Ask just about anyone who has been involved with flower gardening and they will confirm that there is indeed a constant, never-ending need for more flowers to be planted and grown in a flower garden. The number of plants you need to start with is as vast as the variety of flowers you can grow. You need the space, you need the water, you need the fertilizer, you need the sunlight. And, most importantly of all, you need someone (or a few people) to tell you when to water, fertilize and prune your garden!
Ask those who have more than a passing interest in flower gardening however and you will find that the number of flowers is not as daunting as it first seems. Flower gardening can be surprisingly easy once you know the basics. To begin with, you must make sure that your garden is adequately provided with the basic components of a garden: the sun, the water and the soil. If any of these are lacking then you will have trouble feeding your plants and, if they are over-watered or under-watered, you will have problems with the plants’ ability to survive. Similarly, if your soil is not rich and well-drained then your flower garden will struggle to thrive. And, if your flowers fail to thrive because the soil is not adequately nourished, then you may have to replant your garden.
Another thing that needs a little bit of consideration is the actual flower types you wish to grow. Some flower gardening enthusiasts enjoy growing a wide variety of different types of flowers in their flower garden. In this case you should take some time to research the types of flowers that your local climate and geographic conditions will allow for. In areas where there are many types of tulips for example, flower-gardening enthusiasts may choose to plant a wide variety of purple, blue and yellow tulips. However, in regions with a predominantly rainforest you will need to limit your flower garden planting to only a few species of tulips.
If you have a particularly frosty or wet climate in which your garden will be located, then you may wish to water your flowers in advance of the actual flower bud emergence. Watering early can ensure that your garden does not become too dry. In addition to this, it is also a good idea to water the roots of your flowers as well as your tree’s and bush’s roots if your garden is located near shrubs and trees.
When it comes to watering your garden, there is no set amount. Every gardener is different, but generally you will need to water your garden about two to four times a week. This is because your garden is naturally more thirsty than your lawn. The idea is to make sure that you are watering your garden enough to keep your flowers alive and your shrubs healthy. However, you do not want to water your garden so much that you water your lawn excessively as well, this will only serve to stunt the life of your flowers.
It is also important to note that certain flowers require more water than others. Roses, for example, require much more water than many other types of flowers. Some perennials such as lavender require even more water than well rotted grass. Knowing the water requirements of each type of flower can help you in knowing how much water you will need to provide each week during the season.
Another question you may be asking yourself is, “Is my flower gardening keeping up with my yard? I am receiving all of the flowers I purchased at the nursery, but they are not keeping my yard green or blooming. Why don’t I put these flowers in a pot and water them from the lawn?” This is another question you should consider before you begin planting. Some flower plants cannot survive in small amounts of water while others can thrive with just a few drops. If your garden is blooming and green, but the flowers you purchase from the store do not live up to your expectations, perhaps you need to change the flowers you purchase.
The last question you may have is, “Is my flower gardening enough? How do I make my garden grow properly? Is there anything I can do to improve my garden and make it grow faster? Proper flower gardening can provide you with years of enjoyment. You will enjoy the beauty of your flowers and the relaxation you will experience when you are gardening.