As the weather is changing so much it seems this spring and into the summer it is hard to know if our flowerbeds are going to stay alive this year. Last night we were in a frost advisory here in Stevens Point, WI and people were covering their flower and vegetable gardens to make sure the frost did not hurt what has grown thus far. There are other factors one must think about as well as we start to plant our gardens and tend to the flowerbeds.
Sunlight- Itis essential for growth of most flowers. Making sure to plant the flowers in the appropriate place by the house can be very important, because you do not want to plant a flower that needs lots of direct sunlight in a shady place.
Soil- Plants get a lot of nutrients from the soil they are planted in. Make sure to not have too sandy or sticky soil that the plants will not be able to thrive in.
Annuals vs. Perennials- I like to have a little bit of both in my flowerbeds. This way I do not have to replant all the flowers every year, but I am able to change the colors if I want to with the annuals I pick out to plant.
Seeds vs. Plants-When choosing to start a flowerbed one has to decide if they want to start with seeds or with plants. Starting with seeds can take longer obviously, so starting them inside can be best so you get the root structure started before you plant them outside.
Taking into consideration location and overall look of your flowerbeds is the fun part. You can make it your own and really have some beautiful and vibrant colors throughout the entire summer and even into the fall. Make your flowers thrive and be the talk of the town this season!