Growing a garden that is full of lovely flowers can be a lot of fun, especially if you don’t mind getting a little bit dirty. Of course you can always opt to buy potted plants, but growing your own is definitely more rewarding. Plants are like pets. You care for them and as they grow and you feel proud for being part of their development. Guides to growing your own garden will tell you that the first thing you should do before anything else is checking your space and deciding how big your garden will be. Homeowners often go for front yards for their gardens to beautify their homes. Although people who truly love to till the soil, cultivate the backyard and make it a flower haven as well. If you are one of those people who live in a small place or in a high-rise building, you can still try creating a home garden on the patio or the windowsill.
After determining the space, the next thing to decide on is the kind or kinds of flowers to fill it with. First thing you should do is learn about your growing zone. Visit the National Gardening Association’s website (www.garden.org/zipzone). This is where you can find which USDA hardiness zone you are in, as well as the best plants for your particular climate. The site also provides useful gardening tips that you can learn a lot from.
If you don’t have a lot of gardening experience, you can opt to transplant annuals which have been grown already at a nursery. Aside from not having to start from scratch, it’s also a good way to catch up with the neighbors in case they have been keeping a garden for sometime now. Petunias, geraniums, marigolds, impatiens, begonias, pansies, and salvia are popular plant varieties.
Visit www.backyardgardener.com/annual/index.html, to learn which annuals can endure cold weather and heat, which ones grow in poor soil, which ones have a short bloom season, and which can be sown in the fall and those which suit your soil type.
Some people love to grow a perennial garden. It’s when your plants bloom every year without you having to plant new ones. If you wish to learn more about this kind of gardening, check here: www.backyardgardener.com/pren/index.html.
You’ll find out about perennials for edging, for backgrounds, for semi-shade gardens, hardy environments, old fashioned gardens and for long blooming seasons. Some of the most popular perennials are irises, violets, daises, peonies, columbine, daffodils, crocuses, chrysanthemums, and black-eyed Susan.
Soil preparation is also a very important part of successfully growing a garden. The soil is the plant’s main source of nutrition. With a poor soil composition, your flowers will not grow as well or possibly at all. Every plant has a unique soil requirement. For example, marigolds, calliopsis, and verbenas can tolerate acidic soils, while nasturtiums, zinnias, and impatiens thrive better in a more neutral, alkaline soil. With any type of soil though, it is important to ensure that it drains well to avoid your plants from staying too wet too often.
You also have to remember that creating a garden involves growing the right plants in the right amount of sunlight. There are shade flowers, sun flowers, and partial sun/shade flowers. A shade garden may be filled with violets, begonias, bleeding hearts, hellebore, hostas, impatiens, columbine and torenias. On the other hand, flowers like dahlias, geraniums, threadleaf coreopsis, petunias, cosmos, zinnias, and daylilies love the sun. Part-sun or part-shade flowers include lobelia, sapphire flowers, creeping zinnias, browallia, pansies, coleus or floss flowers.
By having this basic knowledge of gardening, you will be able to arrange all sorts of flowers in great arrangements in your garden, feel a sense of accomplishment and enjoy their beauty.