Growing Flowers Outdoors
Want to give the outside of your home a truly one-of-a kind appearance and make a statement of your own personal taste and style? Then plant flowers to add splashes of color throughout the growing season.
Since planting and cultivating your flower beds requires patience and care…and some work…to achieve successful results, there are some basics you should know from the start.
Spend some time doing some planning and research before you begin preparing the soil for sowing seeds. A key part of the planning phase is the selection of the right plants and flowers for your gardening beds. Some factors need to be kept in mind when choosing the types of flowers you plan to grow.
There are three classifications of flowers. Annuals grow from seeds, bloom the current year, then die. Perennials establish from seeds the first year but won’t produce flowers until the following year, however they will re-grow and bloom for years to come. Biennials grow as small plants in the first year they are planted, bloom in the second year and then die.
Four major factors need to be considered when planting flowers outdoors. You’ll need to determine that the light, moisture, temperature, and soil/fertilizer are at the proper levels for your flowering plants.
Sun light – The location of your planting beds generally dictates the type of flowers that you can grow.
Moisture – The amount of water a flower garden needs depends on the amount of sun it receives and the flowers you’ve chosen. Some flower varieties require more water than the others to keep their blossoms blooming and their foliage fresh and green.
Temperature – Temperature affects flowers so location is important. Follow seed guides and recommendations for your locale to learn when to start planting. Plant hardiest varieties first.
Soil & Fertilizer – If you don’t know what type of soil you have, take a sample to your garden center or nursery for analysis or purchase your own test kit. You can choose the proper fertilizer for your flower beds once you know if it is acidic, sandy, or clay-based.
Knowing the basics of growing flowers can get you off to the right start and ensure success when adding those unique splashes of color and greenery to the outdoor landscape of your home.
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