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Where to Place Your Flowers
When considering where to put your flowers, you should keep in mind your flowers’ needs and your landscape’s aesthetics. You don’t want your colors to clash, and you certainly don’t want your shade loving flowers to wither in direct sunlight. Instead, group complimenting flowers together. Also try alternating sizes to give your lawn more dimension.
Also be sure to research what conditions your flowers favor so you can plant them with the right amount of sunlight. Full sun is considered to be six or more hours of direct sunlight. Partial shade is four to six hours of sun per day, and dappled shade means more like than shadow. If you have any questions or need any advice, get a consultation from our flower planting services.
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How to Care for Your Flowers
◦ Water your flowers regularly. Flowers need one to two inches of water every week, so always water when the soil is dry to the touch. To reduce the amount of times you need to water them, add mulch to your flower beds.
◦ You don’t want your flowers to be over-watered either. To keep the soil from becoming water-logged, don’t water when your soil is already wet.
◦ Clip dead flower heads and brown leaves so they don’t take nutrients from the other healthy flower heads and foliage. Some flowers also bloom again after removing dead blooms, like zinnias and dahlias.
◦ Reapply mulch only when necessary. If you add too much mulch to your flower beds it can foster fungal growth and suffocate your flowers. To learn more about proper mulching habits, go to our mulch installation page.
◦ Stay on top of weeds. If weeds start growing out of control in your garden they can take nutrients away from your flowers and weaken them.
If your flower beds ever get out of control, we offer flower bed maintenance with our property cleanup services.
Perennials for Flower Planting
If you want flowers that will bloom again, try using perennials in your flower planting. These flowers last for at least two years or more. While they may die during the winter, their roots stay below ground and will sprout again next spring. Some perennials may even bloom in the same year they’ve been planted, while others may take a year to become more established.
When using perennials in your flower planting, you’ll want to start perennial seeds in the spring. Perennial seeds may need a cold temperature period to germinate, around three to four weeks, so they should be started earlier than other flowers. If you are planting perennials that are already mature, plant them in the fall at least six weeks before your first frost date. This will give the perennials time to become established in the soil before dying off for the winter. Perennial seeds can take anywhere from eight to twelve weeks to grow.
Examples: Anise Hyssop?, Blue Daze, Bolivian Sunset Gloxinia, Coreopsis, Cuphea, Echinacea, Gerbera, Heuchera, Lavender, Mexican Heather, Mexican Petunias, Pentas, Perennial Hibiscus, Shooting Star, Verbena
Annuals for Flower Planting
Annual flowers sprout, grow, and bloom in the same season you plant them. As they die during the winter, they rely on their seeds to spread and repopulate. When comparing annuals to perennials, they are easier to grow from seed.
When using annuals in your flower planting, it’s generally best to plant them after the last frost date in spring. However, each flower is different. Look on the back of your seed packets to receive clear growing instructions for your specific flower. Depending on the type of flower, annuals usually take three to six weeks to grow, but can take up to eight to ten weeks.
Examples: Blue Salvia, Celosia, Cuphea, Firebush, Purslane, Scaevola, Zinnia
Bulbs for Flower Planting
Spring-flowering bulbs bloom in early spring and die off around mid-summer. These flowers include tulips, crocuses, and daffodils. The bulbs should be planted a few weeks before the first frost of fall as spring-flowering bulbs often need a cold spell to kickstart their growth.
Summer-flowering bulbs bloom in early summer and last to early fall. These flowers include gladiolus, dahlias, and cannas. These bulbs should be planted a few weeks after the last frost of winter as summer-flowering bulbs often can’t stand the colder temperatures of winter.
A Rose By Any Other Name
Now that you know the difference between perennials, annuals, and bulbs, here are some recommendations we can offer you for your flower planting needs. Each flower type mentioned is friendly to Florida soil, but this list is by no means exhaustive. If you have a specific flower in mind, we encourage you to research its soil and sun preference to determine if its a good match for your garden. Also, if you have any other questions, reach out to our flower planting service for all your flower planting questions.
Flowers for Beginners:
Flowers: Canna, Coreopsis, Blanket Flower, Justicia, Mexican Heather, Mexican Petunias, Pentas, Purslane
Drought resistant flowers:
Flowers: Blue Daze, Blue Salvia, Cuphea, Echinacea, Hibiscus, Lavender, Mexican Heather, Mexican Petunias, Purslane, Zinnia
Flowers: Blue Salvia, Coreopsis, Gerbera, Lavender, Mexican Heather, Pentas