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What You Need To Know This Before Planting Your Flower Garden

by Susan Hemmerly 10/08/2018

Add beauty and serenity to your new home be designing a flower garden. Creating a flower garden doesn’t have to be a huge time-consuming chore if you don’t want it to be. In fact, with the right plant selections, it can be fairly low-maintenance year round.

Here’s what you need to know about designing a flower garden:

Start by taking note of where you would like to place your flower beds. You’ll want to have a good idea of how much sunlight and shade this area receives as well as the soil quality.

It’s good to know how quickly the soil dries out or how much it retains moisture to best understand which plants will thrive here and which might need extra care.

If you’re looking for a low maintenance garden you’ll want to pick plants that will naturally thrive in these conditions with needing you to fuss over them very much.

Start your garden small, especially if this is your first, as you can always expand later but it will be more difficult to shrink down. You’ll also want to keep the types of plants you have in mind when planning size.

Plan based on the sizing of a mature plant and not the size you initially take it home as. This will prevent overcrowding which will keep all of your plants happy and look best visually.

Trace out the shape of your garden and test how easy it is to maintain the lawn around it. This way you will know exactly what to expect when doing law maintenance and can avoid any particular tricky corners or shapes to navigate.   

When planning placement of your flowers arrange plants by height with the tallest blooms in the back and shortest up front. This ensures that every flower will have equal access to sunlight without taller plants overshadowing those below them.  

You will also want to plan the depth of your flower beds so that you can access even the furthest reaches with ease. Don’t create hard to reach spots that make it easy for weeds or pests to take root and flourish just out of your reach.

Visually it is best to plant at least three plants of a kind. Whether you cluster them together or spread them out is up to you. As you plot out the expanse of your garden carries colors of flowers through all of your beds for a cohesive look across your yard.

It’s best to plan to add more than just flowering greenery. Shrubbery, ornamental grass and foliage add texture and interest year round. It keeps your garden looking full during periods without blooms and allows said blooms to really pop when they are in season.

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