Making Your Flower Garden the Best it can be
Have you ever looked into your neighbor’s yard and wished that yours was as colorful and full of blooms as theirs? This article is going to explore five flower favorites: roses, hydrangeas, lavender, dahlias, and peonies. Each section will delve more into the care and upkeep of the individual flowers of your choice.
There are many types of roses, but some of the gardening favorites are hybrid teas, English tea roses, and miniature roses. Hybrid teas are the roses that you are most likely to see in a bouquet; they are unique with only one rose head per stem. English tea roses have a large amount of petals and are said to look like peonies, they also smell the best! Finally, if you have little space, miniature roses are great as they stay compact when growing.
One trick to keep your roses blooming for the whole summer is to plant a banana peel and crushed up egg shell near the roots of your rose bush. Roses love potassium and will thrive off of this extra nutrients.
When watering your roses, you need to be patient. They prefer to be watered long and slow rather than a lot of water in a short period of time. If you do not go about watering them correctly, the leaves on the roses are likely to shrink and become a yellow color and nobody wants that in their garden!
Hydrangeas are incredibly popular flowers because of their beauty and are the second most popular flower to be used in weddings only behind roses (see above). Therefore they are a very smart choice for many individual’s gardens. Like any other flower, there are a ton of different types, but the most noted are mopheads and lacecaps. Mopheads are your traditional pink and blue blooms; these should be planted in the shade as they hate summer heat. Lacecaps are less formal, but easier to fit into most gardening environments.
An interesting fact about hydrangeas is that the pH of the soil can affect the color of your flowers. While it is easy enough to change a pink bloom to blue by making the soil more acidic (this is usually done by adding aluminum sulfate), it is much more difficult to change a blue bloom to pink.
The wonderful thing about dahlias is that they are going to make your garden look alive and healthier much longer than an average flower. They bloom a little later, starting in mid-summer, but they continue to blossom until frost. Bonus: they are pretty easy to maintain!
The different varieties of dahlias are incredibly unique. This article will address two of the most popular, but do research if you are interested in growing them as there are many more. The Dreamcatcher can grow up to 4 feet in height and have 6 inch blooms; these are often used as a focal point in a garden. Tahiti Sunrise is a bit smaller, but unique in that it is considered a spikey bloomer and has bold colors!
The best tip for dahlias: don’t plant the tubers too early. Wait until the late spring when your soil is actually beginning to get warm. As a rule of thumb, if you wouldn’t plant your tomatoes yet, don’ t plant your dahlias.