Following the example of the flowery meadow, your garden can be arranged to accommodate several types of flowers to enhance the setting. The prerequisite is to have the necessary space to allow the flowers to grow over the years. Whatever the quality of the soil in your garden, there are enough existing varieties of flowers to allow you to create your own flower garden.

If you find that the lawn does not provide enough contrast to your garden, you can plant a few flowers to create a flowery meadow. That way, the flowers’ colours and beauty will further beautify your garden and give it a brand new look. To create a flower garden, it is not necessary to proceed to gruelling ground maintenance since the varieties of flowers are so diverse that they are suitable to all types of soil. Similarly, creating a flowery meadow in a garden does not require a particular angle of exposure to the sun. Besides, planting several varieties of flowers in a garden helps to stimulate beekeeping activities, especially since the presence of large amounts of pollen will attract bees and other pollinators like butterflies and birds. Thus, if you are interested in green gardening, the flower garden will give you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with some of its basic principles. Finally, if beetles or aphids begin to invade your vegetable garden, planting several flower varieties can also be an effective way to ward off pests.

Choosing the flower seeds to sow

When selecting flower seeds to sow, you can already choose colour combinations according to flower varieties. The usual blend consists of a combination of annuals and perennials, which produces a surprising assortment of colours. Thus, you can try to associate soap wort seeds with those of the cornflower, adding touches of bright colours with poppy, zinnia or Rosa Camaieux seeds. You can also add a few sunflower seeds mixed with those of the cosmos and campion. On the other hand, you can also choose to arrange the flowers that have grown naturally in your garden with new varieties that you will add subsequently to the composition. This method will allow most plants to reseed themselves to effectively fill the space provided for the flowery meadow.

Laying out the garden

Although the flower varieties are numerous enough to adapt to any type of soil, nothing beats a well-worked soil to accommodate your favourite flowers. In addition, some species of flowers are not viable when planted in a garden. Be sure to choose flower varieties that are compatible with your soil quality and the climate in your area. Thus, prior to sowing, choose a part of your garden that you want to devote to flowers. Make sure that the chosen area is well-ventilated and free of any weeds that may be detrimental to your flowers. Afterwards, work the ground so that it is quite level and loose. However, the ground’s lay out depends on the season during which you plan to create your flower garden. The fall preparation involves a radical ploughing or a slight raking if you favour the soft method. In the spring, all you need to do is harrow the ground and roll on it to loosen it up. Moreover, the use of fertilizer on the ground is advised against because the fertilizer will also stimulate weed growth.

Proceed with sowing

The ideal season for planting garden flowers depends on the combination of seeds that you have previously selected. If you have opted for a combination of annual flowers, you can start sowing in the spring, between March and June. If your blend is more diverse and contains a wider variety of perennials, sowing can be carried out year-round. To allow the flowers to thrive, it is best not to sow during periods of extreme heat, cold or drought. After having covered the seedbed with a little earth and having raked the surface, wait 6-8 weeks for the first flowers to appear.

Regularly maintaining the flower garden

It is essential that you perform regular maintenance of your flower garden to regulate self-seeding flowers after the first flowering. To do this, do not forget to water the flowers and to systematically remove weeds and wilted flowers. When annuals have finished their flowering, it is necessary to rework the ground in preparation for a new sowing by removing all of the plants. However, in the case of perennials, the maintenance consists of cutting them as soon as they exceed a height of 6 inches (15 cm).

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Published in Flower guide by Alexander on 06 Jul 2011