How To Use Annuals In Landscaping Your Garden

Written by Paul Curran


An annual, fromrepparttar point of view ofrepparttar 113351 amateur gardener, is any plant which must be replaced each year and which flowers only once in its life. Annuals generally are grown from seed. The chief advantage of annuals over perennials is their low cost. Thousands of plants can be grown from a single packet of seeds.

Annuals are also very decorative, and providerepparttar 113352 best source of flowers for cutting. Their season of bloom is relatively long, as well. Their chief disadvantage isrepparttar 113353 late date at which they bloom. If annuals are used alone in a bed or border, a good part ofrepparttar 113354 season will pass with little to show inrepparttar 113355 way of color.

Annuals are also of use as a filler between shrubs set some distance apart. This permitsrepparttar 113356 shrub to grow, yet prevents too stark an appearance. The sowing of annuals, of course, depends uponrepparttar 113357 class to which they belong. The hardier flowers, such as larkspur, poppies and cornflowers, can be profitably planted in late fall. The ground preparation must be just as careful as for spring planting.

Planting in fall is advantageous since it per mitsrepparttar 113358 flowers to get an early startrepparttar 113359 following spring. Certain other hardy annuals can be planted early in spring as soon asrepparttar 113360 ground is workable. It is a good idea to start some ofrepparttar 113361 less hardy annuals in seed pots, or in coldframes, as early as March. Otherwise, these plants cannot be set out until all danger of frost is gone. Outdoor planting of annuals inrepparttar 113362 spring follows thorough soil preparation.

The seedbed must be carefully pulverized with a rake after it has been prepared and prior to planting. Eliminate all lumps. The seeds are sown broadcast inrepparttar 113363 patch selected, and then are lightly covered with soil. The soil may be gently tamped after repparttar 113364 covering is completed. The patch should be identified with a stake and some sort of sign. Flower seeds are best planted near repparttar 113365 surface.

How To Use Flower Beds In Landscaping Your Garden

Written by Paul Curran


The loveliness of flowering plants needs little embellishment by description. Certainly every gardener seeksrepparttar beauty and color that can be brought to his grounds by a variety of flowers. The proper arrangement of flower beds in your garden and attentive care to them can insure you a continuing bloom of lovely flowers year after year.

For with planning, it is possible to maintain flowers in your garden duringrepparttar 113350 entire length ofrepparttar 113351 growing season. Borders and beds are planted with flowering annuals and perennials which bloom at different periods duringrepparttar 113352 year. By choosing carefully initially, and by caring forrepparttar 113353 flowers thereafter,repparttar 113354 blooms will overlap each other, so that there will never be a period when an old bloom disappears but that a new one will start to show its color.

Preparingrepparttar 113355 soil for flower beds or borders requires greater care than planting a lawn. For one thing, digging must be deeper. It is not too much to digrepparttar 113356 bed 2 feet deep, although 1 1/2 feet is suitable. It is, of course, possible to grow flowers in a shallower bed than this, butrepparttar 113357 deeper you dig,repparttar 113358 better your production will be.

All heavy lumps should be broken up. It is a good idea to spread some sand, cinders or ashes inrepparttar 113359 bottom soil to break it up. Also, you might work manure, well-rotted compost, grass clippings or peat moss intorepparttar 113360 bottom. Do not firmrepparttar 113361 bottom soil down, but let it settle naturally.

Good loam should be used forrepparttar 113362 topsoil e.g., well-rotted manure, humus, peat moss, well-sifted leaf mold or heavy sand. Wood ashes are fine for spring, and lime may be used for looseningrepparttar 113363 soil. You might think aboutrepparttar 113364 character of your soil and considerrepparttar 113365 particular fertilizer which containsrepparttar 113366 elements your soil needs most. Should you use manure, be careful not to let it touchrepparttar 113367 roots of plants.

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