How often do you admire your neighbor’s flowers, wishing to have the same colorful garden in your yard? This is actually not so difficult to get and the best thing is you can do it all by yourself as a personal DIY project. Here are some secrets to having a dream flower garden and a wonderful spot by your home to escape the world.
Make room for your dream flower garden
Having a plan in place when creating your garden may save you a lot of trouble in the future. Envision what you want to achieve and start making room for all the plants, decorations, and landscaping ideas you want. Remove everything you don’t use or need from your yard, and clean that area from foliage, branches, and other rubbish.
Decluttering is not only great for your yard, but also for you. It will clear your head and let the creative juices flow so you can better realize your DIY project. After you free the space, you will be able to draft your landscaping vision and be one step closer to your dream flower garden.
Find the right location
Some plants require plenty of sun, while others favor a shade. This makes choosing an appropriate location for your garden another task to complete before planting. Most plants need six hours of sun every day, good drainage, nearby source of water, and air circulation, so these are some parameters to follow. Providing all of this means having a successful garden. Also, if you have too many plants, the easiest way to water them is to create a DIY hydroponic system.
When it comes to those sun-shy plants, short trees, bushes, and shrubbery are good at providing cover from excessive sunlight, as well as the strong winds. If you lack shelter some gentler plants from the sun, give them space under the shade by your house or in pots on the porch.
Examine the soil
Type of soil can greatly affect what you can grow in your garden. So, before you start digging, get a test kit from your local store, and see which type of soil is dominant in your yard. Sand and clay are the least favorable soils for plants. Sand needs a lot of fertilization and watering since it can’t retain moisture and nutrients, while clay drains slowly and is too thick for roots to grow. Loam is the best soil for gardening since it consists of all the ingredients needed for healthy plants.
If you do end up with sand or clay, don’t worry since you can still have your dream flower garden. It may take a little effort though, like adding compost, peat moss, perlite, and other components to make it fertile and ready for plants.
Build raised beds
Plants don’t have to go only in the soil. To make the landscape more interesting, use pots or improvise containers from old buckets, cans, and mason jars. Another trend has become popular in recent years and that’s using raised beds.
They are easy to make from old boards, Styrofoam, or bricks, depending on your budget or what you already have making clutter in your yard. Design raised beds in heights, shapes, and sizes that will improve your landscaping and help you better organize your garden. Not only will you more easily tend to your garden, but also add layers to your exterior design.
Know your annuals
The most beautiful flowers in the garden are often annual plants. This means you have to replant them every year since they last for only one season. Marigolds, petunias, and pansies are the most commonly present flowers for their beauty and simple needs.
However, many other annuals would look great in your garden. For example, sunflowers are tall, love the sun, and their yellow color will add a cheerful tone to the exterior. Also, zinnias with their pink, orange, and red shades are the summer beauties attracting butterflies and thriving in the full sunlight. Annual plants are ideal for gardeners who want to play with different looks and colors of their gardens every year.
Choose the perfect perennials
If you want reliable plants, then perennials should have their place in your garden. They grow back every year, although some varieties last for only a few years. Salvia also is known as perennial sage is a gorgeous deep blue flower that can withstand cold and heat.
Peonies are another fine example of lasting perennials that don’t need a lot of care. Their rich foliage will burst with lively flowers in spring and staying in bloom through June. If you are looking for something elegant, try bearded iris — white, crown-like flower growing in spring. For more Boho vibe, plant coneflowers to bloom yellow, orange, purple, and white until fall.
Think about the pollinators
When you think about your dream flower garden, there are probably lots of butterflies flying around playfully. This is not so hard to accomplish since butterflies, along with bees and other helpful animals are natural pollinators and good for your garden. If you want to attract their attention plant flowers they can’t say ‘no’ to.
One of such plants is borage — a blue flower full of sweet nectar which bees adore. Butterfly bush is the favorite of butterflies, but also hummingbirds love to drink its nectar. With its magnificent pink, purple, and white blooms, it’s a lovely addition to a garden. Daisy, dandelion, and lavender may seem common but natural pollinators can’t resist them, especially the butterflies.
Plant bulbs for every season
Even before you master the basics of gardening, you can try to grow flowering bulbs. Tulips and daffodils are the most famous of the bunch and considered as signs of spring. They need planning since you have to plant them a couple of months before blooming.
The good news is that you can grow bulbs all year round if you follow some simple rules. Protect them from animals with sharp gravel on the surface or by netting the area. Once they bloom, their flowers can last for months, like begonias that show their colors from summer to the first frost.
Add layers with shrubs and trees
Flower gardens are not only made of colorful blossoms. Every garden needs shrubs and trees to add layers and textures to the landscape. If you opt for the evergreen varieties, you can have a green garden for the whole year, even in winter.
Combine different heights of shrubs to create a lush and opulent garden that will be a spectacle for the eyes. Dogwood, hydrangea, and other colorful shrubs will create a rustic feel in the garden turning it into an oasis of serenity and peace. Japanese maples, magnolias, and lemons are medium-height trees that won’t outgrow their surroundings and will add a splash of sunshade to your flower garden.
Don’t forget ornamental grass
The grass is an important part of gardens. If you don’t have much of it in your yard, you can easily create a lavish lawn with ornamental grass. This is one of the easiest plants to grow and the perfect backdrop for your flowers.
Ornamental grass is also terrific as decoration and will bring color to your garden even when the flowers are out of bloom. Tall pampas glass with white plumes is a stunning statement plant for the big gardens, while sedge grasses are low growing and excellent to edge the pathways. Having a lawn may require regular mowing and watering, but including it in your landscaping plans can help your design come to life sooner.
Prepare the right gardening tools
The survival of your plants depends on the right equipment, but you don’t have to buy every item in the store. The most important gardening tools are those used for digging, watering, trimming, and mowing.
Pair of gloves and hand trowel is sufficient to start working on the soil, weeding, and planting, as well as landscaping. A retractable watering system, like 82ft hose reel, is easy to use and can reach the farthest parts of your garden. Hoe, spade, and rake are vital for tending to soil and plants, and getting a wheelbarrow for heavy burden is great for your back.
Perform regular weeding
Weeding is not only boring and tedious but also annoying since the weeds keep on grow no matter how often you pull them out. These parasitic plants steal nutrients from your flowers and prevent them from growing to their full potential.
Weekly weeding is recommended to keep your garden healthy, but you can try some homemade organic herbicides. A mixture of salt and white vinegar sprayed on the weed plants are some of the effective and eco-friendly ways to remove this nuisance.
Create decorations for your dream flower garden
Every design depends on decorations to give it character and extra flair that will make it unique. Forget buying ornaments when you can put your creativity to work and make truly amazing pieces. Visit yard sales and flea markets for old and discarded items you can repaint, restore, or reshape for your garden.
An old bicycle is ideal to hang small pots of flowers or turn its basket into a planter. An old bed frame is ideal to turn into a raised container and cover with colorful flowers. Let your imagination run free and have fun decorating your garden with your special creations.
Keep notes about your gardening endeavors
Gardening is the most successful when you learn about your mistakes. To do so, you should keep a journal about your flowers to follow their progress and adapt your methods. That way you will know the challenges and be able to overcome them for the next season, especially when it comes to annual plants.
Another useful way to monitor your plants is by labeling. Try this when planting from seeds or seedlings to know where your plants are and preserve order. Making labels is a small DIY project and most of the supplies you already have, like glue, wooden sticks, and cardboard.
The bottom line
If you are looking for an inspiring DIY project, gardening is among the most perfect ones. Creating your dream flower garden is a great way to spend your leisure time and do something nice for yourself. Just follow these simple steps and you will enjoy fragrant blooms and colorful sights by your home.