Steps to Growing Flowers in Your Garden


Flowers attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies to your property and provide vibrant colors and sweet scents to your landscape. Intersperse perennials and annual flowers in your garden to enjoy blooms throughout the season. If you prepare the planting area the right way, flowers in your garden can offer years of fragrant, colorful blooms.

Step 1

Select the area of your garden for growing flowers that has good drainage and full to partial sun. Select the types of flowers to grow based on the available light in your garden.

Step 2

Excavate the area of ground designated for growing flowers. Remove grass, rocks, weeds, roots and other obstructions.

Step 3

Turn between 6 to 8 inches of the topsoil within the excavated area. Break up dirt clumps; the soil in the flower garden should be loose.

Step 4

Determine the acid/alkaline levels of the flower garden soil by testing the pH with a soil test kit. Different species of flowers prefer different soil pH levels. Adding lime will increase the alkaline levels and adding sulfur will increase the acid levels.

Step 5

Spread compost over the loose soil for added nutrition. Rake the compost into the existing soil. Wait two weeks before planting the flowers to give the compost time to assimilate with the soil.

Step 6

Arrange nursery plants on the soil surface to determine layout. Follow the spacing instructions for each of the flowers.

Step 7

Dig appropriate sized holes in the soil for the plantings. Follow planting instructions specific to each flower you are growing.

Step 8

Spread a 3-inch layer of organic mulch around the plantings. Mulch helps retain moisture and discourages weed growth. Water the newly planted flower garden immediately after planting.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Hoe
  • Trowel
  • Soil test kit
  • Lime/sulfur
  • Compost
  • Organic mulch


  • Gardening Know How: How to Start Your Flower Garden
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About this Author

Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.