You don’t have to be an expert in the garden to grow a beautiful and vibrant flower beds and gardens full of perennials and all types of flowering plants. Once you learn the basics of what flowers and other garden plants need to survive and thrive, from there you’ll be able to navigate the task with ease.
The most important rule of thumb to be aware of when planting a flower garden is that sunlight is paramount. Without the required amount of sunlight, your flowers will not grow to their fullest and most colorful potential. So with this in mind, be sure to select a growing plot that has full sun exposure that lasts for a minimum of 6 to 8 hours, all day, every day.
Another extremely important aspect of flower planting to consider is ensuring that they have healthy and properly balanced soil. Most garden plants tend to thrive in soil that is loose and not particularly sandy. You want enough organic material within the soil composition to allow adequate water draining, however, it’s essential that the organic matter isn’t so dense that it makes the soil sticky. The flower roots need to be able to easily push through the soil, otherwise, the plant will not bloom properly, or may not even bloom at all. You will also need to be cognizant of the pH level of your soil before you start planting, as some adjustments in soil preparation may need to be completed before growing can begin.
When planting flowers, it’s important to know what the difference is between annuals and perennials, the two most basic types of plants. Annuals are plants that complete their entire life-cycle during a single growing season. They sprout, grow leaves and roots, blossom, disperses their seeds, and then die. Perennials on the other-hand are plants that spend several years and many growing cycles to reach maturity. The root systems of perennials are usually quite large, penetrating deep into the soil. When winter comes, the roots stay alive underground, while the plant aboveground temporarily goes dormant.
Another important consideration to make when planting flowers and they being grown strictly for aesthetic value or do they have a functional purpose such as acting as groundcovers. While many flowers are grown strictly for decorative purposes, some of them can act as groundcovers in order to attract excess water from a lawn or soil plot where unpleasant mud and standing water may otherwise form. If you have a troubled spot in your garden of barren or overly moist ground, then consider using groundcovers to fix the issue.