There's nothing more satisfying than getting freshly cut flowers from your home garden. Flowers add beauty and visual appeal to your outdoor and indoor spaces. However, growing them can be a little intimidating, especially if it's your first time creating a home garden. There are numerous varieties of flowers, and choosing which ones to buy can be overwhelming.
However, this doesn't have to be the case. With the following tips, you can grow a flourishing garden and have an endless supply of home-grown flowers for your vases.
1. Choose Your Flower Combinations
The most essential step is to find the perfect flowers for your yard. There are three types of flower plants based on the seasons they grow. These are annual, biennial and perennial plants. Annual flowers grow for just one season, and most bloom all year long. They are ideal for gardeners who wish to get creative and change up their garden every year. Examples include marigold, sunflower, begonia, strawflower, milkweed, cosmos and pansies.
Most annual flowers seed themselves to produce plants year after year. Biennial flowers grow for two years. However, they only bloom in the second year. Examples include Black-Eyed Susan, poppy, foxglove and wallflower. Lastly, perennial flowers grow year after year and have a lifespan of around three years. Examples include hibiscus, hydrangea, lavender, tulips, iris and butterfly bush.
You can choose flower combinations comprising annual, biennial, and perennial plants to ensure a constant supply of fresh flowers in your home. Also, pay attention to the colours to ensure you choose varieties whose colours complement each other.
2. Determine Garden Size and Design
The right garden design can enhance the visual appeal of your flowers. The style will determine the size and shape of the garden. You can have a ring garden with an eye-catching focal plant or a rectangular one with a variety of colours. You can also plant in pots on your balcony or mix-and-match with no specific design in mind.
Garden design is all about personal preference. You can look around online for inspiration. However, note that if you are a beginner gardener, you may want to go with a small flower garden and expand with time. This way, you will learn on the go and avoid feeling overwhelmed by a large garden.
3. Prepare the Garden
Getting the right flowers is only the first step. You have to prepare the garden if you want your plants to grow and bloom. Start by getting the right soil for your flower plants. You can buy potting mix or make your own using compost, perlite and garden soil. Once you plant the flower plants, you have to mulch and water them regularly to speed up blooming and prevent them from dying.
Planting a flower garden can be intimidating for beginners. If you're stuck, talk to an experienced florist for tips on how to choose the best beginner-friendly flower plants and keep them alive throughout the season.