water each plant gets, and also comes in handy while initially planting flowers.

· Space. Some plants require more space then others. When planting flowers, make sure that larger varieties or those with larger root structures are given enough space so that they do not encroach upon smaller plants. This can end up stunting their growth or killing them off, which is best to avoid.

· Weeding. A key tip for after planting flowers is to remain vigilant so that aggressive weed species cannot settle in. Weeds tend to drain the water and minerals in the soil, starving your chosen plants. Removing them before they have had a chance to seed will prevent a serious infestation later in the year. A simple kitchen butter knife makes a good weeding tool.

Planting Flowers – Additional Information

If you’re interested in learning some more advanced tips about planting flowers, your local florist will prove to be a knowledgeable source. You can visit their online shop for information as well, and from there also browse various species to get an idea of what you’d like to grow. You may wish to consider flower delivery from the site so that you can enjoy your favorites inside without having to damage your own garden.

Bouquets and other floral arrangements make excellent gifts, and you can either order these from the florist or assemble your own from the blooms in your home garden. This is sure to impress friends and family alike.

Overall, the greatest benefit of planting flowers is that you will create a green space in your yard that you can enjoy spending time in. Being able to get outside more is one of the keys to reducing stress and improving overall health and wellness.

Copyright (c) 2008 Brant Florist

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