How to Grow Flower Gardens

Overview

Enhance the appearance and appeal of your home with a flower garden. Don't worry if you lack ample outdoor garden space--grow a flower garden in an area as small as 50 square feet. Let your creativity flow when designing a flower garden, and allow children get involved in the process of planting and growing as well. Flowers transform an otherwise bland terrain to make it vibrant, inviting, colorful and alive, and with a little planning and creativity, you will be surprised at what wonders it could do for your front or back yard.

Step 1

Demarcate the selected area with a thin layer of powdered chalk. Step outside every two to three hours to determine how much sunlight the particular area gets. Also test the pH of the soil in different areas of the area so you select flower varieties accordingly.

Step 2

Map the flower garden on graph paper according to the space available. If you have a large area, design flower beds keeping the amounts of sunlight a particular spot receives in mind, paths between rows of flowers and a spot for a bench or a couple of garden chairs. For a small area include the placement and arrangement of different flowers.

Step 3

Research the types of flowers native to your area so you can make a selection. Keep the soil composition and sunlight exposure in mind. Also decide whether you want to start with seeds or seedlings.

Step 4

Edge the flower garden to separate it from the existing lawn and give it a manicured look. Dig a trench in the ground as wide as the edging material but 1/2 inch shorter in height. Lower sections of edging into the trench and back fill with soil to hold in place.

Step 5

Prepare the soil three to five days before planting the seeds or seedlings. Wear gloves and remove weeds, rocks and plant debris, along with an inch of topsoil from the site. Add equal amounts of well-rotted animal manure and compost over the existing soil and rake to ensure they go deep down. Water the area lightly with a garden hose.

Step 6

Plant the flower garden. Refer to the detailed diagram for appropriate placement. Group and plant flowers according to the sunlight and soil requirements, with the larger ones in the center and the smaller ones all around. Plant annuals together so they cover the area and add color until the perennials grow. Keep the size of mature flowers in mind when planting perennials.

Step 7

Water the newly planted flowers and spread an even layer of mulch over the soil. Prune, water and fertilize according to their individual needs.

Things You'll Need

  • Powdered chalk
  • Soil testing kit
  • Graph paper
  • Pencil
  • Flowers
  • Decorative edging
  • Shovel
  • Gloves
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Animal manure
  • Compost
  • Rake
  • Garden hose
  • Mulch

References

  • Flower Gardening Made Easy: Beginner Gardening Tips
  • University of Minnesota Extension: Gardening Information
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