A garden is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy. When deciding your landscaping, you want a balance of green grass, tress, shrubs and of course flowers. Flowers add a sweet scent in the area and add a pop of color in an otherwise plain green environment.
Choosing and caring for flowering plants can be a little tricky. Here’s a guide how to choose flowers to complement your landscaping.
- Determine the location where you will place the flowers. Will you have a flowerbed in the backyard or will these be flowers to line the front walk of your house or in front of your window? Will the flowers be in front of a fence, or will these be an island bed where you can view the flowers from all sides? Where you place the flowers will affect the height of flowers you choose as well as what kind you place in a certain space.
- What colors do you want to see? Flowers come in different colors so check with a gardener or where you buy your flowers from what flowers will work for your garden given your preferences.
- Decide if your garden has a theme. Do you have an Asian themed garden or an English garden theme? Just make sure you choose flowers that will thrive in the given garden conditions.
- Assess the space for sunlight exposure. Most flowers need direct sunlight to blossom although there are some that do well in the shade. Read the tags on the plants before you buy and place accordingly.
- Check the type of soil in your garden. Flowers are sensitive to the acidity and alkalinity of the soil they grow in. Some flowering plants naturally thrive in certain types of soil. Lilacs and carnations thrive in alkaline soil whereas heather and rhododendrons love acidic soil. You may need to just buy the soil you need if you want a particular flower, if you won’t use the soil naturally found in your garden.
- Think about the air temperature where you live. Some flowers thrive in hot conditions such as tropical flowers like Birds of Paradise and bougainvillea, while others need a cooler climate such as tulips and roses.
- Examine what you are willing to do. How much time and effort are you willing to put into your garden? If you are a busy person with a full time job, you will want to choose flowering plants that are low maintenance. If you truly love gardening and have the time to spare, then you may go for plants that need more care. There is always the option of hiring a professional gardener to care for you plants and flowers for you if you want to enjoy the garden but have no time or inclination to care for one.
Flowers add drama, scent and color to any space. Choose the flowers that will work best in the environment you live in. With proper care, your flowering plants will add beauty to your home that you may enjoy for years to come.