Flower gardens work as spectacular additions of color to your lawn. They can be as high maintenance or as low maintenance as you desire, depending on the flowers that you plant. Flower gardens can be used for informal landscaping around the house or fence. They can also be used to create a butterfly sanctuary in the backyard.
Wildflower gardens require very little care because the flowers should be allowed to grow naturally. Wildflowers are described as being hardy, as well as self-producing. Most wildflowers do well in soil conditions that are not desirable for other flowers. Wildflower gardens are started by seeds, so it is best to till the soil at least 3 inches deep and remove the weeds prior to planting. Wildflower seeds are sold in packets, which will be labeled with the size of area that its contents will cover.
While butterflies are often seen fluttering around flower gardens, there are particular nectar-producing flowers that attract butterflies. Flowers such as daisies, asters, verbena and marigolds are just a few favorites of butterflies. Flowers such as the snapdragon and sunflower specifically attract the butterfly larvae. A butterfly bush is a fragrant perennial bush that forms clusters of tiny flowers. It grows in any soil condition and gets as tall as 15 feet.
Perennials are flowers that return year after year, increasing in amount each time. When designing a perennial flower garden, you should consider the blooming season of each flower in an effort to achieve a continuously blooming garden. Flowers such as tulips, crocus and daffodils bloom in the early spring. Daisies and delphiniums bloom in the late spring and last until mid-summer. By mid-summer, the hollyhocks and black-eyed Susans begin to bloom. Mums are in bloom in the fall.