Having a flower garden is an enjoyable thing to do. You can have a delightful experience from planning to admiring the flowers around you. If this is your first time having a floral garden, then you might need a couple of things to prepare and get started.
Before you start digging, make sure that you have enough space where you can start your garden. Additionally, you should consider if that space has access to wind, sunlight, water, and drainage.
If there are current trees, shrubs, and plants planted in your garden area, you can remove the dead or sick ones first before planting new ones. When it comes to trees, you can contact an arborist to help you assess their current situation. Meanwhile, you can decide for the remaining plants if you’re going to keep or toss.
Other than that, if you want to know the basics of having your floral garden, then you should check the list below!
1. Prepare your garden
After removing all unnecessary things in the area, including weeds, you can ask an arborist to relocate other trees. Relocating is a good idea since tall trees can block your floral plants from receiving important resources like wind and sunlight.
After that, you can check the status of your soil. Make sure that you can start planting with healthy soil. If you don’t know how to check the acidity of the soil, you can always ask for help, or you can buy a kit that comes with instructions.
For some areas, it takes a lot of time to cultivate the soil. However, if there have been plants that are previously growing there, you can assume that your floral plants will survive for a long time.
2. Know your flowering plants
While preparing your land, you can start researching your floral plants. The perennial floral plants are the most popular as they blossom infinitely. However, you should still find plants that can live in your weather condition.
For example, if you choose to plant aster, make sure that you have semi-dry grassland. Asters can only survive in that type of land so better check before you start planting. Otherwise, your seeds and hard work will just go to waste.
Of course, aside from perennials, you can also plant short-lived plants that can last for a year or season. Those plants, like marigolds, only bloom once. After their flowering stage, the only part of them alive is the seeds.
It’s fun to look around and see some colourful flowers, but it’s also important that you know the things that can keep them living.
3. Map them out
Aside from knowing your plants, and cultivating your soil, another important thing to consider is planning the landscape. It will help you categorise your plants according to your garden’s climate.
For example, if you have a part in your garden that has more shade than the others, then you can assign plants on that side that don’t need much sunlight and vice versa. Meanwhile, you can increase the shade of an area if you put more trees.
When mapping your plants, you can also arrange them according to colours, height, and species. It depends on your research on how each plant will survive based on its needs.
4. Select a theme or style
After mapping everything out, you can now go to the specifics. Since shorter plants are together, you can arrange them depending on your taste like informal, formal, and wild. You can form different shapes, sizes, and borders.
When thinking of the theme, you can extend the current theme or style of your house through your floral garden. That way, everything is unified and people will immediately get what every detail is about.
On the other hand, if your house doesn’t have a theme, you can simply adopt other garden styles from online or offline inspirations. Furthermore, a personal touch can be incorporated into the designs you’re planning to apply.
5. Plant them all
If you’re done with the planning part, then it’s time to plant them all. You should carefully follow instructions on how to plant your chosen species. Usually, the planting techniques can be found on the packaging of the seeds. If there’s none, you can always search it through the internet.
When planting, make sure to put labels on accomplished parts to avoid confusion. Of course, no one wants to mess up their first garden, right? You’ll just need to be careful and always consult your map.
After planting all of your florals, you should visit them every day. Water them according to their needs so that they’ll grow according to your plan. You should also monitor the weather conditions, and be always prepared.
Once you know what to do, you get used to it. Moreover, your hard work will pay off once you see your plants starting to grow.
7. Add flowering trees and shrubs
As your floral plants grew, you can start adding shrubs and trees to their surroundings. They’ll be a good addition to your garden, and will also give nutrients to your plants.
When planting shrubs and trees you can contact your local arborist to help you. They will also guide you on the beneficial placements of trees. In addition, adding these species will give more structure to your garden.
Now that you’re excited to have your very own floral garden, you can start doing your research and make your surroundings more inviting. Don’t forget to share with us your gardening journey by leaving a comment below!