How to Start a Flower Garden

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If living your best life involves lounging in a relaxing, fragrant backyard, you may want to consider creating a flower garden this year. In addition to being beautiful, flower gardens help relieve anxiety, positively influence your emotions, and increase your productivity. By making a plan, choosing the right plants, following the proper steps, and adding the right accents, you can get your garden up and going in no time. Here is how to start a flower garden:

Make a Plan

Before you break ground in your backyard, you need to make a plan. First, decide where you will place your garden. In addition to selecting a place that’s visually appealing, you should also pay attention to how much light it gets; this will determine what type of flowers are best for your garden. Also, make sure your flower bed has plenty of access to water – it may get thirsty during dry spells.

To determine the shape, size, and layout of your flower garden, it’s often best to create a sketch on paper. Map out your yard and play around with placement and shape by drawing various flower beds on the map. Curved flower beds are often more visually appealing, so keep this in mind when designing your beds.

Choose Your Plants

Always select plants that are native to your area, and be sure to select a mixture of perennials and annuals. Depending on how much work you want to do and how often you want to change up your garden, you may want to select a larger number of perennials since they don’t have to be replanted or replaced annually.

Consider the height, color, and placement when selecting your plants. Place large and tall plants in the back of your flower garden and smaller plants in the front. Also, consider how your flower beds will look in the winter. You may wish to place a few shrubs to keep your beds looking great throughout the colder months.

Do the Work

Now it’s time to get your garden up and going. If you take your time with the process, it can be relaxing rather than taxing.

  • Remove the grass by digging it up or killing it by smothering it with five layers of newspaper and 3 inches of potting soil. The latter method takes approximately four months, so you need to plan ahead if you want to choose the less labor-intensive method.
  • Till the soil and add fertilizer. Choose a fertilizer that’s ideal for the type of plants you will be placing in the beds.
  • Plant your flowers. Be sure to plant according to the flowers’ sun requirements, and leave plenty of space between plants for growth and weeding.
  • Water your plants and put down several inches of mulch. Mulch will retain moisture and help prevent weeds from growing in your beds.

Tend to your plants as they grow by removing dead stems, fertilizing, watering and weeding, as necessary.

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Add Essential Lighting

If you really want to make your plants pop, you’ll want to add essential accent lighting. Garden lighting is a great way to add appeal to your home, and it will draw the eye to your gorgeous flower beds. Outdoor lighting also allows you to enjoy your garden after the sun goes down.

LED lights are the best option for gardens because they last a long time, use the least amount of energy, and don’t run very hot. Select and place lights in a way that will make your plants stand out. Place brighter lights on key features that you want to pop, such as a statue or blooming tree. Use softer lights for foliage and bushes.

If you need help selecting or placing strategic accent lighting, call Enhanced Outdoor Lighting & Design. We would be more than happy to help you elevate your home’s curb appeal and accent your flower garden with decorative lighting.