Looking for ways on how get started with flower gardening? Gardening is a perfect diversion to keep you occupied and active. No matter how big or little your space is, creating a flower garden is a simple task if you think creatively. As a beginner, you'll have to consider many basic things which can affect the success or failure of your work. You'll go through many trial and error to achieve the ultimate result. This beginner's comprehensive guide to flower gardening will guide you to skip error possibilities and mistakes.
Flower Gardening: A Beginner’s Comprehensive Guide
— This post is courtesy of Garden Season shared with permission —
Truth be told, I’m no flower gardening expert. But when it comes to flower gardening for beginners, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to get you started. It comes from starting a flower garden myself a few years back.
Taking some much-needed ideas from other green thumbs helped me too. With a few hits and misses, some troubles and pleasures, I got it going for some time now.
But you won’t have to go through all those troubles since I’ve got this simple flower gardening for beginners tips to get you going and growing. Read on to learn more.
I must admit, it wasn’t that all easy starting out a flower garden. But, with a little patience, I now enjoy my own flower garden. Looking at all those beautiful flowers with vibrant colors is kind of relaxing. It’s not too late to start your dream flower garden. As a matter of fact, your timing couldn’t be any perfect. Because I’ll be sharing tips, tricks, and guides on flower gardening for beginners.
Flower Gardening 101
Flowers can enliven even the dullest of places. Most of the gorgeous places in the world have flowers too.
But flower gardening isn’t all dig a hole, then drop seeds, and wait for them to grow. If you truly want a flower garden worth admiring, read on as I share these great ideas.
Imagine Your Flower Garden
Think about how you would want your flower garden to be. Do you want a flower garden for your sanctuary? Do you want it to be your source of stunning flowers for flower arrangements? Or do you want a flower garden for a beautiful front yard display?
Knowing what you want will help you avoid some flower gardening troubles.
Survey Your Garden Location
Check the contours of your garden landscape, and the size of the area. Are there tall trees, or is it an open expanse? Is it dry and arid, or wet and moist?
Knowing your environment will help ease flower gardening when you know what plants grow best in your area. Then you can find more about them as you do our next step.
It Pays To Research
If you’re here, then you’re on the right track. It pays to get ideas and tips from green thumbs. Knowing what things to steer clear of will help you get away with some flower gardening mistakes. And most of all, you’ll get a head start in growing your own flower garden.
Tools And Equipment Needed
You won’t need fancy gardening tools just yet to start a flower garden. Simple gardening tools like fork and trowel will do, plus a good sun hat to protect your face from sun’s heat. A good gardening cart could be handy too when transferring your potted plants.
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Flowering Plant Selection
1. Perennial Flowers
These are flowers that stay dormant in winter and then grow back in spring. Perennial flowers might be the best choice in flower gardening for beginners. Shasta Daisy, roses, flowering bulbs like gladiolus and tulips are just some of the best perennial flowers I can recommend.
2. Annual Flowers
If you want flowers for a stunning bloom in the summer, then annual flowers are your go-to-flowers. Their flashy blooms won’t disappoint a flower gardening beginner like you. Cosmos, Marigolds, and Zinnias are some of my favorite annual flowers. In fact, I have these in my flower garden.
3. Bedding Plants
These are fast growing flowering plants temporarily planted for display. They can give off lovely blooms that’ll last for a long period of time.
So if you want a head-turning front yard flower garden, then invest on these plants for a season! Your flower garden will definitely be the talk of the town.
4. Climbing Flower Plants
When you’ve got a limited space for flower gardening, don’t despair. Climbing plants are here to the rescue! Transform bare walls with gorgeous climbing plants like Clematis, Ipomoea, and even Roses. You’ll be able to maximize that limited flower garden space of yours plus you’ll put life to the dull and boring bare walls.
5. Native Flower Plants
Nothing could be easier in flower gardening than growing flower plants native in your area. Grow anemone and merry bells in the Northeast, lewisia, and columbine in the Northwest, and jasmine and gardenia in the Southeast. While the red yucca and yellow bells grow best in the desert areas of the Southwest, you’ll grow hibiscus and lantana easily in the tropical areas of the South.
6. Rose Gardens
Growing roses may be intimidating, but they’re so gorgeous, they’re well worth your effort. These stunning rose varieties without thorns might give you inspiration. Learn how to identify rose varieties here too.
Remember, pruning is the key to growing great roses.
7. Pond Flower Plants
Got a wet and marshy landscape? Then you can start growing a flower garden with flowering pond plants. Lotuses and Lilies are the most common pond flower plants but Water Poppies and Water Cannas are my favorites.
If you just prefer flower gardening with pond plants, then these pond plant ideas can help you.
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Get more great flower gardening ideas in this video from Sugarcreek Gardens:
Flower gardening isn’t only for the green thumb. It’s never too late for a late bloomer like you to plant your very own flower garden now. With this flower gardening for beginners basic guide, growing your dream garden will soon be underway!
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If you love flowers and literally want a hundred more ideas, then check out these 151 Types of Flowers Common In The U.S. & Their Characteristics!
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