Having flowers blooming all season in your yard is something to look forward to every morning. The work involved in growing beautiful flowers is well worth the effort as you enjoy them in their natural environment or in a vase on your table. Grow your own flowers, don't buy them. You'll be rewarded every day.
Plant your flower seedlings as soon as all danger of frost has passed. Prepare the garden space by digging a hole at least 3 inches deep and wide. Add composted manure to the hole and mix with the soil. Place a seedling in the hole and pat the soil down to make sure the root has good contact with the soil.
Water the seedlings deeply. It is much better for the plant to be watered infrequently and deeply than lightly every day. If the water goes into the ground deeply, it prevents the roots from reaching upward to get water.
Mulch around the plants to prevent weeds from growing, prevent the soil from drying out and to keep moisture levels even.
Pull each and every weed as soon as you spot it. Weeds take vital nutrients from the ground, nutrients that won't reach your flower.
Trim off ungainly branches to keep the plant compact. Deadhead (take off dead flowers) often. Be fearless in cutting plants back, since it often spurs them to blossom again.
Keep plants growing strong by giving them a dose of bloom-boosting fertilizer in July, since they will have used up the nitrogen in the potting soil by then.