Are you tired of your flower garden? This might be the best time for you to start thinking about landscaping with flowers. Spring, summer and fall seasons are great for planting flower gardens, but you may be missing the most important part of flower gardening: the winter season. Here are five landscaping ideas for landscaping with flowers during winter seasons.
Rest under shady trees, so your appetite to beautify them naturally is still there. And why someone would want to landscaping with flowers under shady trees, plant plants in the morning shade of buildings or fence and landscape. Morning shade can provide protection for your flowerbeds from freezing rain or scorching sun. Also, the sun can help your flowers develop their strong roots system, which will provide additional food for the plants.
Shade your flowerbeds from the evening sun. This is a good idea not only for your morning garden but also for your shady trees. Since leaves will be shaded from direct sunlight during the winter, your flowering plants will have more time to produce, and you won’t have to wait for a sunny day to fill your baskets. The leaves will also stay cooler, which is very beneficial for your roses, honeysuckle, and tulips.
Plant shady flowers close to your home. If you live in a cold area where you are afraid to plant anything outside, you can use shaded flowers as a safe alternative. Shade planting is more ideal for morning flower garden since these flowers will need to generate their own heat in the morning. You should also check if your flowers need extra water. For example, you can put some water beside your shaded rose bushes to make sure they get enough water to grow.
Shaded flower beds can also help your flowering plants flourish even more. These types of flower beds are great for your evening and afternoon blooms. There are three kinds of flowers that can thrive in shaded flower beds: Morning Glory, Ivy, and Holly. You can place Morning Glory in a shady area just like what you would do with an herb garden. Ivy and Holly are best planted in a pot and frame style so that they can grow up to 6 m tall.
Don’t forget that you should include shrubs or plants that can handle shade. Some examples of shade tolerant plants are California poppy and California bluebell, which can survive even in shaded areas. The shrubs, along with other flowering plants, should be potted in a shallow container filled with well-rotted compost, soil, and mulch.
Under trees, it is important that you remember the proper fertilization routine. Most flowering plants need ten percent nitrogen for success. If you are growing plants that are used in flower arrangements, you will want to make sure you use a soil fertilizer. Nettles, on the other hand, need only five percent.
Your flowering shrubs should have an attractive backdrop. To achieve this look, you should plant taller shrubs in the back yard, while smaller ones in the front. Taller shrubs will shade smaller foliage, and will appear more dramatic in the shadow. Larger trees that are trained to a trellis or archway can also provide an interesting focal point.
The flowers that you plant should be those that are in the shades, not in the direct sunlight. Shorter flowers such as mums and daisies will grow very well in a well drained soil, while larger blooms such as sunflowers should be planted in the shade. The dark green foliage of these plants will help block sunlight and reduce watering.
Flowering plants should have their flowers in full bloom during the springtime. In California, tulips are one type that flower in the spring, while daffodils and gladiolus do so in the summer. You will need to make sure that your plants get enough sunshine to bloom and have their roots packed with nutrients. You can find fertilizers specially formulated for shade-tolerant plants at any nursery or gardening store. However, your local garden center may offer some discount fertilizers.
Your flowers and plants will also benefit from mulch. Most plants will do better if they are mulched. Mulching will shade your perennials and cause them to become less stressed, therefore improving the health of your garden. Some perennials like to be mulched in the fall so that they have room to grow into the winter season. Other perennial plants mulched in the spring will survive the cold winter season, but will flower less during the subsequent summer.