spring flowersGrowing a flower garden in your yard is a great way to add beauty to your home.

When planning your flower gardens, it can be helpful to choose a wide variety of flowers, so that you are assured of having blooms and beauty all year long. Although this can take a little bit of planning, you’ll find it well worth the effort when you are rewarded with continually changing beauty. Here are some tips you can use to plan and plant an all-season flower garden in your yard.

Decide on Location

Before you can choose flower varieties, it’s important to first choose where you plan to plant them. Different plants and flowers have different growing requirements. So, the same flowers that will bloom beautifully in full sunlight could wither and die if planted under a shade tree or on a shady bank.

First, find the areas of your yard that you feel would most benefit from a beautiful flower garden. Then, observe the area for a day or two, taking note of how much sun or shade the area receives. Once you know this, you’ll be better prepared to choose flower varieties that will truly thrive.

Plan for Year-Round Beauty

Unless you live in an area that has warm weather year-round, you are going to have to deal with the seasons changing. Although you won’t be able to grow flowers during the cold months, there are still decorative plants that you can plant to add winter beauty.

For example, an evergreen tree or bush will stay green year-round. Red twig dogwood bushes only flower for a short time and lose their leaves when the weather turns cold. But, their bare branches are a beautiful red color, which will add a bright note to your garden on even the coldest day. Some bushes also have small colorful berries on their branches throughout the winter season, providing beauty as well as a source of food for area birds.

Which Flowers to Plant?

When choosing flowers and flowering bushes, do some research to find out when they are expected to bloom in your area. Then, select varieties that bloom over a wide time period, so that something will always be colorful and in full flower. Check your state’s community Extension Office to find out about local growing seasons and best plants

For example, a forsythia bush is often the first bush to bloom in the early spring. Crocuses, daffodils and tulips can also be a source of early color. Irises and peonies are usually the next to bloom, followed by day lilies and most annual flowers.

Perennials or Annuals?

When planning your flower beds, keep in mind that although perennials will return year after year, they generally only flower during a specific time period. To fill in the spaces between your perennials, plan to plant some annual flower varieties. Although annuals will die in colder climates at the end of the growing season, they generally bloom non-stop while the weather is warm. With just a bit of planning, you’ll be able to enjoy beautiful flowers and plants year-round.

About the Author:

Alyssa Davis, is a design specialist and writer at Metal-Wall-Art.com, and she offers many suggestions and unique ideas for designing with Tuscan metal art and door toppers metal art.

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