The best way to bring freshness and brightness to a garden is to incorporate colour by the use of flowers. Regardless of whether they are planted in-ground or in bins, they are unanimously appreciated. Flowering shrubs are a good investment. Easy to plant, they are an ideal way to start out in the field of gardening. Choose them according to flowering, climate and soil quality. Afterwards, all is only a matter of maintenance. 

One can always take pride in having a beautiful garden, embellished by different flower varieties. Even without professional help, you too can have a garden that will make others envious: just select flower varieties that are best suited to your exterior. Even those who do not have a large yard can plant flowers. They can be set up in tubs or in large pots to be placed on a terrace. Growing in containers is in fact very popular, and many gardening stores offer the appropriate tools to fit your plant in the space you have available.

Planting flowering shrubs is a great way to start in gardening as planting is fairly easy and often meets expectations. Similarly, flowering shrubs are extremely varied, allowing various colour combinations by planting different kinds of flowers. Therefore, creating coloured flower beds is an opportunity to make use of your imagination and creativity.

Selecting flowering shrubs 

First of all, there are countless varieties of flowering shrubs. But since all flowers do not bloom simultaneously, it is best to plant varieties that do not flower at the same time, as to have flowers for as long as possible. Your choice is vast. Hibiscus, with its purple or pink flowers, or forsythia, with its pretty yellow flowers that bloom in the spring, are two fine choices. In the case of hibiscus, the appearance of flowers does not occur at the same time as other shrubs. This plant is ideal for keeping a colourful touch in your garden, even after the normal flowering period. The hydrangea is a variety known for its big bright flowers, of white, pink and even blue hues. It is also the case of camellia, which gives off bright and colourful reflections. Not to mention azaleas, lilac, magnolia and mimosa. In short, there is a whole selection of flowers on which to count for creating colourful arrangements.

To facilitate your choice, some criteria must be taken into account. Before buying, make sure you have enough space to accommodate the bush, especially as it grows in size. Then, it is important to check that your region’s climate is well-suited to the plant’s survival, in terms of temperatures as well as sun exposure and soil type. Finally, when these conditions are met, all that remains is for you to choose the varieties you find appealing. A good idea is to combine different varieties to get a better colour contrast. When you purchase your shrub from a nursery, you can already see the different varieties during their bloom and easily make your choice.

Planting flowering shrubs 

After choosing your shrubs, it is time to move on to the most important step, planting, whether it is in-ground, in pots or in containers. Planting should take place between October and May and preferably out of periods of drought and frost. For in-ground planting, first dig a hole equal to twice the size of the shrub. Then, put in the soil and fertilizer. Before inserting the plant, first remove the container and lightly dip the clod in water. Once in the ground, it will be covered with earth, planting soil and a little compost. Watering is done immediately afterwards, and in abundance.

For planting in tubs, choose a large enough container, approximately 24 inches in width and height, then fill the bottom with a layer of gravel, soil and manure or humus. The rest of the process is the same as the one described for regular in-ground planting. However, flowering shrubs planted in tubs require more maintenance, such as the addition of organic fertilizer at certain times of the year and more frequent supplies of water. Regarding pruning, it is carried out in regard to flowering periods. Plants that bloom in summer are pruned in winter while shrubs that bloom in spring and fall are pruned immediately after flowering. This process involves removing dead stems and old branches to allow and facilitate new flowering. The rest is a matter of aesthetics, such as cutting branches that stick out or clumps that are too thick.

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Published in Flowering shrubs by Alexander on 04 Jul 2011