When you get your annuals home, it is time to plant them. Many people will plant their annuals
in potted gardens or in garden beds. A variety of annuals in a potted plant can really brighten up
your outdoor area. If you are planting you annuals in a garden bed, it’s best to add space
between each one.
Make a daily routine of checking on your annuals and watering them three times a week or
every day during those extra hot months. Add fertilizer to the water mixture two to four times a
month. It’s important to keep your annuals well watered throughout the summer and place them
in their best growing conditions. Some are made for the shade; some are made for the sun.
The End of the Season
All good things must come to an end and this is the case for annuals. Annuals are only meant to
last for one season so once they have blossomed and are starting to look a little worse for wear,
it’s time to take them to the compost. The good thing about annuals are, next year, you can start
the process all over again and choose a whole new set of beautiful flowers to highlight your
Looking for the right garden to plant in your backyard but not sure about which type of garden
will suit your green thumb? Answer the multiple choice questions below to reveal your
gardening personality and which garden is right for you.
What are you looking for out of your garden?
· A few nice flowers placed around the front or back yard to brighten up afternoon
barbeques and family dinner parties outside
· An outdoor oasis
· A source of nutritional and delicious treats
· Something green and pretty
How Much Time can you dedicate to Your Garden?
· An hour or so a week, spring and summer, but mostly summer.
· As much as necessary. I’m in it for the long haul.
· A few hours a week.
· Maybe 5 minutes a week, if I remember.
What do you love about gardens?
· The atmosphere they give off- that summer spring feeling
· The vibrant colors and ability to grow so beautifully and that amazing smell of the
· The way they look
How Do You feel about Getting Dirty?
· I’m prefer not to, especially not on a daily basis
· I’m not against it
· If it’s for a good cause, I’m all in.
· Ewe, dirt. No thanks.
· If you answered mostly A’s: annuals in potted plants or small garden beds will be the
best choice for you. Annuals only last for one season which is great for the spring and
summer. You can easily pot them around the patio in plants or in a small garden bed.
Water four times a week, fertilize twice a month and you’re done.
· If you answered mostly B’s: perennials and roses in large garden. You are in it for the
long haul which means you have the dedication and motivation to do whatever you want.
Perennials will last longer and roses will give you the challenge you are looking for.
· If you answered mostly C’s: vegetable and herb garden. Growing your own vegetable or
herb garden will give you a fresh and colorful garden as well as a great way to save on
· If you answered mostly D’s: perhaps gardening is not for you. Instead of raising the
garden care bar too high, why not start with a few indoor plants or even a few fake plants
to brighten your indoor and outdoor living areas?
Garden care depends on what type of garden you have, or are planning to plant. Below we have listed a few of the most popular flowers and types of gardens so you know what you can expect and how to maintain your garden of choice throughout the year.
Border garden: border gardens are usually placed on the ground, alongside a part of the house or a pool. For example, the front of your house may have a border garden. Border gardens tend to have perennial plants placed with the taller ones at the back and the smaller ones at the front. Many people will also use ground covers (plants that grow along the ground) to fill in the spots. Border gardens can brighten up your house and also create a three-dimensional garden feel for your visitors. Ground covers are a great addition to border gardens because they can grow quickly and complete your garden in no time. Many people will opt for roses in their border gardens in a variety of different colors.
- Rock gardens:
- rock gardens are another popular choice for your front or backyard. Most rock gardens will either have rocks surrounding the garden with plants inside, or rocks spread throughout the garden. Either way, the combination of beautiful shrubs, dark rocks, and blossoming flowers can add a delicate touch to any garden. When it comes to rock gardens, you need a lot more soil as your flowers must grow around the rocks. Make sure you spread your flowers out evenly around the rocks and give them plenty of room to grow. Perennials are best for rock gardens as they come back every year.
- Potted/Container Gardens:
- another popular choice is potted plant gardens. Many people will plant mini gardens in large pots or container around the house. Potted plant gardens look great inside and outside and can brighten up your deck or patio area. Potted plants are fairly easy to maintain. You will need to water them every day during the summer with a watering can and add some fertilizer to the mix twice a month. Potted plants can be annuals or perennials and look best when you choose various colored flowers. You can plant several smaller plants in one pot or opt for a large plant per pot. Try to match your potted plant designs to the color of the flowers, the decor of the furniture, and the table place-mats.
Roses are one of the most popular choices when it comes to home gardens. And why not?
They are beautiful; they are romantic; and they smell divine. Furthermore, having your very own
rose bush allows you to save a small fortune each year on flowers for birthdays, graduations,
anniversaries, Valentine’s Day and those times when you need to say “I’m Sorry”. However,
roses are not the easiest flowers to grow. They are stubborn little things that need the utmost
care and the perfect garden environment. Here are some tips for caring for your rose bush and
making these beautiful flowers the highlight of your garden.
The Rose Conditions
Roses love the sun. And we mean they love it! Roses tend to grow best when they are in direct
sunlight for six hours a day, which means they should be placed in a warm spot in your garden.
They will also need good, well drained soil that is able to hold moisture. You should make sure
the soil is enriched with manure or compost among other natural fertilizers (see below). Roses
Roses also need a lot of water, especially when they are first planted. Make sure your roses can
a good, regular watering at least once a week. Roses need more than the occasional sprinkle.
The best time to water your roses is during the mornings which can prevent the risk if fungal
disease and flower damage.
It’s important to not only choose the right place for your rose bush, but also the right planting
conditions. New roses need a lot of watering and usually fare better when planted in the cool
moist conditions of spring or fall. As soon as the soil becomes workable and the breeze hits, it’s
a good idea to get out your gardening gloves and get to work on your roses.
The Rose Remedy
There are several home remedies and natural ingredients that can help keep your roses
growing beautifully. The next time you have a friend over for a cup of tea, keep the tea leaves or
the leftover drops and sprinkle them into the rose bush garden. You can place the leaves just
below the soil. Tea leaves are rich with nutrients that the roses will soak up.
Another option is to use your old coffee ground from your coffee machine. Instead of washing
the coffee grinds down the drain, head outside to the garden and sprinkle it on the soil around
Having your very own garden can be a great feeling, especially when it looks great. A garden
can fill you with a sense of pride and can add beauty and value to your home. If you are
considering getting started on a garden in your back or front yard, consider these three things
before getting started:
First of all, you need to look around your back yard, front yard, or side yard and decide on a
place to have a garden. You may need to set up some rocks, do a little weeding and bring in
some soil to get the ball rolling. The place you choose should be away from the line of fire of
trampling children or urinating pets. Try to pick a place that gets both sun and shade but is not
in the middle of your yard where it is hard to maneuver around. It’s best to start with a small
garden in the corner of your yard and work from there.
Next, garden care takes time and effort. Most people will dedicate several hours to tilling,
planting, harvesting, watering, pruning and maintaining every season except for winter. You
need to be prepared to put in the work and have that extra hour a week to do so.
Finally, what kind of garden do you want? There are various garden varieties, all of which can
add an element of style to your outdoor area. Many people will choose to grow their own
vegetable or herb garden as a way to save on their weekly shopping. Some great garden
vegetables include beans, tomatoes, pumpkin, carrots and potatoes. Herb gardens can also be
handy as you can grow your own oregano, chives, cilantro, parsley and much more.
However, flower gardens are still the most popular. Many people will choose to plant flowers
that match their outdoor decorations and furniture. For example, if you have a swimming pool,
then blue flowers can match the water. Or, if you love the colorful reds and pinks, planting roses
may brighten up your outdoor area.
When it comes to flower gardens, most garden beginners will start out with annuals as they are
the easiest to take care of. You will need to water them twice a week and always consult the
directions and sales staff about what your flowers will need. While some flowers love the shade,
others need the sun. These things need to be taken into consideration when considering the
theme of your new garden
Trying to decide if you should plant a garden in that empty space in your back yard? Or,
perhaps you are not cut out for the trials and tribulations on gardening and that space would be
much better suited to a basketball court, spa or outdoor shed. We’ve listed the pros and cons to
caring for any garden so you can know what you’re in for. Weigh the pros and cons based on
your lifestyle to determine if a garden is the right choice for your back or front yard.
The Pros to Garden Care
· It can brighten up your outdoor area- flowers brighten up any occasion. They are a must
as a wedding; they are great for cheering up your wife; and they look beautiful as a
centerpiece on any table. Flowers can also have this affect to your outdoor area. A
garden, either a rock garden, a bed garden or even potted plant gardens bring a sense
of color and nature to your otherwise average patio. Coordinate your flower choices
based on your outdoor furniture colors and themes.
· It can create a sense of pride- a nice garden says a lot about a person and you will most
likely be complimented by passer byes, neighbors and your family. Your garden
becomes your baby and when it flourishes, so does your ego.
· It can be a quite peaceful and enjoyable hobby for anyone.
The Cons to Garden Care
· It can be frustrating. Gardening does not come naturally to everyone and thus many
gardeners will spend the next season re planting, re potting and trying again. Don’t get
discouraged if your garden isn’t perfect right away. It takes practice, patience and tender
· It can be time consuming. Gardening is a hobby and like most hobbies, it takes time.
Gardening needs to be done in spring, summer and fall. You will need to prune, pick, till,
water, fertilize and plant as much or as little as needed.
· You will get dirty. For those who hate having dirty fingernails, perhaps gardening is not
· It can be expensive. Sure, garden care is not going to cost you as much as installing a
free in that spare backyard area but the tools, the soil, the flowers, the plants and the
sprays will add up, especially if you plan on growing different flowers every year.
Garden care is not something you can simply pick up one day and start. You need the right
know-how, the right tools, and the right area to start with. Below we have listed some of the
things you need to consider before planting that first seed.
Get the Help You Need
First and foremost, do the research. You need to know what you are looking for depending on
where you want to plant your garden. Go to a garden center that is well staffed and equipped
with quality flowers. Most plants will come with a tag so you will know their name, their prime
conditions (sun or shade) and their maintenance program. However, ay trained staff member
can help you and the internet has several of helpful articles of choosing plants for your garden.
Some of the things to consider are as follows:
· Where do you want to have your garden?
· Can I afford the cost of tools, equipment, fertilizer and pesticide if the plants get
· Will your flowers be exposed to mostly sun, mostly shade, or a bit of both conditions?
· Do you want your flowers to blossom this season, or every year?
· How much work are you willing to put into your garden?
· Do you want an organic garden?
· What type of flowers will go best with my theme or style of house?
Put in the Time
A garden takes work, not only to start it, but also to maintain it. If you are starting from scratch,
you will need to put down soil, add rocks (or anything else), purchase manure, fertilizer and
garden tools and get down and dirty. Planting a garden may take more than one weekend.
However, after you have done the initial planting, the work is not done. You will need to
constantly water your plants, adding fertilizer whenever necessary. You will also need to prune
and tidy up your garden of any weeds, overgrown leaves or dead plants.
During the summer, some gardens will need watering every day, especially during those extra
hot July and August months. Furthermore, garden care should be done in spring, summer and
fall. If you only have a little time to spare in, say, the summer, stick to annuals which only last a
season. If you want your garden to blossom every year and are prepared for the extra work, try
perennials which will last several seasons.
Whether you are testing out your green thumb or have been in the hobby business of gardening for many years, it’s important that you are using the right tools to prune, dig, water and weed. If you are not, there is a good chance you are wasting a lot of time and effort and your garden is not up to the standard you had hoped for.
Never fear. Below we’ve listed the top five must-have garden tools for any bright and beautiful garden.
- Pruning shears:
- Pruning is an important part of the gardening process used for light shrub and rose to prune as well as cutting back perennials and deadheading. Pruning shears provide a clean cut that will not pinch the stems and are designed for plants. There are several different types of pruning shears out there including lopping pruners and hand pruners. Choose pruning shears that are designed for your flower bed and shrubbery. Lopping pruners are usually best for thicker branches while hand pruners work best with smaller plants and bushes.
- A digging spade:
- Unless you have a dog that loves to dig exactly where you command him to, then you are going to need a digging spade. Digging spades can actually make digging fun as they take the place of using your fingers. Make sure you choose a digging spade with a varnished hardwood handle for a more comfortable grip. Digging spades are best used for loosening up hard dirt in your garden. Another option is a garden fork which can lift out those extra tough soil spots.
- A rake:
- leaves are bound to fall in the summer and they will not make an exception when it comes to your garden. Garden rakes are pretty standard at any hardware or grocery store and come in various styles and materials including plastic, steel, and wood. Fall leave cleanup is inevitable so why not make it fun by choosing a brightly colored rake in a flirty red or purple?
- A watering hose:
- finally, you are going to most certainly need a high-quality garden hose. The best garden hoses are those with at least four to six ply thickness. Try a watering wand extension to project the perfect volume of water onto your garden.
- Additional must-have gardening tools include a weeder, garden knife, hedge shears, and a wheelbarrow to help with the excess dirt, weeds and fallen leaves.
- Happy Gardening.
Finally, once you have the accessories, the garden, and the furniture matching and in position, you need to ensure that your fence and lawn are up to par. There is nothing worse than having a beautiful backyard garden hidden behind weeds and overgrown grass. Make a habit out of mowing the lawn once every week (or every two weeks). You can also consider coating your deck or fence with a fresh set of paint or wood varnish which can make your backyard garden really sparkle.
More than Just Plants: Garden Care for All Corners of Your Yard
Your garden is most likely your pride and joy of your front, back or side yard. It may be the
centerpiece, the first thing neighbors notice, or the patch of land that ties the whole house
together. Although making sure the flowers are watered, the soil is moist and the plants are
flourishing is very important when it comes to your garden care, you also need to think about
what the rest of your yard is doing to your garden. Proper garden care is not just about plants;
it’s about finding that Feng Sui, that harmonious balance in your outdoor area.
Your Garden Theme
The first thing to consider when it comes to your garden and surrounding area is a theme. Of
course, a theme is not critical to any garden but it can be a fun way to tie in your furniture, your
outdoor decor and your garden plant choices.
For example, if you have a garden with a lot of blues, green and purples, then perhaps a tropical
themed outdoor area would be fun. Try funky Chinese lanterns as lighting and look for warm
greens and blues for your outdoor furniture. Lanterns and candles can really brighten up your
garden area and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Add to the tropical feel with
festive fruity colored drinks, Hawaiian print table clothes or a flower pattern picnic table set. All
of a sudden your garden is much more than just a Mecca of beautiful flowers; it is a backyard
Another great way to spruce up your garden is to add other elements besides just plants. Check
out your local garden center for goofy little critters or beautiful Greek statues. A few happy little
frog statues in the garden can give your backyard a fun look. Greek statues or beautiful flowing
fountains can create a more whimsical romantic atmosphere.