The Q&A Archives: Planning A Flower Garden

Question: I remember seeing a chart with a good description about how to plant a flower garden so you have flowers for the whole summer. I believe it explained that the early flowers go in front,so as they wilt away, the ons behind them are starting to bloom. This is my first years of many as I now have children and look forward to the family project. I tell you this to help explain that I need a basic, simple answer as I coulcn't tell a perinel from a annual. Can you please suggest light material to read, or point me in the right direction. Thank you very much!

Answer: There are as many ways to plant a flower garden as there are gardeners, so, while it is good to read up on the plants to learn their growth habits, it's also fun to experiment. Since you are new to flower gardening you might want to look at two books I particularly like from Dummy Press, both of which have very straightforward information as well as planting plans: "Annuals for Dummies" by Bill Marken, ISBN 0-7645-5056 and "Perennials for Dummies" by Marcia Tatroe ISBN 0764550306.

As a general rule, you might plant short plants in the front, midheight plants in the middle and taller ones to the rear. You might also want to use plenty of short and midheight annuals to give continuous bloom all summer. Then select perennials to add variety to the display with their shorter-lasting blooms. Enjoy your garden!

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