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Spring is getting near and it may be a good time for those of us who love flowers to think about a flower garden. The longing to plant things seems a natural thing to do after going through winter. Flower gardens are a delightful thing to have with the coming warm weather.

You can greatly enjoy giving yourself a project for a flower garden. A lot of planning goes into it, but it is an enjoyable, peaceful kind of task.

You can start your project with drawing a diagram of the area where you want the flower garden to be. Make it as detailed as you can. Decide where the shady spots are, and which areas are splashed in full sun. This will help you when it comes to planting. There are plants for both shade and sun.

You will want a garden with a variety of colors. Consider that orange, gold and yellow flowers will brighten an area and that the pink, blue, red and purple colors will give a softer look.

Another good strategy of planning is to know when particular flowers bloom. Planning your flower garden with this knowledge in mind will keep your garden in a wave of blooms throughout the entire summer.

If you get your garden going soon enough, there are multiple choices of spring flowers to get started with. Choose from these spring flowers:

  • Amaryllis
  • Tulip
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Texas Bluebells
  • Lilacs
  • Cherry blossom
  • Peony
  • Zinnia

The Texas Bluebells have huge blooms and start blooming in the spring. A beautiful flower, the Bluebell can stand up to the summer heat as well. It looks good in a vase.

Lily of the Valley has fragrant, bell-shaped flowers. It looks delicate but is actually quite hardy and it keeps coming back year after year because it is a perennial. You can plant Lily of the Valley in the shaded areas of your garden. One warning, though: all parts of it are poisonous to humans.

To ensure that you have a wave of summer blooms choose from the following:

  • Chrysanthemum
  • Baby’s Breath
  • Ginger
  • Foxglove
  • Heather
  • Iris
  • Cosmos
  • Roses of all kinds

Cosmos are a good choice for all flower gardens. They are not picky about the soil they grow in and their bright, splashy colors are very attractive. Cosmos bloom throughout the summer.

Roses are the favorite of many gardeners. They come in a variety of colors. They need about six hours of sun each day. “Roses love water but they don’t like to get their feet wet,” is the saying of experienced rose gardeners.

If you want to make sure your flower garden has a splash of blue in it, choose from these blue flowers:

  • Forget-me-nots
  • Japanese Iris
  • Larkspur
  • Violet

Now it’s time to plant. Follow these three tips to give your plants a good start:

  1. Dig your hole. It should be about twice the size of the pot.
  2. Water the plant while it’s still in the pot.
  3. Carefully dump out the contents of the pot and gently loosen the matted roots with your fingers or a pencil. You do this so the roots can spread out in the ground once the flower is planted.

Don’t Forget Container Gardening

Container gardening has many advantages. It’s great for small spaces. A wide variety of containers can be found at a garden store. Unusual containers can be found and even made. An old drawer can make an attractive container for plants.

Containers can be used on porches, decks and patios. They can also be placed in the garden. Clay pots are popular, but remember that plastic pots retain moisture better.

When choosing a container made sure the pot is not too small. The summer heat will dry up the water inside a pot that is too small.

A Word About Fertilizer

Some gardeners do not fertilize at the time of planting, choosing instead to wait until the plant grows a bit. However, if you want to fertilize upon putting the plant in the soil, make sure it is a natural fertilizer, one with phosphorous and nitrogen. The ratio needs to be 2-1. Do not use a synthetic fertilizer at this time or it could do harm.

With these tips in mind you should have a beautiful flower garden to last you through the summer.

Street Talk

Thanks, Shawn. This is always a nice project to have once winter has passed.

  about 8 years ago

very nicely done. I can almost smell the flowers!

  about 8 years ago
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