Spring Gardening - Brighten Up Your Flower Garden For Springtime
Flowers in The Garden
Springtime is here; a time to start gardening and spruce up your garden. Below I share a few ideas to give your garden a spring-time makeover with snowdrops, tulips, daffodils, narcissi, crocuses, bluebells, shrubs and trees.
Gardens are used for a variety of activities; planting vegetables, playing football, having fun on the swings or cooking a barbie, but to me it is a place to display an array of beautiful flowers. So as the weather warms up and the last remnants of winter and the dreaded frost have gone, I burst into the garden armed with gloves, trowel, potted plants and seeds ready to bring my garden back to life with pastel shades of yellow, magnolia trees, tulips and daffodils.
Come with me and and let's do some gardening.
How to Brighten Up Your Garden
1. Walk into your garden and take photos of how it is laid out. This will help you create a mental picture of where you would like to place certain flowers, shrubs and trees, and where you want to display particular colors. For example you could brighten up a dull corner with a dazzling display of Golden Mammoth (yellow) crocuses or design a floral bed of delicate pastels.
2. From the picture you took sketch your basic layout. Start by measuring your garden's boundaries and sketch them out as a rough plan using graph paper and a pencil.
3. It is essential that you choose the right bulbs to suit your garden's conditions. It is known that most bulbs grow and survive in dry, sunny places with good drainage so as to prevent rotting. However, that's not the case for woodland bulbs such as bluebells and snowdrops which requires damp moist conditions.
4. Plant a formal border with flowering shrubs like the rhododendron, azaleas, or Halesia carolina. It is recommended that you choose a maximum of three colors to capture the best visual effect, any more than that will make the border too colorful and unattractive.
5) For a natural look to your the lawn add pretty white and yellow lawn flowers. Using a bulb planter dig out a plug and plant the bulb in, patting the plug back into place. The type of bulbs for this natural effect are:
- Wild Cowslip
- Whit Clover
6. Purchase clay, terracotta or alabasta pots, fill with flower seeds or bulbs and place in strategic places in your garden. You can also surround the pot and top the soil with multi colored gravel. This not only looks great but it is fantastic as additional drainage.
7. If you want to create a feature you could purchase a wheel barrow, paint it white and plant your favorite flowers directly in the wheel barrow. Place the wheel barrow in a sunny part of the garden.
8. Buy a trellis and attach silver cone shaped pots at angles with green foliage draping whisperly from the pots along the trellis.
9. Put up a mini picket fence. They look so pretty protecting the flowerbeds and gives a cottage feel to the garden.
10. Try terracing a part of your garden with terracota tiles, and surround the patio area with layered flower beds
If you dream of a garden with an immaculate lawn, border perrenials, and shimmering spring flowers in full bloom then, no doubt, you would have planted your bulbs back in early November right?. The majority of early spring flowers are grown from bulbs planted in the winter, the Snowdrop, Snowflake, Crocus, Tulips and Daffodils are examples of hardy bulbs with spring flowering.
However, if you were not able to plant any bulbs last winter you can still transform and brighten up your flower garden through planting potted tubers or rooted cuttings, which should be planted out as soon as spring has arrived. When planting your tubers/bulbs ensure that you dig a hole at least 9ins deep so as to prevent them drying out.
List of Flowers You Can Plant February/March
Crocuses are popular plants that grow from late February to early March.
Daffodils, Lilies and Tulips
Daffodils, Lilies and tulips are planted as bulbs and can be planted and re-planted in March. Daffodils, Lilies and tulips all grow and bloom in spring.
Fruit Trees and Cherry Blossom
Fruit trees and Cherry blossoms are ideal for plainting in March. Spring is a time for select the best cherry blossom and fruit trees at local nurseries and garden centers.
Spring is the best time to plant roses and during the month of March they can be pruned.
Flowers to Sow From Seed
Another method of obtaining spring flowers is planting them from seeds two weeks after the last frost. Most flower seeds can be planted at this time and will start growing when it starts warming up at night, to about 70 degrees. Popular flowers to plant from seed are:
- Tulips and
Most seeds of early spring flowers that come from the South produce a quicker blossom; this is probably due to the warmer weather in which they are propogated.
Flowers to Sow and Grow in February
It is possible to sow seeds in February and still get blooms in March through to the later months.
- Lobelia should be sown in a heated propagater.
- Antirrhinums and Laurentia: Now is the time to plant these seeds so as to ensure they flower early.
- Sweet Peas should be sown and placed in a glasshouse or indoors.
- Dahlia Tubers - Need to be planted in pots of compost at temperatures not exceeding10 degrees celsius.
- Begonia Tubers should be planted in moist compost in a bright place, free from the cold.
- Chrysanthemum can be planted from seed and to get the earliest blooms put the pots in a greenhouse.
- Geraniums - to get the geranium to flower early they should be sown indoors.
View how to prepare your seeds properly!
Steps To Planting Spring Flowers From Seed
Go to your local gardening store and purchase an assortment of spring flower seeds. When choosing select colors that are going to compliment each other, grouping pastel shades of lilac, light pink and white or maybe a cluster of vibrant yellow flowers. I always have a section of yellow daffodils in a circular bedding encircled by a single row of white narcissi. I think daffodils typify spring.
Before planting the seed ensure that you read and follow the instructions carefully.
Using small containers make four holes in the bottom of each container, this is to ensure proper drainage. Fill the containers with about two-thirds of potting soil. Next, dig a hole, not too wide, about the circumference of a pen and follow the instructions on the seed packet as to how deep you should sow the seeds.
In each hole you dig place one seed and then cover with a small amount of soil. With seeds sown put the containers in a 2-inch-deep tray and place near direct sunlight.
Water the seedlings with small amounts of water in the tray holding the containers. This method is better than pouring water directly on top the seeds as it allows them to absorb the water through the soil.
However, when the seedlings start to sprout you can use a watering can to moisten the soil lightly.
Finally, transfer the flowers into the garden once the seeds have grown to 2 to 3 inches in height.
Using a trowel make a hole about double the size of the plant's container in circumference and as long as the depth of the container. Before transplanting the plant you should water it at least a couple hours ahead of putting it into the earth. Once you've loosened the plant from its pot holder place it in the hole, fill with soil and soak the ground with water.
I hope this little insight will encourage you to don your gardening gloves, and with trowel in hand begin to landscape your personal garden patch in the world.