What You Need To Know This Before Planting Your Flower Garden

by Don Russell 04/07/2019

Add beauty and serenity to your new home be designing a flower garden. Creating a flower garden doesn’t have to be a huge time-consuming chore if you don’t want it to be. In fact, with the right plant selections, it can be fairly low-maintenance year round.

Here’s what you need to know about designing a flower garden:

Start by taking note of where you would like to place your flower beds. You’ll want to have a good idea of how much sunlight and shade this area receives as well as the soil quality.

It’s good to know how quickly the soil dries out or how much it retains moisture to best understand which plants will thrive here and which might need extra care.

If you’re looking for a low maintenance garden you’ll want to pick plants that will naturally thrive in these conditions with needing you to fuss over them very much.

Start your garden small, especially if this is your first, as you can always expand later but it will be more difficult to shrink down. You’ll also want to keep the types of plants you have in mind when planning size.

Plan based on the sizing of a mature plant and not the size you initially take it home as. This will prevent overcrowding which will keep all of your plants happy and look best visually.

Trace out the shape of your garden and test how easy it is to maintain the lawn around it. This way you will know exactly what to expect when doing law maintenance and can avoid any particular tricky corners or shapes to navigate.   

When planning placement of your flowers arrange plants by height with the tallest blooms in the back and shortest up front. This ensures that every flower will have equal access to sunlight without taller plants overshadowing those below them.  

You will also want to plan the depth of your flower beds so that you can access even the furthest reaches with ease. Don’t create hard to reach spots that make it easy for weeds or pests to take root and flourish just out of your reach.

Visually it is best to plant at least three plants of a kind. Whether you cluster them together or spread them out is up to you. As you plot out the expanse of your garden carries colors of flowers through all of your beds for a cohesive look across your yard.

It’s best to plan to add more than just flowering greenery. Shrubbery, ornamental grass and foliage add texture and interest year round. It keeps your garden looking full during periods without blooms and allows said blooms to really pop when they are in season.

About the Author
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Don Russell

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Don holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of California At Berkeley. He has spent his career as a Real Estate and Development professional on the West Coast of the US, as well as holding many executive Real Estate positions with a large multi-national company. He speaks and reads Spanish fluently.

Don spent more than 15 years of his career living and working in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the late 1990's, he returned from living in Mexico City to reside and work out of South Florida. This was his first taste of the "Florida lifestyle" and he was "hooked". Prior to his last foreign venture in Los Cabos, Mexico, Don lived in South Beach, Palm Beach and Amelia Island, Florida.

In Los Cabos, Don oversaw the development of a large high-end golf course community. He was directly or indirectly responsible for the sales and development of many high-end oceanfront properties ranging from $5 to $10 million. Having a Real Estate and Development/Construction background all woven into one professional, Don was able to provide the necessary daily attention to detail to all aspects of his projects and maintain excellent relationships with the buyers. Known for his organizational skills, great communication skills and follow-up, he was always receiving great accolades from all parties involved in his work.

After more than 5 years in Los Cabos, Don made the decision it was time to return to the states. As in the past, Florida was harkening to him in the back of his mind. so he set out for a new adventure. A friend suggested he come take a look at the West Coast of Florida, particularly Sarasota, and after one trip, that new adventure started!

After moving to Sarasota 5 years ago, Don obtained his Florida Real Estate License and became a member of the industry in Sarasota. As your professional Realtor, whether you are buying or selling, Don will provide you with the best service available in the marketplace. Whether you are relocating to the Sarasota area or already living in this wonderful area, Don is here to make your Real Estate goals happen hassle free! Se habla Espanol!