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Helpful Tips for Flower Garden Landscaping

May 1, 2023 | Gardens

Even though there is still snow on the ground it is time to start thinking about flower garden landscaping for the coming year. With proper planning, the garden can have color from Spring until late Fall.

Local Plants

When planning a flower garden, it’s important to choose local plants. Local plants are well-suited to our region’s climate and soil, making them easier to grow and maintain. They also provide a valuable source of food and shelter for native wildlife, helping to maintain the ecological balance of the Washington, D.C., and Suburban Maryland area.

One excellent native plant choice for the region is the Blue Wild Indigo. This perennial produces stunning indigo-blue flowers in the summer and is known for attracting a variety of pollinators, including bees and butterflies. The Wild Blue Indigo is also an important host plant for the larvae of several species of butterfly.

Another beautiful native plant for a D.C. area garden is the Virginia Iris. This hardy perennial produces striking blue-purple flowers in the spring and is known for its attractive foliage. The Virginia Iris is well adapted to the region’s climate and soil conditions.

If you’re looking for a show-stopping native plant for your garden, the Turk’s Cap Lily is a great choice. This tall, elegant plant produces stunning orange-red flowers with recurved petals. The Turk’s Cap Lily is also a great choice for attracting pollinators, particularly hummingbirds, which are drawn to the bright colors and abundant nectar.

When selecting native plants for your garden, there are many resources available to help you make the best choices for your location. The National Wildlife Federation’s Native Plant Finder and the Audubon Society’s Native Plant Database are both excellent resources that can help you find the best native plants for your garden.

In summary, by selecting local plants like the Eastern Blue Indigo, Virginia Blue Iris, and Turk’s Cap Lily, you can create a beautiful and sustainable garden that supports native wildlife and requires less maintenance. By incorporating these native plants into your garden design, you can create a stunning landscape that is both environmentally friendly and visually appealing.

Blooms and Berries

When selecting plants for a garden, there are several factors to consider beyond just their appearance.

One important consideration is the length of time it takes for the plant to germinate and produce blooms. Understanding the timeline for growth and flowering can help you plan your garden more effectively and ensure that it looks its best throughout the growing season.

Another consideration is the lifespan of the flowers themselves. Some plants produce blooms that only last for a few days, while others may continue to produce flowers for several weeks or even months. Knowing the lifespan of the flowers can help you plan for ongoing maintenance and ensure that your garden looks its best for as long as possible.

It’s also important to consider how to extend the life of the blooms. For some plants, pinching off spent blooms can help encourage the plant to produce more flowers. For others, however, this can actually cause the plant to shut down and stop producing new blooms. Understanding the specific needs of each plant can help you care for them more effectively and ensure that they continue to produce beautiful flowers throughout the growing season.

Bloom times are something else a gardener should think about. Choosing plants and flowers that will bloom at different times of the year can help ensure that your garden looks its best throughout the growing season. Consider plants that produce berries or other colorful foliage in the fall to add even more interest and color to your garden.

Finally, don’t overlook the potential of flowering ground cover. Ground cover plants can provide an attractive base for larger plants and flowers, and they can also make areas of the garden where larger plants are not able to grow more interesting. Plus, ground cover plants can also help retain soil moisture and reduce erosion.

Add Some Height

Tall flowers are one way to add some interest to a garden because they add height. Consider adding grasses or flowering bushes for height as well. There are many grasses that produce leaves with colors and patterns that start as green in the spring and last into fall.  Bushes with spring blooms may also have leaves that turn colors in the fall.

Planning a flower garden a year in advance is the best way to create a lasting impression. There are many bulbs that must be planted in the Fall so they can flower in early Spring. There are also seeds that must be planted in the spring to provide summer or even fall color. Choosing a wide variety of flowers and plants will create a garden that lives from early spring to late fall. Adding new flowers and plants each year will help maintain an interesting garden.

If you live in Northwest, Washington, DC or Suburban Maryland, and you want more information on flower garden landscaping contact us.

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About the Author

Matt Johnson grew up in a family of landscapers and gardeners as the grandson of Raymond Johnson (Founder, 1933, Johnson's Florist and Garden Center) and son of James and Carol Johnson (Founders, 1960, Johnson's Landscaping Service, Inc.). Since 2007, he has led Johnson's Landscaping Service with his brother, Charlie.  Matt and his wife Jaime live in Petworth in Northwest DC with their 3 sons and 2 big dogs.

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