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Planning a Flower Garden - Things to Consider Before You Plant

Carol Stack
 


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One of the first things to consider in creating a flower garden is the style of flower garden that you would like. Another thing to consider is where it is going to be placed, and what type of soil the flowers will need.

What kind of flower beds do you want? Are you going to have color all year, or just at certain times of the year? These questions need to be answered before the first plant is placed in the ground.

If you decide to go for a small flower garden, then using pencil and paper to create your design is fine. In the design stage you will factor in such items as concrete or mulch for walkways, brick for walls, seating, water features or lighting or any other accessories you might want to add to your new garden.

Considering Water, Light and Soil

With any gardening undertaking, a flower garden must have its sufficient supply of water, light, and rich soil. To begin your garden, select a sunny area, as flowers usually requires 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day.

Are you going to water by hand or does your yard have automatic sprinklers. If you are going to water by hand, is the flower garden easily accessible to a water supply?

Planning for Color Year Round

In order to have constant color available, consider when each flower blooms. Other things to consider include the question of whether the garden and house complement each other.

If you want flowers blooming throughout the year then you will need to investigate what plants produce flowers in different seasons. Then you will need to plan where you are going to scatter these various flowers throughout the garden so each area continually has color.

Preparing the Soil

A flower garden, just like any garden you wish to plant, requires good quality soil that will meet the needs of the plants you put in it. If your soil is rather poor and lacks proper nutrients, there are many available fertilizers and plant food available that you can add to the soil.

Planting the Flowers

You are now at the stage where you have designed your new flower garden, installed your hardscaping, prepared the ground, amended the soil and purchased your plants and seeds. Since you already planned out the location where you want to put each flower, all you have to do is follow your plans. By planning in advance where you want to put each kind of flower, you have tremendously simplified this last job.

Enjoying the Results

Planning carefully and planting ahead of time, you will have the garden filled with an array of flowers and color for all of the year round.

Carol Stack has always enjoyed gardening . She lives with her husband, children, dogs and cats in the United States. They have a large yard tha they are continually trying to keep looking good. Carol's web site, http://www.howtogarden.info covers lawn care, organic gardening, landscaping and more.

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