How to plan an annual flower garden
How to plan an annual flower garden – Annuals are plants that complete their entire growing cycle (germinate, bloom, set seed and die) in one year, according to University of Minnesota Extension. In other words, they must be replaced each year.
Annuals are great to plant in a cut flower garden. They can also be planted in perennial garden beds to fill in after early blooming Link Slot Pulsa perennials have faded.
Pushing your shopping cart through your local home improvement store or supercenter, you’re probably overwhelmed with the vast number of choices of flower seeds and bulbs to choose from. Or, if you’ve leafed through seed catalogs lately, you’ll find even more choices of seeds, seedlings and bulbs.
Here are some tips for planning an annual flower garden, from choosing flowers to arranging them.
How to plan an annual flower garden: Location
Hardiness zones, soil types and amounts of Agen MPO sun and shade are factors to consider while planning the location of your annual flower garden.
You need to choose seeds, seedlings or bulbs that are known to grow well in your hardiness zone. If you’re an Ohioan, you live in hardiness zone 5b, 6a or 6b. If you’re not familiar with USDA hardiness zones, read up here.
Some plants behave differently depending on the growing zone, so it’s important to grow annuals that will be able to tolerate your climate.
Annuals are classified as hardy, half-hardy or tender, based on the temperatures they can tolerate. According to Minnesota State University Extension and Universpurple and yellow pansiesity of Missouri Extension,
Hardy annuals can be directly sown, may bloom late Agen Slot Pulsa in the season and may thrive in cooler temperatures but wilt in hot weather.
Examples: pansies, snapdragons
Half-hardy annuals are sown indoors, will bloom in late spring or early summer, may bloom again in the fall and can tolerate some cooler temperatures.
Examples: petunias, calendulas
Tender annuals require a longer growing season and bloom late in the season. They can’t tolerate cool temperatures.
Examples: marigolds, zinnias
purple petuniasIt is recommended that you test your soil before planting so that you can properly amend it to balance nutrients for plant growth. Learn more about how to test your garden’s soil.
Soil drainage, moisture retention and soil aeration are other factors that should be considered before planting. To test soil drainage, University of North Carolina Cooperative Extension recommends digging a 10-inch deep hole and filling it with water. Allow it to drain, then fill it with water again. If the water is drained after 8-10 hours, then the site has acceptable drainage for most flowers. If soil doesn’t drain, excess moisture and poorly aerated soil may result.