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Thought of flower garden?

Growing flowers apart from the fun it creates and bonding, it also creates beauty and gives fresh air to the environment. But certain tips are necessary to have a beautiful garden that can also be used as lounge at home.

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Tips for flower garden

Research Flowers

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The best flower garden design includes several types of buds, including long-living perennials, seasonal bulbs, ornamental grasses, and vines. Before you begin your flower garden design, know how different garden plant types perform in the garden, what they can offer for colour and texture, and their limitations.

Choose Your Design Style

Whether dictated by your home’s architectural style or your personal preferences, your garden’s style can also help you set parameters for size and design. Different flower garden design styles lend themselves to different types of plants.

Determine the Garden’s Shape and Size

Flowers can be arranged in beds of almost any shape and size, from expansive rectangles to petite corner beds. To get an idea of how your flower garden will fit into the rest of your landscape, use a garden hose to define the edges. Walk around the bed; see if you can access “plants” in the middle or need to include a path, and look at the proposed garden bed from every viewpoint. 

Select Flowers and supply a focal point

Consider focal points, flower sizes, year-round interest, bloom time, and color combinations. Every garden bed, no matter how big or small, needs a focal point. Focal points give the eye a place to start before moving on to the rest of the flowerbed. 

Evaluate Plant Height

You’ll also have to consider height before making plant selections. For example, if your garden is a border along the house, the tallest plants will need to go in the back but shouldn’t be so tall that they block windows or doors.

Review Bloom Times

Well-designed flower gardens put a premium on year-round interest and staggered bloom times. Evaluate both factors before selecting plants. Have plants that bud and bring flowers in different seasons.

Rely on Odd Numbers

When you’re arranging plants in your flower garden design, plant at least three (or any odd number) of the same kind of plant, either together or spaced apart. It’s a visual design trick that feels less jumbled than a one-only collection of plants.

Prep, Edge, Purchase, and Plant

Once you’ve decided on all the elements and the garden’s size, it’s time to prepare the bed by removing any old plant material (including grass). 

Mulch and Water

Any newly planted flowers should be well-mulched and watered regularly until the plants are established. Monitor your rainfall and supplement as needed, ensuring that your plants receive good water a week.

Culled from Better Homes & Garden