Flowers are a simple way to beautify and personalize one’s living environment with color and fragrant scents. One of the best ways to enjoy flowers is to start a flower garden. Flower gardens are often found in one’s yard, but for people with minimal space, an indoor garden of potted flowers is also an option. Once a person decides to start the project, he or she will need to learn how to start a flower garden. There are many ways to learn about flower gardening, such as conducting an Internet search, visiting one’s local nursery to speak with a floral expert, or talking with neighbors and friends for useful flower gardening tips.

My five favorite tips for successful flower gardening are quite simple.

Plant sun-loving plants in a sunny location.
This may seem obvious but it’s surprising to find how many people will plant “full sun” plants in partly shady areas thinking, “It might be a bit shady but they still get sun.” Flowers that require full sun typically need a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight. Not dappled sunlight, but the full sun.

Plant shade-loving plants in shade.

Again, this might seem like a no-brainer but I’ve seen people plant shade plants in sunny locations only to be disappointed with burned leaves and wilted flowers. I love to fill the shady areas of my garden with the riotous color of impatiens. I pair them with hostas which are available in a wide variety of types and sizes.

Water plants appropriately!

As a general rule, plants with thicker stems and leaves require less frequent watering than flowers with thinner stems and leaves because they’re able to store water more efficiently. Did you know that overwatering is the number one cause of early plant death? (According to Proven Winners.) Before watering, I typically stick my finger an inch down into the soil to see if it’s wet because oftentimes the surface is dry but underneath the soil is still damp so no watering is needed just yet.

Fertilize plants according to the plant tags’ instructions and follow fertilizer directions carefully.

If you apply too much fertilizer you can burn the flower’s roots. Also, I never fertilize my impatiens as I find they sometimes act adversely. Yes, the plant will get big but it won’t flower as profusely. However, I’ve known some people to fertilize impatiens effectively but overall I find they do well without it.

Get rid of garden pests!

No, I’m not referring to your furry friends unless they’re chewing plants and stomping on the flowers! Rather, if you see holes in leaves or half-eaten edges, you have an insect problem. I prefer to use organic methods to eliminate harmful insect pests. The Organic Gardening website is a great resource for identifying and dealing with the top garden pests.

While there are many other good tips for successful flower gardening, these are my favorite and most useful.

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