There are few things more relaxing in the world than a peaceful flower garden. With colorful flowers, flitting butterflies, and chirping birds, a garden is a peaceful haven in an otherwise hectic world. If you have always wanted a garden of your own but didn’t know where to start, you are not alone.
Fortunately, there are a number of flower garden design ideas that work in almost any space, whether it is a container garden on a balcony or a sprawling garden in a rural back yard.
The first step in any flower garden you get going is figuring out where the garden will go. This step is simple if you don’t have many options, but for gardeners with large yards, picking the right location can mean the difference between a thriving garden and one that never takes hold.
First, check the soil in any area you are considering. You want soil that is dark and moist, as this is the most fertile type of soil. If your soil is not ideal, but you have your heart set on a particular location, you can amend the soil. Some sand is beneficial, but soil that is too sandy will have trouble holding on to moisture. To correct this, add some compost and other biodegradable material to your soil. If your soil is clay-based, you will have the opposite problem and the soil will hold on to too much moisture and can be too dense for delicate plant roots. To fix this problem, add some sand to improve drainage.
Light is another concern when it comes to location. However light requirements are more flexible as long as you choose the right plants. Monitor the location throughout the day. If your location gets at least 6 hours of full sunlight, look for plants designated as “full sun.” Partial sun or partial shade is defined as 3-6 hours of sunlight every day. The partial shade should be closer to the 3-hour mark while partial sun should be closer to 6 hours of sun. Full shade is a location that gets less than 3 hours of sun each day.
A flower cannot be enjoyed properly if you can’t see it. That is why it is important to plan your space properly. Take a close look at the adult height of the plants you want to have in your garden. To ensure every plant can be enjoyed properly, plant tall plants towards the rear of your garden, with shorter plants in front. If your garden has a path all the way around, then the tallest plants should go in the center.
Finally, if you want to ensure that your garden can be enjoyed throughout the warm months, take a look at when the plants’ flowers. If you have a mix of early spring, spring, summer, and fall-blooming plants, you will have blooms in your garden throughout the growing year.
A garden is something that everyone can enjoy. Flower garden design doesn’t have to be something that is only for professional gardeners. With a few key guidelines, anyone can have a thriving garden in their very own back yard.