There is nothing like a quaint, peaceful backyard flower garden to make you forget about your troubles. Sitting in your favorite lounge chair, surrounded by nature can bring about a peaceful feeling. That’s why planning and creating the perfect garden is so important – it can enhance your backyard even more and make for a beautiful, peaceful paradise. Many people think that planting a garden is too time-consuming, or that they don’t have the skill to plant one properly. But with a little thought and creativity, you can plant the perfect garden for your backyard oasis.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when creating your backyard flower garden:
Plan Your Space: Whether you have a small square outside your back door, or an expansive piece of land behind your garage, measure it out so you have an idea of how many plants you’ll need to fill it. It will depend on the size and type of the plants you purchase, of course, but generally, one plant will take up 3”- 8”.
Know Your Climate: North America has wildly different climates, and where you live will impact the types of plants and flowers that will grow best. Called a hardiness zone, your ‘number’ will help you choose the best plants. For example, amaryllis bulbs grow best in warmer climates (zone 8 and up), while petunias, pansies and dusty miller’s can handle cooler weather (zone 5 and below).
Annuals vs. Perennials: Annuals are plants and flowers you need to plant each year; perennials will come up year after year. Most people prefer a mix of both. Lilies, daffodils, roses and hostas are examples of perennials, while daisies, pansies, and penta are annual varieties. All of these come in a wide variety of colors. Before making your selection, verify whether they prefer sun, shade or a mix of the two so you can plant them accordingly.
Color is key: The secret to a beautiful garden is color! Luckily, the sky’s the limit when it comes to choices. Visit your local nursery or shop online for a wide selection of blues, purples, reds, pinks and everything in between. Then have fun with arranging them for a beautiful array of color.
Fruits and Veggies: Along with your flowers and plants, fruits and veggies can be added to give you even more variety, color and sweet treats to eat! Strawberries, raspberries, grapes, blackberries, rhubarb, herbs, and tomatoes are all great choices.
Keep pests at bay: No matter where you live, you’re going to have to deal with pests munching away on your backyard flower garden: Mosquitoes, aphids, slugs and beetles are common garden pests. Luckily, there are a few natural ways to deal with this:
- Spray your flowers with a weak dose of dish soap and water to keep aphids away.
- Broken eggshells and coffee grounds will keep slugs out of your garden.
- Petunias will repel beetles and aphids.
- The natural oil in basil kills mosquito eggs.
- Garlic, lavender, rosemary, catnip, and mint repels bugs nicely.
The great thing about planting a garden is that you can be as creative as you like. Experiment with different plants, flowers, and colors to express your unique personality and creativity. Some plants emit calming scents, like lily-of-the-valley and lavender, while others are showstoppers, like the sunflower. With a little planning and creativity, you’ll have the perfect garden in no time.