While planting flowers in your yard is an easy solution to have beautiful flowers all year long, it is the flowers that attract the most attention. A single, cut flower, like a freesia, lily or tulip, can really make a bold statement or accent plant. Bonus: planting flowers will make your home look more beautiful and add color to any yard. You’ll enjoy the flowers even more when you start growing flowers yourself. Follow these guidelines to plant a single flower in a flower garden.
Sunlight is critical for perennials. Sunlight for these flowers will usually be available all year. It’s a good idea to plant them close together, in a row, to help distribute the sunlight. If you are going to plant more than one of these flowers at a time, keep in mind that they do not do well in shady areas. Also, be careful to space the rows out so that new, smaller flowers won’t take over an area that is used up by older, larger ones.
The best place to grow perennial flowers is on the southern side of your home, where they can receive an abundance of sun during the day and shade at night. However, it is not always sunny where you live. Some areas don’t get enough sun to support growing perennials and annuals. If you live in an area where winter weather is especially cold, or if you are planting after a long rain season, consider planting your flowers in a pot before planting outdoors.
It is important to pay attention to blooming time. A cut flower, especially perennial, blooms for only a short period of time. Thus, the flowers will be overgrown flowers will fail to bloom. Do prune the plants often, removing dead blooms, so they will have room to bloom and produce fresh cut flower buds.
Sunflowers are another way to add color to your flower garden. You can easily provide these flowers with sun-filled days by planting them in a shaded area next to the house. They love sunny areas, so think about planting them in your sunny backyard as well. However, there is another way to ensure a constant source of sunflowers for your garden – dig them up. Most annuals and perennials will flourish in partial shade, but some will not.
Cut flowers sold in spring are ready for planting right after being plucked. If the stem of the plant is still on the branch, the seeds may have been plucked and need to be sowed in the fall. These seeds should be planted in holes dug in the soil around your home in early spring.
Fall sunlight is a great resource for sunflowers. Plant sunflowers in full sun in late winter or early spring and keep them out through the winter. They will be in demand once again in the spring. Seed cutting of sunflowers planted late in the fall will be useful in the spring as they grow and flower. This can also be a good opportunity to introduce new cut flowers to your single flower garden.
When you get ready to plant, check the type of flowers that are available from your seed mixes and choose the ones that you know will be in high demand. For example, tulips are usually a high seed variety, red roses are a low seed variety, and lilies are a mid-range flower variety. Plant all the flowers you want in your flower garden in the same color combination, if possible. If you do this, you will be able to avoid planting some varieties that grow best in other climates. If you are not sure which varieties will do well together, talk with a local florist.