There are so many varieties of gardens that sometimes it is just fun to experiment with floral gardening and planting color. From earth tones to bright sunshine day colors there is a large gamete of expressions that could emote from your own floral garden. Just think of all the spaces around your yard that can benefit from a pop of color. Don’t be shy about where you can add your floral arrays either. From climbing vines, potted blooms, hanging baskets, shrub lining, to beds of flowers, there is really no area that would not be appropriate and since size and color is never ending, let your imagination run wild.
You can begin one of two ways; know what you want to plant or know where you want to plant. Each decision has an effect on the other. As noted before in ‘Vegetable Gardens That Satisfy’, there are basic steps to follow when deciding where and what to plant. The amount of sunlight, soil preparedness, ample drainage, sufficient hydration, and heat tolerant levels are all things to consider. Understanding your heat tolerant zone is easily done at USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, once you know your zone you will find it easier to choose the correct plants for your area as most soil tabs will state acceptable zone tolerance level.
Here are a few suggestions on different types of floral plants. Your climbing vines would include Golden Trumpets, Wisteria sinensis, Morning Glory, Honey Suckle, and Pretty Passion Flowers to name just a few. Examples of the better potted blooms would be Chrysanthemum, Pansy, Zinnia, and Calibrachoa. Hanging baskets are very popular and include such flowers as Lobelia, Dracaena, Brachyscome, Bacopa, and Impatiens. When highlighting an area with an outline of floral gardening try such plants as Dianthus Fire Star, Apple Blossom, Pink Creeping Phlox, Vinca Minor, and of course the ever popular Petunia. Remember that with any of these you can mix in non-floral plants to add contrast and backgrounds. The décor of your garden is like fashion, you want to make sure your colors complement one another. An additional item to think about would be fragrance. Many floral plants have great fragrance, but you should be mindful of the amount so as not to overwhelm or compete with plants in the local vicinity. Mix and match, half the fun is in the experimentation.
When deciding what to plant, consider that there are two different types of flowers. A way to try something new each season would be to select some annuals, those that have a life span of one growing season. Otherwise you could consider perennials which typically return to life each spring. Trying something new each season is a great way to incorporate trending colors of the season into your garden. Bonnie Plants is a very thorough gardener’s website with great suggestions on planting color with annuals.
In part 4 of our series we will examine outdoor plant decor.
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