What is a beautiful garden? Perhaps one with many colors and varieties of flowers and plants. When most of us think garden, we think flowers. Here are a few tips for growing beautiful garden plants to enjoy this year.
First of all, it is essential to understand some of the basics. Flowers need the energy to grow, and they get that energy from the sun. For this reason, most flowering plants need full sun for approximately 6 to 8 hours to do their best. Plants also need the right quality of soil that is well-drained but not too sandy. It should also have enough organic matter to nourish the plant. Mosses work well also.
There are two basic types of flowers. Annuals tend to complete their life cycle in one growing season and die when the season ends. The roots of perennials stay alive underground throughout the winter for several years and often for decades, depending on the species. Annuals also require more watering and fertilizer throughout the year, so more work than perennials does not need much care. It may be easier to buy flowers that have already sprouted since the seeds of some species can take months or even up to a year to bloom when they are sown directly into the soil.
No matter what kinds of flowers you select for your garden, it is essential to make sure you opt for varieties that will thrive in your climate. Ask yourself, what types of flowers grow wild in your area? Certain species of plants and flowers that thrive in your environment with no human intervention will thrive naturally for you. How hot or cold will it get, and how much rain will fall? If you live in a damp and rainy climate, you will want to opt for plants that enjoy an ample supply of water, but if you live in a dry area, choose plants that are hardy enough to tolerate arid conditions. These factors are critical when determining the types of flowers that will do well in your garden.
You may also want to add ferns to your garden. They are not difficult to grow, but you should provide an environment for them as closely related to their natural one as possible. Ferns typically grow under tall trees in moist, richly organic soil. It is best to plant them against the north side of your home, where they will not be under such intense direct sunlight but have as much shade as possible. Also, be sure to water them regularly, being careful not to flood them too much or drown them as this will turn the plants yellow. Just focus on keeping the soil moist rather than wet. Also, dividing the plants every few years will keep them healthy. Just dig up the plant and separate it into smaller sections making sure each one has a robust root system. Then, replant the more minor parts into soil enriched with mulch.
Whichever garden plants you decide to place in your garden, considering these factors will go a long way in making it a successful one. Using sunlight, soil, water, and climate to choose your varieties is crucial to consider and could mean the difference between a beautiful garden and a flower faux pas.