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How to Start a Flower Garden From Scratch

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If you’re looking how to start a flower garden from scratch, read on.

I love flowers. Well, who doesn’t? We want to see fresh flowers growing at home every day, so I found ways on how to grow flowers in my own backyard garden. Now, I have never been so happy! Each day, I spend some quality time with them and I feel more relaxed. If you are curious as to how I did it, read on! This article is about how to start a flower garden from scratch.

With so many lovely flowers to pick from on your garden, you may feel overwhelmed when you are capable of beginning a flower garden. Before studying the instructions on how to start a flower garden from scratch, don’t forget about sunlight exposure of the place where you desire to grow plants.

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How To Start a Flower Garden From Scratch

Sunlight Requirements

The main factor dictating which plants you can plant is light. All other factors can be changed such as watering soil, adding compost and manure, or adjusting soil pH. This can be done by adding lime and different substances. Light, however, is determined by adjoining buildings, your garage or mature trees, things that you cannot change.

Your place should receive 6 or more hours of full sunlight everyday. It may even recieve a little sunlight exposure which is around 3 to 6 hours of sunlight a day. However, there are also plants that can grow in shade. That is, a place receiving 3 hours or even lesser, of sunlight per day.


You’ll regularly see shade terms such as light shade or deep shade to describe a plant’s light requirements. But isn’t shade simply coloration? And how much does “part sunny” imply?

Deep or dense shade or complete shade is usually found at the north sides of buildings. It may also be found in partitions or below bushes with low branches and dense leaves. No direct sunlight reaches the floor.

Partial shade is in areas that get direct morning sun (on the east aspect of buildings) or afternoon sun (on the west side of structures) but none at noon, from approximately 10:00 to 2:00 P.M.

Light colour, dappled shade is found under trees with high branches or sparse foliage.

Part sunlight is the same as part shade except plants that like sun also tolerate noon sun.

Full sun means that these places get hold of direct daylight for at the least 6 hours or more every day. This is inclusive of some or all the noon hours.


The warmth of the sun, even greater than actual light, inspires plants to grow. Sunlight from the east (morning mild) is cooler, and western sun (afternoon mild) may be so hot. Other plants are able to endure even hot conditions. A plant’s tolerance, of path, varies by means of region. You can place the same plant in a sunnier spot within the  North than inside the South.

A few signs and symptoms that a plant is getting too much sun include lower petals dry out, leaf edges look burnt or dried. Also, the lower color looks diminished or washed out and the plant begins to weaken and droop.

Signs and symptoms that a plant isn’t getting enough light include growth that is sparse, stems are lanky and spindly. The distance among leaves, in which they’re connected to the stems, is particularly wide. You see fewer flower buds and, thus, fewer flowers and the complete plant leans closer to the light resources.

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Best Time to Plant

If you are a newbie gardener, you’ll have better future in growing your new flower garden if you happen to buy healthy plants in the spring as a substitute. This is rather than by grow your plants from seeds. Wait until the winter ends to plant your flowers outside.


Well, spring and early summer time are lovely times to plant in the garden. There’s plenty of work to be performed then. This is a time for sowing seeds, filling gaps and tidying up. However, the best time to plant is simply at the end of the summer time / autumn / early winter. If you consider it, the soil is still warm. Also, the plants are preparing to wind down and there is less strain on maintaining things watered. The days are shorter, the sun is cooler and plants have some time to settle in. They also have time to establish themselves before they need to reawaken once more in spring and start the use of their roots.


Now that we have plastic pots for most plants (perennials, grasses, shrubs and smaller bushes ) they can be planted all through the 12 months. The only downside of planting in spring or summer season is that you need to water more. This is  because they may be developing any additional roots and are warm.

Types of Flowers

Flowers are divided into several types. Essentially, the most common flowers are annuals or perennials. We usually plant annuals every year. Perennials return from rootstock each year and grow bigger. There are other forms of flowers like biennials. However,  if you’re a newbie gardener you should primarily deal with just two types of flowers.


You can start on some annuals that are easy to grow. These include petunias, geraniums, marigolds, alyssums and pansies. If your garden is in a shady area, you can try impatiens. They also grow in sunny areas, however they will need more watering if exposed to sunlight. You can also plant coleus in shady areas.


When selecting perennials for the garden, consider their mature height. This is for you to determine their placement within your flower garden. You must plant taller perennials in the back of the garden so they will not block your view of smaller flowers.

Some perennials that you can plant in sunny areas include daylilies, Echinacea, daisies of all types, gaillardia and sedum.

You can plant hosta in shady areas. It has lovely foliage ranging from light lime green to blue-green and white or purple flowers. You can also plant ferns and astilbe, which has special spikes of frothy flowers.

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This is how to start a flower garden from scratch, the UGR ‘s way. No matter what your experience is, you can still have a blooming flower garden in your life. But in order for you to succeed as a flower gardener, you should know how flowers grow and the things that they need.



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