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Perennials vs. Annuals
Perennials: Continue to grow season after season but remain dormant through the winter.
Annuals: Live for only one growing season, which means you’ll have to replant them every spring.
Full Sun vs. Shade
There are three things to look for when choosing your flowers:
- Full Sun: These flowers prefer up to six hours of direct sunlight a day
- Partial Sun: They thrive with a balance of direct sunlight and shade, and only need about three to six hours of sunshine a day
- Shade: Shade flowers do well with less than three hours of sunlight per day
What to Plant
The types of flowers you want to plant is completely up to you. Here are some examples to get you started:
- Begonia (shade, annuals)
- Pansies (partial sun, annuals)
- Geraniums (full sun, annuals)
- Daffodil (full or partial sun, perennial)
- Tulip (partial sun, perennial)
- Iris (full sun, perennial)
- Lily (partial sun, perennial)
Best Time of Year to Plant
This is dependent on what type of flowers you are planting. Perennials are best to plant after the final frost of spring, while annuals will thrive when planted in the summer.
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All About That Base (Soil)
Prepare Your Flower BedStart by removing your grass with a flat shovel or apply an herbicide. If you choose to dig, do it 4 or 5 inches around the perimeter. Then clear any debris and loosen the soil, working in the organic soil you’ve purchased.
Soil BedWhen deciding which soil to use as the base of your garden bed, look for anything that has been pre-mixed or blended for flowers or perennials. At this point, you can add granular fertilizer into the soil or you can opt to add liquid fertilizer at a later time.
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