How to Grow Flowering Plants

Overview

Flowering plants can enhance any landscape. They add color and attract pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies that can be beneficial to other plants in your yard. Flowering plants also can be planted as companion plants in a vegetable garden.

Step 1

Till your flower beds. Use a spade or hoe to turn the soil in your flower beds. Use rake to break up big clumps.

Step 2

Add fertilizer or compost. Spread a thin layer of commercial fertilizer or organic compost over flower beds or planting areas. Use a rake to work the fertilizer into the soil. If the soil feels dry, water the planting area.

Step 3

Plant seeds or flowering plants in the prepared beds. Follow the instructions on seed packets. Annuals can be planted by seed directly into the ground. For variety, many gardeners also plant a few small plants, which can be purchased in a garden center or started indoors in peat pots from your own seeds. Leave enough space between plants for mature plants to grow. Two to three inches for smaller plants such as marigolds and impatiens, and four to six inches for larger plants such as dahlias or daisies is plenty of space. Water thoroughly after planting.

Step 4

Maintain flower beds. Newly planted seeds and seedlings require daily watering. After seeds have sprouted, mulch flower beds for weed control. Gardening expert, Barbara Pleasant, suggests using two inches of mulch on flower beds.

Tips and Warnings

  • Make a garden plan and have a shopping list before you go buy seeds or plants. It's easy to overspend if you don't have a plan for your garden.

Things You'll Need

  • Flower seeds
  • Flower plants
  • Compost or fertilizer
  • Rake
  • Hoe
  • Spade
  • Water hose
  • Sprinkler

References

  • Mulching
  • "Flowers and Flower Gardens"; David Lester Richardson; 2010

Who Can Help

  • Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar
Keywords: flowering plants, flowers, annuals and perennials

About this Author

Carmel Perez Snyder is a freelance writer living in Florida. She attended the University of Missouri and has been a journalist for more than 12 years. Her work has appeared in the AARP Bulletin, the Oklahoma Gazette, the Amarillo Globe-News, and eHow.