Purchase Single Issues Free Newsletter. Starting a Flower Garden Learn how to start a flower garden with advice from top pros on soil testing, color choices, and planting flowers for cutting Share: Swipe to view slides This terraced flower garden features layers of vibrant color. A splash of bright orange poppies brightens up a flower border.
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Color, size and shape variations work together to enliven a flower bed without being overwhelming. The repetition of purple throughout this flower garden brings unity to the design. Steal one of these simple plans to entice more pollinators to work their magic in your yard and garden. Pruning stimulates growth and results in more blooms and a healthier plant overall.
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A simpler alternative to the designed flower garden is the "wildflower" seed mix, with assortments of seeds which will create a bed that contains flowers of various blooming seasons, so that some portion of them should always be in bloom. The best mixtures even include combinations of perennial and biennials , which may not bloom until the following year, and also annuals that are "self-seeding", so they will return, creating a permanent flowerbed. Another, even more recent trend is the "flower garden in a box", where the entire design of a flower garden is pre-packaged, with separate packets of each kind of flower, and a careful layout to be followed to create the proposed pattern of color in the garden-to-be.
Many, if not most, plants considered decorative flowers originated as weeds , which if attractive enough would sometimes be tolerated by farmers because of their appeal. This led to an artificial selection process, producing ever-prettier to humans flowers.
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This is thought to have occurred for the entire history of agriculture, perhaps even slightly earlier, when people tended to favor naturally occurring food-gathering spots. This may also explain why many flowers function as companion plants to more useful agricultural plants; they had evolved that symbiotic relationship with the food plants before either was domesticated, and therefore was found in the same area, convenient to be selected as an attractive plant. Once domesticated, though, most flowers were grown either separately or as part of gardens having some other primary function.
In the West, the idea of gardens dedicated to flowers did not become common until the 19th century, though in fact many modern gardens are indeed flower gardens. Flower gardens are, indeed, a key factor in modern landscape design and even architecture, especially for large businesses, some of which pay to have large flower gardens torn out and replaced entirely each season, in order to keep the color patterns consistent.