Horticulture experts and casual not-so-green thumbs will all benefit from a little guidence about caring for different types of flowers. With a little know-how, we can be better at caring for the yard landscaping. When lucky enough to be treated with a bouquet for a vase, the flowers will last longer, and some will take this knowledge to grow a home nursery or small business.
One of the first parts in designing home landscaping is checking the growing conditions: is the area best suited for shady or sunny plants? What are the water conditions? What kind of soils are present? Answering these questions and knowing what agricultural zone you are in will help prepare ideas for the landscape. Different types of flowers flourish in some areas, where in another they won’t grow or some types of flowers won’t bloom well. This will narrow down the options for types of plants.
If there is a big space to fill with flowers and bedding plants, consider this idea. Come up with three different types of flowers, or categories: there should be fillers, a highlight group, then the centerpiece plants, in decreasing amounts. Scatter the area with about 50% of the fillers, 35% of the space with the highlight flowers, and 15% are for the centerpiece. When choosing different types of flowers for each category, the shortest flowers are the fillers, highlights are medium height and the centerpieces are the tallest, whatever that is according to your taste. This style of a big flower bed will create interest and unity. Figure out where you want the centerpieces, consider sprawling them out in partial curves throughout the bed, pad the highlight flowers up around the centerpieces, then use the rest of the space with the fillers. As you think of the different types of flowers that you like, in colors that compliment your theme, the design will come to life.
When you plan this kind of design into your landscape, there may be other plants along the borders and in other locations. Also while you choose what to plant all around, think about the blooming times that you are going to have in your yard. Different kinds of flowers have their show time at certain periods throughout the year. If you want to really drop the jaws of your neighbors for a packed two or three weeks, then choose flowers that all bloom at about the same time. Warning with this method, the rest of the weeks are going to be really boring at your place. Typically, landscapers choose plants that bring interest periodically, at alternate times of the other plants in the yard or flower bed. This way there is something to smile about all spring, summer, fall, and even in the winter.
If cut flowers are your thing, some types of flowers are better than others at showing off in a vase. As much as we all love the smell of lilacs, its really difficult to bring the natural scent indoors for more than a day. On the other hand, roses and even more so, mums, daisies and carnations last much longer.
Changing the water in the vase every day or every other day will help. Use warmer to room temperature water to help the plant soak it up. Also, when you first get your flowers, cut the ends again when you get to the kitchen sink. This fresh cut should be done on an angle, about 45 degrees, and under running water, then go straight into the vase.
These guidelines will help the regular homeowner feel more like an expert, while still having their own time to stop and smell the flowers.