Welcome to the most colorful time of year in the garden. There are literally oodles of flowers that can be planted in the spring garden, many of which are specific to a certain part of the country. Annuals, perennials, and a wide number of shrubs and trees can be used in the garden to add more color. Remember that many fruit trees also have lovely blossoms in the spring. This is the time to plant them!
As usual, the best way for you to ensure success for your flowering plants is proper soil preparation. The soils your flowering plants grow in directly affect the success or failures you have with them. By preparing the soil in your flower garden with organic matter and nutrients you will have far greater success and fewer pest and disease problems.
The addition of organic matter along with other nutrients and minerals from natural sources will make your soil into a perfect growing medium for healthy and productive flower gardens. The key is in bringing your soil to life with natural materials that convert to plant food through the activities of a myriad of microorganisms that work constantly to take organic matter and other soil minerals and gradually feed your plants, as they need food.
Instead of dousing them with some chemical cocktail that comes in a box or bag, natural plant foods from organic composts, minerals, and natural/ organic fertilizers offer plants a complete diet. Natural plant foods from these sources also increase the beneficial biological activity in your soil and compete with pests and disease organisms for space or eat these bad guys outright.
When planning and planting your natural flower garden it is always a good idea to keep in mind that most flowers perform best if you continuously harvest or cut flowers from them. It is not a good idea to allow flowers to die on the plant unless you are trying to produce seed for next season. Plants expend a lot of energy to produce seed and annuals will often die after seed is successfully produced on the plant. This can shorten the productive lifespan of your flowers.
The practice of “Deadheading” is the removal of spent flowers from your flowering plants. Deadheading actually can extend the productivity of your flowering plants by weeks and months longer than when the spent blossoms are left on the plant. It also makes the plants look much cleaner.