Flower Gardening – Organic Gardening Beneficial Environment Tips
Flower gardening is a wonderful way to be creative and dream. Flower gardening can be in your backyard can be a very relaxing place to work. Some of us have pools and have created a beautiful flower garden nearby. Our flower gardens can even bring many varieties of birds and butterflies and what a glorious way to bring us back to nature.
It doesn’t matter the size of your garden plot, your time and budget or personality, you can design a flower garden that depicts your personality and creativity but it will get you closer to nature.
Your flower gardening plans and set up may seem like a large task but a few basics will get you going on the right path.
Flower Gardening Methods: How to Get Closer to Nature
There are two basic methods of gardening. Unfortunately, the most common today uses harmful chemical products. These chemicals over a long period of time destroy the helpful soil organisms and throw flowers and other plants out of their natural balance.
This system of gardening unfortunately doesn’t strengthen the plant’s immune system and it is harmful to the environment. Today it is practiced by most commercial gardeners and farmers.
The preferred method is organic gardening, which will create a natural balance in your flower garden. This method uses the laws of nature to build healthy plants that can be resistant to pests and other harmful elements.
This is called Organic gardening and it focuses on building up the soil, using plants wisely, and maintaining an ideal balance. Organic gardeners recognize that pathogens attack weak plants that live in poor soil. An abundance of the natural organisms in the soil from fungi and earthworms give the best nutrients to the roots and will keep the flowers healthy.
Organic gardeners understand that some plants grown together will benefit the entire garden-ecosystem. A classic example would be Roses and garlic. Some plants grown together may actually create problems for overall garden health. We realize organic gardening is the closest to nature and beneficial to the environment and our families.
Flower Plants for the House
These are low growing and almost always blooming plants that are loved for their dainty little flowers which bloom high above the crown of the plant. There are many colors and sizes, and miniature and trailing versions that can grow in terrariums or any window that is facing east.
The bulb plant has very huge leaves and a large bloom that is shaped like a lily which is held high on tall stalks. These plants are usually bought during the winter season for a single stalk bloom but can also be grown year after year with a little bit of care. They love the sun and will reach to seek it.
This plant is a relative of the iris with flowers and leaves that are very similar. They are also referred to as walking iris because the stem will bend over with a new plant on its end so you can pot it to grow new plants to share.
There are many different types of leaves, blooms, and shapes from the huge to the ultra mini that there can be a stunning variety for any location.
This is a corm rooted plant with awesome flowers that resemble folded paper being held above beautiful rosettes of succulent leaves shaped like a heart. This plant will last many years in a cool room; they do not like full sun or heat.
This is one of the most fascinating plants. Its classical flowers hang down from the plant and they make beautiful hanging baskets. They can live for a long time. They need to be kept moist and they love the cool weather; some people will place ice cubes at the base of the plant on warm days to keep the roots cool.
This plant is a slow growing vine that has beautiful glossy green leaves and wonderfully scented flowers and is a nice plant for hanging baskets.
Moses in a Basket
This wonderful plant has leaves that are stiffly held together like rosettes. Once a year, the leaves will gather together like a basket and be filled with simple blooms. This plant makes a classic hanging plant or in a regular container so the leaves will gently fall over the edge.
The leaves of this plant resemble the clover and they have beautiful little flowers that will close up at night.
These flower shrubs can survive many years with a little care. Care needs to be taken of this plant because the branches have a sticky white sap that tends to get on anything.
The colorful bracts of the shrub are due to the dark and light hours in a day and for yearly survival need to spend time in a dark area for a portion of the day.
This is a fruit that grows on a shrub that is slow growing. It has green leaves, edible fruit, and simple looking flowers and is a great houseplant to add to our collection. It will do best in a window sill that receives full sun and we can grow them with grow lights.
This is simply a smaller and hardier version of the garden rose. It flowers in a sunny, cool windowsill or under some grow lights. Zebra Plant – These are flowering tropical plants that are best known for their white-veined green glossy leaves and very striking flowers. These plants are very easy to propagate just from some cuttings.
As we can see all of these flower plants can be grown as flowering house plants that can bring joy and relaxation to our home environment. Several of these plants can also be grown outdoors on a protected patio or deck during the spring and summer months. Wherever we decide to grow these flower plants
Want a fuller flower bed fast? All you have to do is transplant some hanging baskets or other larger pots of flowers in the ground. You’ll need fewer plants and you won’t have to wait for small ones to grow by doing this we are using our flower power.
Almost all nurseries and home and garden centers have a wide variety of hanging baskets. This method is a little more costly but if you plant seeds in the vacated baskets and leave them outside for the bees to pollinate you will have more flowers for your patio or deck in about a month.
Plants won’t thrive without the correct amount of sunlight. Full sun plants will need at least six hours of sunlight, (marigolds and petunias); partial shade plants up to four hours, (impatiens and violas). Full shade plants (begonias and coleus) will bloom without direct sun.
Some shade plants don’t bloom like your ferns but they are going to need a lot of shade, if they get too much sun the fronds will burn and you will have to cut them off. A good garden accessory for ferns would be an inexpensive umbrella if you think they are getting too much sun.
To prep your soil rake out debris, and turn the dirt with compost or slow-release fertilizer pellets. Read the plant tag for the placement of the plants – a foot apart might look silly with seedlings, but they’ll grow.
Before planting just pat the top of the cube and tickle the bottom to release the roots. Stagger plants as you go along; a straight line of flowers doesn’t look as natural. Once everything is planted soak it all down.
Plants and Flowers in Containers
The nice thing about plants and flowers is the fact that you can grow them in just many types of containers. Growing plants and flowers in containers is a great idea for those who do not have yards. They work wonders on patios, decks, balconies, windowsills and even on apartment building roof tops. Roof top container gardening has become very popular.
Another advantage to container gardening is you can move your plants and flowers around to get the full benefit of the sun and to prevent lopsided growing. If your yard does not have the proper soil, growing your plants in containers gives you the opportunity to plant them in a controlled pH potting mixture. Your plants and flowers will be much easier to reach and when you decide to move you can take them with you.
The first thing you want to do is choose a container that is big enough not only for the root ball of your plant but also room for it to grow. It should have an ample amount of drainage holes and the potting soil should contain peat, and perlite or vermiculite. Pebbles or marbles should be placed in the bottom of the pot before adding the potting mix; this way it will drain well without losing precious soil.
Place your plants and flowers as deep in the container as they were in their original pot. You may want to move the containers to their location before filling it to about an inch from the top with potting soil to allow for watering.
After watering, mulching the surface of the container will save the moisture and make your plant pleasant to view. You may need to water on a daily basis if the temperature is very dry. You always want to use a low pressure stream of water directly at the soil; if you water from above the water will usually be deflected away.
So even if you do receive rain always check to see that the container received enough water. If you water too often all the nutrients will get washed away so fertilizing once a month will help.
As the seasons change and the position of sun changes, you can move the plant and flower containers to a shady or sunny spot in order to fit the needs of the plant.
Just remember that when you are growing plants and flowers in containers that they are much more dependent on you to provide them the necessities they need for life. Their roots are restricted, they have a limited amount of soil, and they are exposed to the elements far more than if they were grown in the ground. It is important for the health of the plant to be on top of their watering and feeding needs.
The container plants will dry out much quicker and will need watering more often. If you are not sure if your plant needs watering just stick your finger into the soil and if it is dry, water thoroughly.
During the dry season and dry winds you will probably need to water your container plants and flowers even more; but remember to fertilize at least once month due to the fact the water probably washed away most of the nutrients. Staying on top of this will keep your plants healthy for a long time.
Once again, the best lessons for planning your flower garden come from nature. Take the time to closely observe plantings in local plant communities and get familiar with the different forms of plants that exist in nature.
It may be a good idea to shop at your family-owned nurseries that specialize in the natives. They are usually helpful and more knowledgeable than the larger chains and will be able to give you tips on planting.
You may also want to chat with your neighbors about their gardens and what has worked for them. It may also give you some good ideas.