Give Your Garden the Sparkle it Deserves

If you love having guests over as most people do, then it’s a good chance that your garden will be the ultimate spot for one or many of your get-togethers. And as the host, you want the garden to look extra distinctive and have that undeniable comfortable, welcoming feel.

What not add some classical, lively flowers to your garden? Simply roll up your sleeves and plant a few in prominent spots. Before you know it, your garden will start teeming with life. Here are some of the best flowers you can use during any time of the year.

Poinsettia ( EuphobiaPulcherimma)

This one-of-a-kind Mexican beauty will most likely stand out more than all the other flowers. Its species name ‘pulcherimma’ comes from a Latin adjective ‘pulcher’ which means ‘handsome’ or ‘beautiful’. It is traditionally grown as a flower pot for home use during Christmas. However, it can also be used anytime of the year in the landscapes as an informal flowering hedge or an accent plant for its showy red bracts commonly referred to as the flower.

When planting Poinsettia, ensure that the soil is well moist, fertile and fast draining. Get a pot of about a foot deeper than the root ball or just dig a hole. Fill the pot or hole with enough compost and soil to allow the plant to sit on its root crown flush with the soil level. Water the plant thoroughly but gently. This will control weeds, get rid of air pockets and allow the soil to conserve moisture by mulching with organic materials.

Ivies

Yet another beauty queen, Ivies bring life to a garden with its unmistakable sparkle. Keep in mind that there are several kinds of ivies. The best one, as most landscape experts often state, is the English Ivy (Hedera helix). Trained to grow over pergolas and trellises, the English Ivy is one of the hardest ground covers or climbers.

Plant the ivy in a beautiful hanging basket for a charming and unique effect in the veranda, on the balcony, or inside the house. Be extra cautious about where you hang the flower as the English Ivy will climb any object around it. Keeping it neat and trimmed is a smart idea unless you want it to travel and cover every space it finds. (Some people prefer that effect). Add a sprinkle of lime to the base of the container or planting hole and be patient. English Ivies usually take time to start growing. However, once they start, you will be chasing to keep them in check.

Christmas rose

Like its name suggests, it is one of the best flowers you can have in your garden at Christmas time. It is an evergreen perennial that grows about a foot tall before blossoming with shinny, dark green, leathery leaves. As they age, they produce conspicuous white flowers that turn deep salmon or pink as they mature even further.

Despite the fact that Christmas roses are durable and easy to grow, take note of a few protective measures. Protect the flower from strong winds and ensure they grow in partial shade.  The soil on which you plant the flower must be deep, fertile, well moist and generously enriched with compost or peat moss.

Tips for Maintaining Your Flower Garden

Is your flower garden ready to spread its wings for the summer? The sun is out and the birds are chirping and flowers are in full bloom. For the proud homeowner, their flower gardens are their pride and joy and maintaining them is a relaxing and enjoyable pleasure.

You would be hard pressed to find a flower gardener who doesn’t have a passion for the activity. From rose bushes to lilies and everything in between, the gift of flowers never disappoints. Gardeners spend their weekends taking in the rays and throwing on their gloves excited and ready to leave the workweek behind to be alone with their precious gardens.

For passionate gardeners, every tip can be a lifesaver. So, if you live and breathe your garden, let these tips help you hone your craft so you can continue to enjoy your hobby.

Compost

If you have a rainy season where you live or you just want compost on demand, consider making and saving compost. You will be “going green” and also supplying your soil with the nutrients it needs. Seasonal rain can leave the soil empty, and compost will be essential for those times when nutrients are needed most. Compost can be created from your garden leftovers and not only saves you on garbage disposal, but also helps the environment.

Sunlight

 

Most gardeners know where to plant flowers that need a lot of sun, but they forget about shade from neighboring plants. Avoid simply planting flowers wherever you like. You may want a certain type for a specific spot, but if the flower dies due to a lack of sunlight, it won’t be worth the gamble. If a flower needs sunlight, not only must it be planted in a certain area, it also must be planted away from towering plants that will block its sun. Before you plant, plot out the area on paper so you can visualize their placement to ensure they will have the appropriate amount of sunlight.
Don’t Cut Corners!

 

The corners are often a neglected area of the garden. If left untamed, weeds and greenery will expand into the area and make your garden appear smaller. To ensure your corners stay colorful and free of unwanted weeds, plant bright, colorful flowers that draw attention so the garden looks as big as it is beautiful.

Additional tips:

Do you have a nice lawn? There is nothing more beautiful than to ground a flower garden with plush, green grass. Another tip is to use natural elements to care for the soil instead of artificial substances. Flowers thrive in their natural environment and will do best with care that mimics what nature would provide. Additionally, don’t be afraid to add decorative features to your garden. Enhance the colors of the flowers and pull the entire landscape together with some decorative elements such as rocks, pavers, fountains and statues. As long as they don’t interfere with the growth of the flowers, they will enhance the look of your garden.

Enjoy!