This is it. This is the year you finally create that beautiful flower garden you’ve always wanted- a garden perfect and eye catching!
However, there is a reason you haven’t gotten to your dream flower garden yet.
Perhaps it’s because you aren’t sure which flowers to buy- or it could be because you aren’t sure how to design your flower bed.
Whether you are excited to be creating your first flower garden, or you are a seasoned pro just wanting a new update, we have steps you can take to plan your perfect garden.
Figure Out Your Zone
It is very important to determine which plant hardiness zone you live in. The map to the left is color coded by zone. Let’s say we were based in central Texas. Judging by the map, we’d be in zone 8a or 8b. Different plants will grow better in different zones.
For example, dahlias are only winter hardy in zones 8-11. Winters in northern zones are too cold for these beautiful flowers. Figure out which zone you are in and then do research on the flowers you want to have in your garden to see if they will thrive in your area or not!
Pick Out Your Flowers
Knowing your plant hardiness zone can really help you pick out the flowers you want in your garden. You may dream of having dahlias in your garden, but if you live in upstate New York, you might want to settle for more cold-hardy flowers or consider growing indoors.
Once you know which flowers are best for your zone, start narrowing it down to your favorites. Which colors would look best together?
Our free Smart Plant and Tree Care app has hundreds of flowering plants you can sort through based on those specifications you can look through.
Don’t forget to take into account the design of your house, yard, and any other buildings around! If you are new to growing flowers, you might enjoy trying sunflowers, zinnias, pansies, daffodils, or cosmos. But if you are out for a challenge, you could try gardenias, tea roses, or dahlias.
Our suggestion? Try an early-blooming shrub that will spice up your garden almost all year long!
Put It All Together
So now you’ve decided on your flowers- now what? It can seem like a daunting task to design a flower garden- but no worries, it’s actually easier than you may think!
Think about how much time you have to dedicate to caring for your flower garden. If you have less time, you might want to opt for growing your flowers in pots or raised beds.
This way, you will have less space to weed and it will also be easier to water your flowers. Another question to ask yourself is, what catches your eye with other people’s gardens? Do they have a certain type of raised bed? Do they have a unique pattern of how their flowers are planted?
You can get design inspo just about anywhere- including on Pinterest (*cough* our Pinterest page *cough*😉). Make a list of things you like and then implement them in your own garden!
The Perfect Plant For Everyone
If you’re excited about getting your garden going and are looking for early blooming plants, we some great suggestions for you!
Nature Hills Nursery, America’s largest online plant nursery, just got in some brand-new, exclusive Crape Myrtles!
These flowering shrubs can bloom as early as June. If you can get past the mouthwatering names of these plants, you’ll find out that these myrtles are show stoppers that will grab the attention of anyone near your flower garden!
Questions? Feel free to drop some below in the comments or reach out to us on any of our social media pages! We’d love to help you create the colorful flower garden of your dreams!