Planning A Flower Garden
Flowers can brighten anyone’s day; whether they are freshly cut and brought into your home or growing in a small garden in your front or back yard. Perhaps you are planning a flower garden so you can add a little color to your yard and you don’t know where to start.
The first step in planning for any garden is it’s location. Flower gardens often require anywhere from 6 to 8 hours a day of direct sunlight. Select a sunny area that is easily accessible for watering and cutting of your flowers. It is also important that you design your garden with your flowers’ natural blooming in mind by checking your planting zones. By checking the planting zones, you will be able to wisely choose the best flowers for your climate as well as the appropriate times in which to plant them.
Tulips and Daffodils come in bulbs that you plant in the autumn so that they will be able to flower in the early to mid spring. Other flowers which bloom in the early spring that require the bulbs to be planted in the autumn include Crocus’s (even though some bloom through autumn) and the Giant flowering onion, that blooms from early spring to mid-summer.
Gladiolus bulbs are usually planted in the early spring so the flowers will bloom from early summer until the first frost. To have fresh cut flowers until the first frost, you can plant your bulbs as early as two weeks before the last frost and every two weeks after that.
Annuals are usually planted in the early spring after the last frost and include flowers such as zinnias, snapdragons, cosmos and various other flowers. Annuals are plants that grow, bloom, and die off in one season, as opposed to perennials, which grow and bloom for several seasons.
With a little bit of planning and work, you can add color to your home and garden with beautiful flowers all spring and summer long.