There are lots of things you can do to improve the appearance of your home. One of the easiest and most affordable is planting flower gardens. Colorful flowers can turn a dull home exterior into something eye-catching and vibrant. Follow these tips for planting flower gardens around your home.
1. Learn your area's zone and choose flowers accordingly.
Go online and find an image of what is known as a Planting Zones Map. This is a map of the United States that's not only divided by the 50 states, but it's also divided by planting zones, each with their own number. There are many different zones. For example, if you live in Illinois, most of Illinois is classified as zone 5. Flowers such as Black-eyed Susan and Bellflower do well in this zone. If you live in Louisiana, the area is classified as zones 8 and 9. Flowers such as Lantana and Hydrangea grow well in these zones. Locate the zone for your area and plan your flower planting based on what grows well in your zone.
2. Plan where you will plant your flowers.
The best way to plan where you will plant your flowers is by planning on a piece of paper. Create an outline of the outside of your home and mark the areas where you would like flowers. Be conscious of balance and where the best visual areas will be for flower planting.
3. Dig, clear weeds and prepare the soil.
Now that you know where you want to plant your flowers, you'll need to prepare the soil. This includes digging up grass, clearing out weeds, and ensuring that the soil is suitable for planting. You may need to mix planting soil in with the current soil to better enable flowers to grow and thrive.
4. Purchase and plant your flowers.
There are various ways to start your flower gardens. The least expensive way is to start with seeds. However, you will need to ensure you have planted the seeds correctly and you will need to monitor the growth of the seeds, including giving seeds the care they need, such as the proper amount of watering. Another way is to plant perennial or annual flowers that have already started to grow. Perennials are flowers that will come back every year. Annuals are flowers that will last only one season, which means that if you want the same flowers next year, you'll need to plant new flowers. When you plant, keep in mind that some flowers grow tall while others grow short. Taller flowers should be planted behind shorter flowers. Also, pay attention to color coordination. Each flower has its own color, and you'll want to ensure that the colors you choose match. Two of the best places to find seeds and existing flowers is either at a garden store or online.
5. Care for your flowers.
Your flowers will not thrive if they do not receive the proper amount of water, if weeds are removed so as not to overpower, etc. If you want successful flower gardens, you will need to care for your flowers throughout their season.
Planting flower gardens is a fun way to liven up the look of your home. Purchase flowers in your zone, plant them properly and care for them properly.