Where to Start and What to Grow in Your Flower Gardens
By Marie Iannotti, About.com Guide
- Ornamental Grasses
- Trees, Shrubs, Vines & Ground Covers
- Container Gardening
- Garden Design - Putting it All Together
- Garden Photos for Ideas and Inspiration
Gardens should start with the soil, but most of us don't have the patience for that. So here's some help to get you moving in the right direction, whether you're looking for info on a particular plant, design direction or you are actually starting from the ground up.
Annual plants may live for only one season, but oh the difference they make in a garden. There's no better way to get non-stop color and performance.
- What is an Annual Plant?
- What is a Biennial Plant?
- Self-seeding Annuals - Garden Volunteers.
- Cool Season Annuals for Spring & Fall
Perennial plants and flowers are what make a garden look better and better with age. Choosing the right plants for your garden and keeping them growing well is what makes perennial gardening such an enjoyable journey for the gardener. There are always new perennials to try and new techniques to learn.
- What is a Perennial Plant
- Perennials for the New Gardener
- Low Maintenance Perennial Plants
- Long Blooming Perennial Plants
- Fall Blooming Perennials
- Caring for Perennial Plants
- How to Stake Perennials
- How to Divide Perennials
- Perennials to Cut Back in the Spring
- Perennials to Cut Back in the Fall
Somehow roses got a back rap for being difficult to grow. You may never grow an award-winning tea rose, but most roses will thrive in a garden. Choose varieties that will be happy in your area and give them plenty of sunshine, then sit back and smell the roses.
- Rose Gardening 101
- How and When to Prune Roses
- Preparing Roses for Winter
- Rose Problems
- Growing Roses Organically
Bulbs & Tubers
What would spring be without flowering bulbs? Bulbs take a little pre-planning, but they pay you back with years of blooms. Don't stop with spring bloomers. There are bulbs for every season and every garden.
- Spring Bulb FAQ
- How to Plant Bulbs
- Forcing Spring Bulbs
- Prechilling Spring Bulbs
- Warm Climates - Spring Blooming Bulbs for Warmer Climates
- Deer Resistant Spring Bulbs
- Spring Flowering Bulbs for Warm Climates
- Summer Flowering Bulbs
- Winter Care of Tender Bulbs
It's hard to remember when ornamental grasses weren't a fixture in every garden. Even if you can't tell them apart, you can still appreciate the texture and contrast they bring to a garden. And no plant could be easier to grow.
- Ornamental Grasses for Every Garden
- Ornamental Grasses for Containers
- Ornamental Grasses for Fall Color
- Ornamental Grasses for Winter Interest
Trees, Shrubs, Vines & Ground Covers
Few flower gardens are made up of flowers alone. Trees, shrubs and vines give a garden architecture and bones. Many also flower or add colorful and textured foliage. And groundcovers can carpet or edge a garden, as well as tease you along a garden path. Combine all these elements to create a mixed border that holds its interest all year long.
- How to Plant a Tree (video)
- Top Shrubs for the Home Garden
- Shrubs for Seasonal Interest, Attracting Birds and All Around Beauty
- Evergreens to Give a Garden Structure
- Evergreens for Privacy Hedges
- Fall Color from Shrubs and Vines
- Forcing Flower Trees and Shrubs into Bloom
- When to Prune Spring Bloomers
- Hydrangeas - The Big Question - When to Prune?
- Groundcovers - Sprawlers and Spillers
Container gardening is so much more than growing plants in a pot. You can create whole gardens in pots. And they're portable! It's also easier to control the growing environment of a container plant. Anything you can grow in the ground can be grown in a pot
- Tips for Great Container Gardens
- Choosing Containers and Pots
- Choosing Plants for Containers
- Combining Plants in Containers
- Plants for Fall Container Gardens
- Ornamental Grasses for Containers
- Photo Gallery of Container Garden Ideas
- Growing Vegetables in Containers
- Herb Gardening in Containers
Garden Design - Putting it All Together
Great garden design is one of those things you can't define, but you know it when you see it. Sure, there are rules and guidelines to get you started. But take the principles given here and make them your own. The best garden designs are the ones that reflect the gardener's joy in gardening.
- Garden Design Basics
- Evaluating Your Garden Site
- What Do You Want from Your Garden?
- Creating Focal Points
- Color in the Garden
- Tips for Having Color in the Garden All Season
- Planning a Great Fall Garden
- Re-designing Your Garden
- The Out of Control Garden
- Garden Design Fixes
- Garden Plans You Can Use or Adapt
Garden Photos for Ideas and Inspiration
A picture really is worth a thousand words. Take a peek here to see how other gardeners have created their personal gardens.