Experienced garden designers create year-round color by including plants with staggered bloom times that add year-round hue. Once frost risk has passed, prepare a new flower bed by loosening and amending its soil with compost.
Search for an area with full sunlight, as most flowers thrive in this setting. Make sure it’s accessible so you can tend to your flowers without accidentally treading on any delicate blossoms.
Choose the Right Location
Step one of establishing a flower garden is finding the ideal location. Preferably, your garden should be situated in a sunny environment that receives sufficient sun throughout the day – however, make sure there’s enough of it without scorching plants too quickly!
Pay special attention to how the sun moves throughout the summer; some flowers require full sunlight while others thrive under partial shade. Check each plant’s label or website for optimal sun exposure needed for its growth and ensure its survival.
Select an area free from grass and other weeds, and ensure the soil is prepared by adding ample compost – this will promote healthy, vibrant plants. After adding this extra step to protect plants from weeds and add extra nutrients. Finish it all off with mulch as an extra measure against weeds!
Pick the Right Plants
Flower garden design requires careful thought. Select flowers that will thrive in your climate and frost zone, as well as ones suitable to the sunlight/shade conditions of the space you have selected.
Consider color when making decisions for your garden. Bright hues like pinks and reds tend to attract the eye more quickly while darker hues such as violets and purples fade more into the background, providing a soft look. Soft colors such as blue, lavenders and subdued pinks add depth.
Once you’ve selected your flowers, begin prepping the soil. A soil test is essential; its results can provide insights into what conditions are like and whether any amendments to your garden may be necessary – this is particularly important with flowers as their success depends on growing in soil that meets their requirements.
Create a Watering Routine
Once your flowers have taken root and you are enjoying the fruits of your labors, be sure to maintain their health by learning about their water needs and understanding your plants’ unique requirements. This will make maintaining your garden much simpler!
Water is essential to life (and flower gardens), yet excess moisture can lead to plant diseases and other issues. To avoid this happening, water your garden in the morning as this allows more rapid absorption by plants or leaves (Gardening Know How).
Watering early morning is best for your garden as temperatures are usually cooler; higher afternoon temperatures can increase evaporation rates, leaving flower beds dry out faster. Aim to water your garden at least an inch each week – this will keep the flowers healthy and blooming throughout their respective seasons.
Keep a Close Eye on Your Plants
As you work in your flower garden, keep a close eye on each plant. If any appear ailing or are struggling, take note and try to ascertain why; it could simply require more water or sunlight!
To ensure your garden looks its best, choose appropriate colors for its flowers. If unsure, use the color wheel as a guide; complementary (opposite on the wheel) colors pair beautifully while analogous (colors next to each other) hues also work.
Create pathways between your beds as another tip for starting a flower garden, making it easier to move between flowers without trampling over them, giving them enough room to grow without being trodden upon by nearby feet, as well as making trimming, fertilization and treatment of your blooms much simpler if necessary.