Great Ideas for Flower Gardening

The secret underlying a beautifully blossoming flower garden is to have a good feel for plants and trees. A thorough knowledge of which flowering plants you want to have, the right time for sowing the seeds and the proper location for making the garden – these three factors working in co-ordination will give you the Garden of Eden right in front of your house. If you are a novice, it is best to start with a small garden and then expand with more skills learned on the job.

Here are a few things you should keep in mind when you start off making your garden. You can begin with 20 to 30 plants and choose mainly annuals and few perennials. A thorough foreknowledge will tell you the amount of sunlight your plants will need and also decide the right site with fertile soil. You can get yourself a soil testing kit. Don’t plant trees close to each other since they compete for ground water.

Following are the four easy methods to make your flower garden blossom to the hilt:

  • The necessary pre-conditions must always be given priority.
  • Like any gardening undertaking, a flower garden must have sufficient, if not surplus, supply of rich soil, light and water. Shortage or lack of any one of these essentials is akin to preparing the death bed for your garden. Water and take more care of your flower garden during dry weather. Additionally, set the flower bulbs deep into the soil to allow enough room for roots to develop and spread as much as they can.
  • Mix and match perennials and annuals.
  • Perennial flower bulbs don’t need replanting because they bloom for years at a stretch while annuals, on the other hand, bloom to its beautiful best for only one season. The combination of perennials with annuals is a good idea for a garden because the entire year will have flowers ready to smile at you.
  • Deadhead for more blossoms.
  • Deadheading is a method used to clip off the flower after it withers and droops. This promotes plant growth and enhances flowering. Remember to throw the deadhead outside the garden so that other plants are not affected by mold and other plant diseases.
  • Differentiate the beneficial bugs from the harmful ones.
  • It is a misconception that all garden bugs are harmful. The truth is just the opposite. They do more good than harm. Butterflies, beetles and bees are typical examples. They are legendary pollinating agents. They are however unaware of their fascinating ability. They fly form one plant to the other to feed them nectar. In the process, they transfer pollen unknowingly and help in reproduction of plants. And 75% of flowering plants are dependent on them for survival. This also explains the brilliant colors that flowers exhibit. It is not to impress man if you were of that opinion. The main function is to invite (rather seduce) more bugs.

Sow bugs and dung beetles along with microorganisms like bacteria and fungi make the soil more fertile and therefore beneficial to plants. Let me explain how. These bugs and microorganisms feed on dead matter and break them down into simpler molecules that in turn feed the soil with nutrients necessary to improve the quality of soil. These insects are therefore known as decomposers.

Hopefully this information will stop you from chasing away insects whenever your eyes rest on them.

This preliminary information will make your flower garden a success and provide a breath-taking view when it is bloom-time. Let your imagination run wild when it comes to making your garden and translate it into a piece of art.