Flower gardening is a task that requires an eye for details. A garden full of colorful flowers will uplift your mood and your spirit. Beginner gardeners tend to worry a lot about the outcome of their floral garden. But as long as you are focused on each step and do it with utmost care and attention, you will definitely get a blooming and radiant flower garden.
Here are certain basic guidelines for beginners to start with flower gardening.
- Firstly select an apt location for your flower garden. A spot which gets 6 to 8 hours of sunlight daily is idea for floral plants. Try to find a spot where light is not obscured by buildings or taller trees.
- Once you finalize the location, decide on the size of your backyard flower garden, whether you want to use just a portion of your yard, or the entire area.
- Divide the garden are in to garden beds. It is preferable that you build raised garden beds as they avoid water logging and drainage problems.
- Raised bed gardening is a form of gardening in which the soil is formed in 3–4 foot (1.0–1.2 m) wide beds, which can be of any length or shape. The soil is raised above the surrounding soil (6 inches to waist high). You can enclose the garden bed in wooden frame or concrete blocks and add compost to the soil.
You might be excited about starting with flower gardening and growing all the possible flowers in your backyard, but remember you need to do a little research and find out which flowers grow the best in your locality. Note when the different flowers bloom and also how much time you have to care for a flower garden. Look for flowers in magazines, and flower catalogues. After completing your research, select the floral plants you wish to grow in the garden. Then get plant cuttings or seedlings from a nearby nursery. You can grow a combination of short and tall flowers. Tall plants can include sunflowers, delphiniums, foxglove and gladiolas, while short ones can include pansies, marigold, violets and zinnias. To add more greenery to limited space, you can incorporate trellises at the back of your flower garden. Gaining support on trellises, plants will grow upwards on them and freeing ground space.
Floral plants are susceptible of pest and insect attack. The most common pests of foliage and flowering plants are spider mites, mealy bugs, fungus gnats, whitefly and aphids. Use of Neem oil spray and garlic powder dust is advised to get rid of pests. Also, isolation for the infested plant to prevent the pest from moving to other plants generally eliminates the problem.
So this season, take a step ahead towards getting your own colorful, fresh and blooming flower garden! Want to know more about gardening techniques? Contact us for expert help!