How to Plant a Flower Garden for Beauty and Function

Many lower gardens and planted solely for their beauty while others may have a more functional purpose. So, when you decide you want a flower garden, you should put a lot of thought into where your garden will be. Much of this will depend on the space that you have available. If you live in a tiny apartment, you may have to have an “indoor” garden or a hanging basket or two on your balcony. Container gardens are also good if you have limited space. Even a small herb garden may satisfy your green thumb. If you are lucky enough to have an outside area that is large enough, you will have more options.

Just as there are many types of gardens, there are many types of flower gardens. This should be taken into account when you are planning yours. And, it should start with a plan. If you just grab some plants and start planting willy nilly, you might just end up with a mess.

First, take a good look at the space you have available. Draw a quick plan of that space, including your house, outbuildings, water sources, shrubs and trees, and non-dig areas, such as underground cables. Draw your plan as close to scale as possible so that you don’t run into any nasty suprises such as purchasing too many plants to fit in your available area. Draw trees as circles, drawing larger circles for larger trees and vice versa.

Now, think about what you want out of your garden? Is it going to be a place for relaxation? Then, provide a sitting area or even a hammock for napping. Do you want a water feature? Draw these items where you think they should go in your garden plan. If you have a large outdoor space, you may want to divide it into areas. Public areas for barbecues and family get togethers and more private areas for your own special place.

How much time will you spend in your garden? Some plants and flowers require a lot more maintenance to keep them healthy and looking beautiful. If you will be short on time, choose hardier plants that will take less time to tend. Bulbs and perennials may require more maintenance because they need to be divided from year to year. Of course, some may grow season after season without much work on your part. A large part of gardening is watching how plants grow in your specific area of the country.

You may just want to plant a border of flowers at the front of your house or along side a walkway and/or driveway. If you have a lot more time, you might want a larger area filled with blooms.

When planning your garden, think about when each time of flower will bloom. There are spring bulbs, annuals, perennials and bulbs and flowers that bloom in the fall. If you plan it right, you can have something blooming all three (or four in some areas) seasons of the year.

As with any other endeavor, the better you plan, the more successful you’ll be. Just planning a garden “in your head” is better than having no plan at all. Once you have your plan thought out, start planting and enjoy the gorgeous flowers that your hard work has produced.

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