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With the arrival of planting season, now is a great time to start planning and getting your flower garden ready for next year. Having a garden that’s always in bloom requires some thought but is not difficult to achieve.
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Know Your Hardiness Zone
Before beginning, we need to understand what hardiness zone we live in. Knowing our hardiness zone helps us understand how plants will survive in our climates.
I live in New Jersey, Zone 6a, so certain plants won’t survive outside in winter. In those cases, they are either treated like annuals or they must be overwintered indoors.
Moreover, some summer loving annuals may not thrive in cool spring weather. So it’s important to understand how plants will adapt to conditions.
Understand Your Growing Conditions
Before choosing plants, we need to know what light conditions we have. And they may be different in various spots of our property. Depending on where the garden is sited, check to see how much sunlight it gets: full sun (6-8 hours), part sun (4-6 hours), part shade (2-4 hours) and shade (0-2 hours).
Check the Soil Before Planting a Colorful Garden
So many people do not test their soil. If you want to insure success with what you grow, I strongly recommend testing the soil with a kit like this one. Understanding soil quality is the key to gardening success.
Do Some Colorful Garden Research and Find Inspiration for What You Love
Look at other people’s gardens to see what’s blooming. Search Google, Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration.
Find local gardeners in your area and see what they grow. That’s a great indicator those plants could grow well in your garden too.
Visit your local nursery once a month if possible to see what’s in bloom. This will give you a rough idea what’s in bloom at that time. And it gives you a sense of color, texture, size and style.
Determine the Overall Size of Your Garden
Before purchasing plants, it’s important to know how big your garden is so you know what size plants to get. If the garden is on the smaller side, you’ll want to be cognizant of purchasing plants with various bloom times, then mix in some annuals in spring and again in fall.
Consider the Critters
What animals live in your area that are known to eat plants? For me, deer are a huge problem so I follow these tips to deer proof my garden and focus on choosing the right plants.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, here are some tips for bringing your vision to life.
Quick Tips for Having an Everblooming Colorful Garden
- Check the hardiness zones of each plant. Will they survive in your climate?
- Read plant tags to determine light requirements, size and bloom times. Tip: To get the most bang for your buck, choose plants with long bloom times.
- Plant a mix of evergreen shrubs and trees, deciduous flowering shrubs, perennials, bulbs and annuals. Planting a mix with evergreens will give you year long interest.
- Talk to other gardeners. See what works for them and check out the plants they use.
- For novice gardeners and those that think they kill plants should seek out easy-care, low maintenance plants that don’t require a lot of work like these.
- In addition to planting trees, shrubs, bulbs and perennials, be sure to tuck in spring and fall annuals for instant seasonal color.
Want to Learn What to Plant for an Everblooming Colorful Garden?
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My friend Chas from Chas Crazy Creations has some cool organic ways to keep the pests and weeds at bay in the garden. Stop by her page and check them out!
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