What do you do when you don’t have a green thumb or a lot of time? With a bit of thoughtful planning, you can still have a lovely flower garden or a collection of pretty pots to accent your patio. So read on for some great tips on how to have beautiful blooming plants without the hassles.
Take Time to Prepare
As with any type of project, a bit of research and investment at the outset saves time, energy, and money as the project progresses. Selecting a premium brand of garden or potting soil that’s designed to control moisture level and which contains fertilizer is the best investment you can make for your flower garden. Assuring a steady supply of food and water promotes natural plant health and wellness.
If purchasing pots, choose plastic over clay, as clay can pull moisture from the soil. When planting in the ground, be sure to dig deeply, allowing room for the roots to spread. Add peat or other appropriate materials to make the soil heavier or lighter as the site requires. If possible, check the soil’s pH and choose plants that require the type at your site.
Select Flowers That Aren’t Fussy About Water
Don’t have a hose handy? Is it too much work to lug a watering can? Try these flowers that don’t require a lot of moisture. To plant a balcony garden or a make a cottage cheery with window boxes pick blooming plants that don’t require water.
Pick Pretty Plants That Live in the Sunshine but Tolerate Shade
Want to plant a pot and move it about or make a flower patch in a spot that receives full sun in the morning, but none after noontime? Many flowering plants can adapt to varying degrees of light. Check out this list of flowers that perform well in mixed light conditions.
Bedding Season Doesn’t Need to Mean Deadheading Season
Picking off spent blooms daily, as required by traditional petunias and other flowers that need attention to keep blooming, is time-consuming. Look for flowers that don’t require deadheading.
Find Flowers That Need Almost No Maintenance
With these tips you won’t have to spend all your time and efforts just to have beautiful blooms in your yard and garden. Use a few or all of them and your friends and family will rave. You’ll be the envy of your neighborhood, too.