What Are the Cheapest Flowers to Plant?
So, what are the cheapest flowers to plant in a flower garden? Easy, cheap annuals like zinnias and sunflowers are relatively easy to begin from seed, perennial flowers take little attention and return year after year. Begin with just one simple plant, if you can, choose several and get going! Beginners will have plenty of time to learn the skill of planting and caring for a larger garden later.
All flowers should be started in zones one through three. Plant flowers in the north, south and east. Zones four through seven should be planted with hardy perennial flowers like clematis and daffodils. Intermediate zones could include tulips, crocus, lupine, freesias, jasmine, marigolds, irises, carnations and blue bells.
For the first three months, don’t over water your flower garden, this can cause root rot. In the winter, use a light mulch. Flowers will not bloom well in heavy frost. Full sunlight is essential for all blooms, but not too much, as these flowers will burn easily under the low temperature.
The flowers you choose for your landscaping should attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The more nectar attracting flowers you have in your garden, the more nectar rich plants you will attract to your yard. For a small garden, there is no need to provide a super-flowering super-plant, but rather mix several types of blooms together.
If you are going to provide flowers for color and height, then you will want to choose a height that is at least twelve to fifteen feet tall. The majority of flowers come in a wide range of heights, from two feet to six feet. You will also want a variety of heights. Bushes with taller heights would contrast nicely with the shorter shrubs you plant. Taller blooms spring back more quickly, creating an exciting open effect.
The flowers you choose also depend on the location. Flowers in full sun are going to have more of a color and fragrance than those planted in a shaded area. A well-drained soil will help to ensure that you have beautiful flowers all year round. Shrubs in the southern states should be shaded from trees or shrubs, while flowers in the north need some protection from the snow. Also, consider where the flowers are going to receive the most moisture. Flowers in full sun will need to be watered often while those in shaded areas will only need to be watered once a week.
Zones can have different planting requirements. Some require more sun or shade, while others require different amounts of water. There are also zones that are more likely to disease or be destroyed by frost. The taller and greener your blooms are, the more zones you will need to consider. For example, evergreens and deciduous trees rarely need any special care, but tropical hardwood and shade trees may need to be cared for differently.
If you are dealing with small spaces or irregular ground conditions, then you may be able to get away with planting most flowers in full sun or with just a little shade. However, if you have a full sun garden and you want a range of colors, heights and textures, then you will probably want to consider mixing in some shade trees. With a little planning and research, you can create the perfect garden with the least amount of work as possible.
If you do not have a large area to work with, you will need to determine what height each flower prefers. This is very important because you will want to choose a height that gives you the most blooms spring through fall. A good rule of thumb is if a flower has the ability to grow two feet tall, then it prefers well-drained soil. If it grows less than two feet, it should be planted in full sun.
Some flowers prefer full sun, others prefer partial shade. Most annuals will do well in almost any condition, but you may have trouble with some perennials, depending on what kind of tree or shrub you are planting. Some flowers bloom in early spring, while others bloom in late summer or early fall. In the case of some annuals, you can move them around and place them in various places, but they do not like being crowded.
One important note about blooms is that you should try and avoid planting the same-colored flowers in different zones. For example, if you are planting in zone seven and you are wanting to bring some pink and purple blooms, you will want to plant pink and purple flowers in zones seven. The same can be said for red and yellow blooms.