Let’s grow together! Annual Flower Gardens | New
Every once in a while I’ll drive through neighborhoods to look at some landscaping ideas and always stumble upon a beautiful flower garden or two. Have you ever wondered what you need to do to get one like this? If you want a low-maintenance flower garden, your most important work will be done with pencil, paper, and reference materials.
Planning your flower garden is highly recommended for many reasons. What do you need to know to make a beautiful flower garden year after year? Consider planting a flower garden full of annual flowers.
What are annual flowers? Annuals bloom during one season and should be replaced the following season. Don’t rule them out because annuals are rather short lived! They are great for container gardens. There are tender, semi-hardy, and hardy annuals to consider.
Tender annuals, impatiens, geraniums, zinnia, verbena, and coleus, thrive in warm soil and warm air temperatures. They should only be planted when temperatures reach and stay above 55 ° F. They can be severely damaged or die if exposed to frost or temperatures below 32 ° F.
Semi-hardy annuals, petunias, marigold, cosmos, lobelia, and gazania should be planted after all risk of frost and frost has passed, but they do not require the soil to be fully warmed up. While they can endure a few nights when temperatures drop to 35-45 ° F, you’ll want to wait until the evenings are always warmer.
Hardy annuals, pansy, snapdragon, alyssum, dianthus, and viola can withstand a light frost, but not sustained freezing temperatures or drastic drops in temperature. Plus, hardy annuals are better suited for planting in the ground than in containers. This is because soil to soil can better insulate plant roots.
Do you have a sunny or shady place? You can find plants that will thrive in both, but make sure that a single large, sun-loving plant won’t grow to shade a smaller one. Consider forming a frame with tall plantings or a backdrop for progressively shorter plants, ending with low-edged plants that rise a few inches above the lawn. Also consider spreading out mature plants.
How will the colors complement each other when in bloom? Yellow, orange and red are “warm” colors that bring energy and excitement to a plantation. When planted from a distance, they are eye-catching. Purple, purple, and blue tend to be calming and calming. They can get lost from a distance and therefore are best for a close up view.
Formal gardens have geometric shapes and square, sharp edges. Their design is symmetrical. The informal gardens celebrate the soft, wide curves and arches that flow from view to view. Pointed spikes, soft globes and all the other shapes that foliage and flowers take can be mixed together to create some drama.
Don’t be skinny on the plantations. Massive plantings not only add drama, they crowd out weeds. Use mulch or large pieces of bark to cover the soil that you leave bare for expansion. For inspiration, buy a book rich in color pictures of gardens and study the ones you like. Rip images from home and garden magazines. You will soon find that there is a model for those you love.
For information, get garden catalogs by mail order. You can make your plan and place your order at the same time. Your local garden center is also a source of expert information on plants that work well in your area.
With solid planning, your garden will be more attractive and less labor intensive each year.