Flower gardens are as varied as the gardeners who tend them. Some gardeners use flower gardens as a means to brighten the front of the house, while others grow flowering plants to attract birds. Still other gardeners seek out any flowering plant available and tucks it haphazardly into each available space, just for the joy of growing flowers.
Placement of the flower garden will be a factor when choosing the types of flowering plants that will thrive. Shade plants won't do well in an open area that is exposed to intense sunlight most of the day. Sun-loving flowers won't thrive when planted under a tree.
While soil can be amended with organic matter and trellises can be erected to help protect from the wind, average temperatures can't be controlled for flowering plants in an outdoor environment. When choosing plants, make sure they correspond with the USDA hardiness zone designation of your area.
Flowering plant gardens can grow almost anywhere. A large backyard offers great choices on places to plant the flower garden, but even apartments without access to ground space can enjoy flowering plants.
An attractive assortment of containers filled with flowering plants can make a relaxing garden space on a patio or even a balcony. Fences, walls and shelves can be utilized to grow a vertical flower garden. Window boxes and hanging baskets can be filled with flowering plants to satisfy most gardeners' needs.
Flowering plants can change the atmosphere of an area. Large or small gardens can add a formal or informal impression to the home and yard. Plan a flower garden that fits well with personal taste and home design.
Well-defined borders with sculpted shapes of the flowering add to a formal affect. Curved drifts of flowers of various sizes will lend an informal air. Native wildflowers are good choices for informal gardens. Besides giving the area a natural look, the native plants have adapted to local conditions and will need little human interference to thrive.
A combination of annual flowers, perennials and bulbs allows a gardener to plan a continuous succession of blooms to fit with any plan. Use spring bulbs for early blossoms that will peek through the snow and daffodils and tulips that will add brightness until the ground is warm enough to plant the annuals. Annual flowers will immediately fill the garden with color until the later blooming perennials appear.