How to start a flower garden
Unsure about how you can start your own flower garden at home? Here are my best tips on which flowers to use and how to plant them.
Parts of my garden are completely dedicated to flowers. Growing these flowers in spring and looking forward to the beautiful color combinations I will get to see later in summer is such a kick! There's just something special about starting your own flower garden exactly how you like it. I hope you will enjoy this guide on how it's done!
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Pick 5-7 summer flowers that blossom at different times. Grow enough plants so that you can fill up the entire space. Put the plants around 4-8 inches apart. It's always better to have a few too many than the other way around, so make sure to grow a few extra plants.
I decided to grow garden cosmos, dahlia, aster, cornflower, low-growing sunflower, bronze fennel and red orache.
Sow the summer flowers well in advance and grow them in separate pots. You can prune the tops of some of these plants like cosmos, dahlia, cornflower, godetia and mallow so they get nice and bushy.
Fertilize the flower garden with a few buckets of bokashi compost before you start planting. Make sure you wait until you know for sure that there won't be any more frost, or cover them with fabric if the temperatures start creeping towards freezing.
Imagine all of the plants like a string of pearls in your flower garden. Put 3, 4 or 5 plants of one variety in a row, for example like in the picture below. I put the flowers one after the other in the pictures above.
I use my pots made from newspapers to re-plant my summer flower plants. It's so easy to simply bury the entire pot in the soil. This will help the plant adapt to its new environment quickly. It will grow out of the pot and get nutrients from the soil instead in no time. The earthworms will help break the newspaper pot (made from newspaper with non-toxic ink) down.
- Pick flowers that bloom at different times in summer.
- Pick colors you think go well together.
- Choose one or two plants with beautiful leaves.
- Pick summer flowers of different heights.
- Combine plants with high stalks and bushier plants.
- Remove the flowers that have already bolted.
- Fertilize with diluted urine or nettle water at least 1-2 times each season.
- Use the plant parts at the end of the season for mulch, it will help fertilize the soil.
I already mentioned a few of the flowers in my flower garden. Here are a few more great options:
- Black eyed-Susan
- Baby's breath
- Flowering tobacco
- Pincushion flower
Make sure that the flowers you pick are similar when it comes to growth, so that none of them overpower any of the others.
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