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How to Effectively Use Colorful Plants and Flowers in Your Yard

Rosie attempts to grow a green thumb with plenty of practice and a little help from her sister.

Green Thumb, Vibrant Garden

Do you believe that a person can have a green thumb? I do! My sister most definitely has one—her yard is amazing and full of color. Every plant she touches grows magically perfect! I take pictures when I visit so that I can get ideas for my own yard. Sadly, my thumb is not so green, but rather a yellowish color. Hopefully, it will get greener with time.

In this article, I'll share some of my sister's valuable gardening tips for:

  • Plant Placement
  • Adding Edging
  • Adding Color
Variegated Hostas provide a wonderful border and a small but full Japanese Maple completes this corner of the bed beautifully.

Variegated Hostas provide a wonderful border and a small but full Japanese Maple completes this corner of the bed beautifully.

Placing Your Plants

As you can see in the photo above, this space has a variety of well-placed plants. There is a mixture of leafy plants and flowering plants, with the taller ones in the back. She incorporates certain colors repeatedly throughout her flower beds and keeps them well-mulched.

The popular Knockout Rose, easy-to-care-for and disease resistant, provides height and fullness with loads of beautiful blooms. A birdbath with a fountain pump is nestled in this front section near the porch. This is a great way to drown out the sound of cars going by if you live on a busy street.

Adding Edging

Edging provides a clean line between the planting beds and the yard. The curved form takes landscaping to another level. I recommend using either fiberglass or aluminum edging because of its durability. There are also less expensive edging materials available.

Learn How Easy It Is to Install Edging

Tips for Adding Color

I will leave you with these final thoughts. When asked what tips my sister could give me when it came to filling my yard with color and most importantly, how to make my thumb greener, she offered plenty of helpful advice.

Essential Gardening Tips

  • Buy perennials (plants that will come back year after year) that require little maintenance.
  • Mulch heavily to keep weeds away and remove them promptly when they do appear.
  • If a plant is not doing well in your planting bed, remove it or try another spot.
  • Follow directions regarding planting placement for individual plants. Those that require several hours of sunlight, partial shade, or full shade, should be planted in spaces that meet those needs.

Happy Gardening!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Audrey Surma

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Michelle F on July 04, 2017:

Thank you for the ideas. I'm going for pretty and uncomplicated. My good friend has a glowing green thumb. I'm always comparing to her.

ignugent17 on May 01, 2013:

I love the way you arrange your flowers and ornamental plants. Your flower garden looks so neat.

Thanks for the ideas. :-)

Audrey Surma (author) from Virginia on September 04, 2011:

Thank you Rosemay. I was thrilled to be selected. Thanks for your comments and encouragement.

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on September 03, 2011:

congratulatins on the HubNuggets award well deserved

Audrey Surma (author) from Virginia on September 03, 2011:

Thank you for the comments Movie Master and Seafarer Mama! Knock Out roses are everywhere in Virginia. They are very easy to maintain. That is so funny about the green fingers!

Karen A Szklany from New England on September 02, 2011:

This hub truly deserves the HubNuggets award, and is full of great tips for creating a beautiful flower garden! Thanks!

Movie Master from United Kingdom on September 02, 2011:

Hi Rosie, congratulatins on your HubNuggets award.

Lovely hub, I have never heard of the Knock out family of roses.

It's so funny that you say 'green thumb' in the UK we say 'green fingers!'

Many thanks for sharing and welcome to HubPages, happy writing!

Audrey Surma (author) from Virginia on August 30, 2011:

Thanks for all the positive comments! I've had no power since Irene and am sitting in a Panera, excited to be on my computer once again. I am supposed to be getting ice. :)

MyFavoriteBedding from United States on August 29, 2011:

I have a green thumb for some plants, and others don't do so well! Very inforative hub-love the video!

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on August 29, 2011:

Flowers and plants soothe and delight the soul. I loved the photos and the tips. :D

Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. What's that? Here is one way to find out, just click on this link:

PiaC from Oakland, CA on August 26, 2011:

I've been looking into learning a bit about gardening. Knowing next to nothing, these tips are very handy. I especially enjoyed the video about putting down edging.

FloraBreenRobison on August 26, 2011:

Beautiful garden. When I was growing up in a house on a corner lot, Mom loved to garden and was outside much of the time. Now both us have only balconies which she tends. One caution: make sure your plants and flowers are not poisonous to pets if you have any. Some I already knew about before looking up research, othes were some flowers that I had never associated with being dangerous.

Congratulations on your nomination, and welcome to hubpages

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on August 15, 2011:

No green thumb here either, but I do my best. I love to grow from seeds I have planted myself, so rewarding when they do grow well. The roses are just lovely in fact the whole garden looks lovely

Audrey Surma (author) from Virginia on August 14, 2011:

Yes, well put, I am learning a lot from my sister - she brings me plants frequently and tells me how to care for them. I love the outdoors; I would even rather pull weeds than be in the house. Thanks for your comments.

BobbiRant from New York on August 13, 2011:

I also love to grow things and people tell me I have a green thumb. But it is actually reading up on what plants growing conditions are most favorable, how much fertilizer and being interested in gardening of all kinds. It is work for some, a labor of love for others. No, no green thumb, like anything else, just reading up on, or talking to master gardeners to learn. Love the pictures. Nice hub.

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