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Flower Gardens Feed Your Soul

Updated on September 11, 2014

Start Your Flower Garden Today: It's Not That Hard

Flower gardens are possibly the most popular kind of garden out there. People have been planting flowers for their pure beauty for centuries and it's definitely something that you should consider for your own yard as well.

There are many different types of flowers out there and different reasons for having gardens. One reason is simply to be able to enjoy looking at flowers. Another reason is to attract animals and pretty insects like butterflies into your backyard. No matter what your reason is, it's easy to get started.

To make your life easier, take a look at The Flower Gardener's Bible: Time-Tested Techniques, Creative Designs, and Perfect Plants for Colorful Gardens

The first thing you need to do is figure out where your flower garden will go. If you're like many people then there is no one answer to that question. You might place one around the perimeter of your house, one in the center of your yard, etc. There is no limit to where you can plant flowers.

If you're just starting out it might be best to start small. Choose one area where you'd like to see flowers and start preparing it. You'll need to till the soil, make sure it's a fertile environment, and plant the seeds or seedlings.

Before you even think about planting the seeds, you should research the flowers you are interested in growing. Keep in mind that some varieties of flowers tend to spread out more than others. If you have a small area you will need flowers that tend to grow straight up rather than out.

It goes without saying that there are many different colors for you to choose from. In fact, that's probably one of the main reasons you decided to plant a flower garden in the first place! If you need some inspiration for your color choices you can always look at a friend or family member's yard to see what colors they have.

Learn Before You Plant - Get inspiration from these flower gardening books

The Edible Flower Garden (Edible Garden Series)
The Edible Flower Garden (Edible Garden Series)

The photos in this book make it easy for the beginner to learn the names of edible flowers and to easily identify all varieties.

 

Roses Are Always Beautiful in Any Flower Garden

Beautiful, fragrant rose in a park in Romania
Beautiful, fragrant rose in a park in Romania

Flower Garden Ideas

I don't know where you get your ideas for beautiful flower gardens in your front or backyards, but when I need some inspiration, I troll the many pictures we now have on the web. My favorite? Pinterest! I can lose myslef in board after boards of amazing outdoor spaces from some of the most spectacular gardens and landscapes ever seen.

Here are some ideas I got from looking only a few minutes:

- Combine large interesting foliage with shades of purple, green, and red.

- Combine white forget-me-nots, tulips & daisies with hostas foliage for a beautiful spring garden.

- Create an interesting and unique raised bed herb garden by removing the cushions of an old chair. Then line the insides with boards with water holes, fill with soil and plant your favorite kitchen herbs

- Use an old shoe to create a mini-flower garden (more of an arrangement) and place it at the entrance of your front door

There are a lot of ideas: you just need to decide which one to use for your own flower garden.

How to Start a Flower Garden

After Planting Your Flower Garden

It's important to realize that caring for your garden will be an ongoing process. It's not a "set it and forget it" kind of thing.

You will need to:

-weed your garden frequently

- water everyday

-take care of pests before they get to your flowers.

It's always a smart move to keep close watch on your flowers to make sure they are nice and healthy.

Tell Me About Your Flower Garden! - Go ahead: brag about your flower garden accomplishments

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      Rosaquid 6 years ago

      I'm getting excited about spring!

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      Rosaquid 6 years ago

      I'm getting excited about spring!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      My flower garden is dormant and neglected. I really need to get rid of the dead winter damage. Meanwhile, my determined plants made lots of seedlings that will probably bloom soon.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I used to garden on a regular basis, but unable to do it now. I miss it and all the beautiful flowers I used to have. I enjoyed this lens, and it certainly brings spring to mind. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I agree, flower gardens feed our souls! I miss having a yard, I especially loved haveing a wild flower garden. You have me dreaming.....

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      Adriana 7 years ago from New Market

      @sorana lm: Thanks for stopping by. I can't wait for spring to see some pretty flowers around her. It's so cold these days...

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      sorana lm 7 years ago

      I love my garden flowers. It's nice to be able to go in the garden and pick up flowers. Congrats on reaching level 32 ... I did it too. See you on level 33 :).

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      CCGAL 8 years ago

      We don't have much in the way of flowers, but we've got some veggies this year. Nice lens!

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      Laurel Johnson 9 years ago from Washington KS

      Hubby prefers the naturalized look so we have flowers in odd places. One large area is devoted to catnip and prairie wildflowers. It's a wild tangle of colors and uncontrolled growth, but ends up looking prettier than I expected. In a more orderly way, we have rose bushes, climbing roses, stella d'oro scattered about, and geraniums growing in pots around our porch. We'll never win any sort of landscaping prize, but do enjoy our flowers. 5 and fave for you as a fellow JJJ team member.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      We love our flowers in our garden - the roses are already in bud and I have a fabulous display of wisteria at the moment.

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      Joan4 9 years ago

      Oh I have not had flowers in many years -- not real planned pretty ones! Loved your pictures, too!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great lens idea. I have so much to do in my yard but like to wait until all the volunteers have come up before I weed.

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