Are you in the full spring fever mode, clearing your flower beds, trimming hedges, and planning new planting areas? If so, the following tips are for you!
Don’t worry, this isn’t another ‘clean your beds and mulch’ post, we know you know how to do that – these simple gardening secrets can help take your landscape to the next level, providing year round interest for all to enjoy!
Think ahead – Plant For all seasons
It’s no secret that spring is the planting season, with garden centers around the country laden with stunning spring blooming varieties like snapdragons, azaleas, and hydrangeas, but it’s important to plan for interest throughout the year.
If you are establishing new beds, try to choose a variety of complementing shrubs as a backdrop, to ensure interest throughout the growing season. These can be complimented with seasonal annuals, such as pansies, impatiens, and mums, for yearlong color.
How About A Cutting Garden
Adding flowering plants that are good for cutting to your landscape is a great way to scrape some extra joy out of your landscaping dollars, after all little brightens a room like fresh cut flowers.
Consider incorporating some prolific bloomers that are great for cutting, and enjoy a year long supply of flowers for your home or office.
Plant something for your kids
It’s no secret that kids love to pick flowers, so if you as a garden lover that hates seeing your precious blooms plucked by tiny hands, this tip is for you! Planting beds of flowers that are pretty, colorful, and great bloomers, is one way to both provide your child with a never ending stream of ‘gift’ flowers, while protecting your rarer varieties.
Some excellent choices include pansies, Shasta daisies, marigolds, petunias, verbena, and portulaca. All these plants bloom profusely, and all season long, providing year long flowers for your kids to enjoy – and an alternative to your specialty perennials.
Fragrant Flowers & Aromatics
One often overlooked sense in the modern garden is the sense of smell! Choosing aromatic plants and fragrant flowers can add a new layer of enjoyment to your outdoor living spaces. Consider integrating a few fragrant flowering plants – such as fragrant roses, gardenia, and moon flower – or aromatic (such as peppermint, lavender, or chamomile) into your landscape or potted plants.
Besides adding an extra sensory layer to your garden, many aromatics are also pest repellents. Potted herbs, specifically Basil, lavender and rosemary, can help keep your deck insect free and make your outdoor living space more pleasant to use.
Work long hours? How about Night Flowering plants!
Do you work long hours and rarely have time to enjoy your outdoor living space? If so, incorporating night flowering specimens, such as moon flower, into your garden could be an excellent solution!
Not only are many night flowering plants beautiful, but most are fragrant, ensuring you a beautiful outdoor experience regardless of what time it is!
These simple tips can help kick your landscaping up a notch, and help you and yours enjoy your outdoor living spaces all year long!