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.

A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing Landscaping Flowers

A garden without flowers is similar to a painting without color. The fact that flowers do much more than just lend color to your landscape adds to the appeal factor. However, choosing the right kinds of flowering plants can be quite a difficult decision because of the sheer variety available.

These few tips outlined below will help you hone in on the flowers you want to beautify your garden.

Perennial versus Annual

Perennial flowers are usually more popular because they bloom year after year, giving your garden a fresh look with each blooming season. Annuals only last for a season, but they usually flower right from spring all the way through autumn. Depending on what type of flowers you prefer, you can choose daisies or daylilies (perennials), or go with flowers like marigold and petunias, which are annuals. You can even have a mix of both so your garden has some color throughout the year no matter what season. Annuals are more convenient in containers because you will be re-planting them every year.

Native versus Exotic

The reason you see many gardens in a particular area having the same theme of flowers is that they’re probably native to that climate. The obvious advantage with natives is that you know they will be able to survive your local weather conditions. Exotic flowering plants are certainly more sought-after, but they may need more care than natives, and may not survive at all, depending on how traumatic the climate difference is between their native region and your area. Nevertheless, many people are willing to risk the trouble to protect and nurture their exotic plants because they are so visually appealing.

Color Themes versus Random Color

Finding different flowering plants of a particular color is not challenging, but if you want some variety, then mix and match the colors you think you will like best. Contrasting colors can go beautifully together, especially if you choose flowers that bloom at the same time. There’s also a color wheel you can use to select contrasting or analogous hues for your garden color theme. For example, blue, pink and purple are analogous to each other, as are yellow, orange and red. The final effect is what you’re going for, so try to imagine your garden with those colors and see if you like it.

Plant Size

This is an important factor affecting your decision; the flowering plants need to be arranged in a way that all of them are visible from every angle. If it’s a central piece, then the tallest plants go in the middle, with the shorter ones on the periphery. On the other hand, if they’re up against a wall, the tall ones go behind the shorter ones. This type of arrangement ensures maximum visibility for all your plants.

Choosing the right types of flowering plants can be fun when you’re putting in a landscape garden for the first time. It’s certainly a lot of work, but the final look will be more than worth the effort and money you spend on the project.