a Flower Garden
If you're planning to start a flower
garden, you might be a little stumped when it comes to choosing flowers.
Although there's no such thing as a bad choice of flowers, there are
some choices that can take your garden from okay to simply magnificent.
Consider these simple tips when you're trying to choose which beautiful
blooms you want for your garden.
First of all, how much light do you have? If your garden is located
in an area that gets direct sunlight for part of the time, and shade
for the rest of the time, your flower choices are almost infinite. The
majority of flowers in the world are best adapted to these half-and-half
lighting conditions. If your garden area is very sunny, on the other
hand, consider planting flowers that not only enjoy sunlight, but can
stand up to direct heat. A few good strong sunlight flowers are sunflowers
(of course) and daylilies. On the other hand, if your area is more on
the shady side, go for lower-light flowers such as irises, tiger lilies,
or honeysuckle. These plants are more tolerant of the cooler temperature
in the shade, and their photosynthesis process is adapted to smaller
amounts of sunlight.
What about soil? If you're planting in a rocky area, you may have some
trouble getting many plants to take root. The ideal dirt for flowers,
of course, is black, fine dirt without much rubble. If you live in an
area where the ground has a sand consistency, look into planting local
flowers- those will be the ones most adapted to growing in sand, such
Now comes the fun part. Once you get an idea of what types of flowers
you're able to grow, it's time to think about what types you'd like
to grow. Try drawing out your garden on a sheet of paper, based on the
various heights the plants are expected to reach. Try framing sunflowers
with ground covering plants that will flourish in the shade of the taller
plants around them. Pay attention to the colors of the blossoms and
arrange them in a pleasing manner. Use your imagination here- feel free
to plan a garden with a strict outline, featuring only blue and yellow
flowers; or let your brain and your garden run wild, with bursts of
random color everywhere. It's up to you.
Keep in mind that the first year of a flower garden is only the beginning.
If you truly want to enjoy your garden to the utmost, try to plant perennials
that will return next season. That will give the plants a year to mature
and gain strength, and with a little luck, you'll be surprised each
year with a flourishing flower garden that gets stronger and brighter
as time goes by.
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