Any garden would never be complete without flowers. If you aim to grow a garden that you will be really proud of, growing flowers is the best way to go. There are several ways to grow different kinds of flowers in your garden, and these are not complicated or hard to follow.

For those who do not have enough experience or those who are growing flowers for the first time, there are a few easy steps you can take to succeed in your new project.

1. The first step is to be very enthusiastic by putting your heart into the project that you are about to start. You have to study and understand the kind of flowers that you would like to start planting. It would not be good if you do not know anything about the kinds of flowers that you want in your garden.

2. Next thing to do is to find the right tools for your garden. Sometimes, all you need would be the simplest tools that you can ever find in any gardening supply store. One of the best tools that you need to have is a pair of pruners, which can help you clip off excess leaves, stems and dried flowers. A small spade is also important to dig and loosen the soil around your flowering plants. And if you want to clean the surroundings, you can use a garden rake or hoe.

A garden sprinkler or a sprinkler system would also be necessary to keep the

plants watered at all times.

3. Choose annual flowers or plants to start with. These flowers are easy to grow and most of these flowers do not need a lot of tending. Growing flowers that belong to the annuals require basic gardening skills. You have to make sure that you plant them in places where they can absorb enough sunlight. They should be spaced properly as well as given light fertilizing.

4. The quality of the soil is also important. You have to check the quality of the soil and see if it requires any fertilizer or if you have to water them first before you start planting. You should remember that the perfect garden soil should have the texture of a soft and crumbly sponge cake which is easy to break apart and dig in.

5. Growing flowers should also be based on each plant’s requirement in terms of the amount of sunlight that they need. You have to group the plants depending on their shade and sun requirements.

6. Lastly, before paying for the flowers, make sure that you read the labels. Most of the time the labels would have the required sunlight, water and soil quality which can help you make sure that you keep your plants healthy.
If you decide to start your flower garden and plant annuals, you should decide whether you would like annuals that grow best under warm weather or those that do not. Remember that warm weather annual flowers would not grow under the cold weather. The best way to plant them would be to sow the seeds in rows. Spaces are required to let them grow evenly.

Flowers can be used to plant in place of perennial other annual plants. You can use them as fillers because they are inexpensive and will definitely keep you busy while waiting for the time to plant other crops.

Flower gardening can help blend and set the ambiance you would want your garden to show. Choose flowers with vibrant colors like Shasta daisies, which will automatically bring life to any dull garden. Marigolds are also great for your flower garden because they grow with varied heights and colors.

So the next time you decide to start a garden, growing flowers should be on top of your gardening list. The colors that these flowers bring to your garden will not only serve you aesthetically but will also serve as your best form of therapy and relaxation after a hectic and tiring week.

Growing from seed
Growing flowers from seed is not always a trouble-free occupation. Hardy and half-hardy annuals in particular are not the easiest things to grow - they need care, good soil, plenty of light and water. There is nothing to be gained by buying a packet of seeds and scattering it about on a piece of dry, weedy soil - you might just as well give up, or wait to buy bedding plants at a shop. Gardening is not entirely easy and carefree, and you must care for and love the plants and treat them well.

Perennials
Perennials are bought as plants from nurseries or garden centres and can also be grown from seed. They live for years, dying down in winter and coming up again in the spring. In late autumn mark their place with a label or stick, it is amazing how easy it is to have forgotten where they are by spring.

They are generally sown during the summer in a well-dug and prepared seed bed. If the weather is dry they must be well-watered. In temperate climates the smaller seeds should be sown in a greenhouse or propagator at 13 F) in seed compost in spring. Many perennials sown this early will flower and can be picked the same summer    Hollyhocks, Asters and Aquilegia (Columbine) for example. The seedlings should be carefully pricked out into a frame or protected bed and after three to five months they can go into their permanent positions. Many, naturally, can be bought as plants, but the best way of all to acquire plants is from friends' gardens.

When your perennials are firmly established remember that large clumps need lifting and dividing every two to three years.

Hardy biennials
These can be sown in a greenhouse in a temperature of 13 F), or in a prepared seed bed in the garden in early summer. Keep the seedlings well-watered and in early autumn, when they have grown into bushy, plump little plants, plant them out into their places for spring. Some, such as Wallflowers, Brompton Stock and Iceland Poppies will flower in their first year if sown early. (Poppies should go on seeding themselves.)

Hardy annuals
These can be sown into seed boxes in seed compost but are more usually sown into their flowering positions in a well-prepared bed. The ground should have been dug over in the winter and forked and raked to a fine tilth (that is, with no lumps). Seeds are sown evenly in fairly dry soil in late spring, raked lightly over and watered with a fine rose on the watering can (too rough a spurt of water might knock them right out of the ground). Water them every day if the weather is dry and hot. When the seedlings come up close together thin them out when they are two or three inches high, to about three-quarters of their ultimate height apart. (If for example they will grow to a height of two feet, then plant them 18 inches away from each other.)

Half-hardy annuals
These are, of course, not as easy to grow as the hardy varieties, and could be bought from a nursery early in the summer as plants.Sow the seeds in pots or seed boxes in spring, in a heated greenhouse, frame or propagator, and keep the soil moist at all times. Prick the seedlings out into a box of potting compost (about 30-35 to a box) holding them by their leaves and never touching or disturbing the roots. Then keep them somewhere warm and protected.

When all danger of frost is past gradually harden off the seedlings. Put them outside in the open in a sheltered spot in their boxes during the day, and return them to their warm protected quarters at night. In early summer plant them out in the bed.
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