How to Effectively Use Colorful Plants and Flowers in Your Yard
Do you believe that a person can have a green thumb? I do, because 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.
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.
Edging provides a clean line between the planting beds and the yard. The curved form takes landscaping to another level. I recommend using either a 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.
- 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.
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