What Flowers Are Right For My Garden?

 

As we approach warmer weather, a burning thought comes to the forefront of many homeowners’ minds—trying to understand what flowers are right for your garden. This can be overwhelming as there are so many options available, but not to worry!

Even for those who think they have a “brown thumb,” we have the tips you need to ensure your flower garden sees success. From understanding your geographic zone to exploring perennials and other popular flowers, we’ve compiled the guide you need to create a vibrant and thriving garden.

Frequently Asked Questions About Flowers

What are the best flowers for my zone? The United States is broken down into zones that help determine which flowers will thrive in your garden’s location related to climate, soil and seasonal patterns. By choosing plants, trees and flowers that match your climate and your soil, you will set yourself up for success. Be sure to consider how much sun and rainwater the area you plan to plant in will receive.

What are perennials and which ones should I plant? Perennial flowers are a popular option and a garden must-have with so many types to choose from. Here is a brief overview of everything you need to know to find the perfect perennials for your garden.

  • What are perennial flowers? Perennials flowers come back year after year, blooming on their own. They typically live for two years or more due to their far-reaching roots which extend their lifespan and create less upkeep for the gardener. They come in a wide variety of colors and sizes, and most of them can withstand any climate.
  • What are popular types of perennials?
    • Blanket Flower – The blanket flower produces flowers that look like daisies that come in shades of orange, dark red and yellow.
    • Pineapple Sage – Pineapple sage gets its name for its pineapple scent. This perennial features red flowers and leafy stems that thrive in full sunlight.
    • Shasta Daisy – Blooming in late spring to fall, the shasta daisy looks like a traditional daisy and brings two to three-foot foliage that lasts year-round.
    • May Night Sage – May night sage blooms indigo flowers and lush green foliage even in cooler climates.

What are the best flowers for beginning gardeners? Beginning gardeners can plant and nurture a thriving garden even without much gardening knowledge. Here are a few hearty flowers that don’t require extensive gardening experience.

  • Sunflowers – The sunflower has giant flower heads and lots of branches. A gold halo circles each center disk, too. Although each flower is slightly different in coloration, all are pollen-free. This variety tops out at up to six feet high.
  • Zinnia – Zinnias can be found in almost any color except blue. The flowers are similar to daisies or dahlias. They require a lot of sun and much air circulation to survive.
  • Marigolds – Marigolds are hearty and easy as long as there is a lot of sun. Yellow, red and gold brighten your garden all summer long. Some varieties are tall and others are much more compact.
  • Pansies – Pansies bring a bright array of colors to your garden even when the temps are cold in spring and fall.

What flowers bloom all year round? Flowers like Coneflower, Bluestar, Barrenwort and Sedum are all plants that bloom flowers year-round. Having a beautiful garden the entire year can be rewarding and challenging at the same time. Depending on the zone in which you live, your options can be limited during colder months. By following best practices for your area, you can have a beautiful garden 365 days per year.

Tips for Planting Flowers

  • Sun – Your flowers will need the sun. Be sure to consider the right mix of sun that your choice of flowers will need. When purchasing flowers, their tag will indicate how much sun they’ll need to grow and thrive.
  • Soil – Your flowers will also need healthy soil to thrive. Soil tests and fortifications may be required to support your garden’s good health.
  • Water – You may need to install a sprinkler system to keep your flowers hydrated and support their bloom. If you don’t have a sprinkler system, you will need to manually water your plants. Be careful not to over or underwater, though. It is important to understand the balance that’s needed.

One of the best parts about spring and warmer weather is when the outdoors turn greener and leafier. Gardening plants and watching them bloom into their full potential is another great part of spring. While you focus on gardening plants you’ll admire, we’ll handle all your lawn care needs from fertilization and weed control to core aeration, overseeding and more. We’ll help you achieve a greener, healthier lawn this spring and the seasons ahead!

Stinkhorns: What Is This Fungus Among Us?

stinkhorn in landscape

Earlier this summer, I spoke about slime molds growing in the mulch of landscape beds. The one that most people see is called Dog Vomit slime mold since the name describes the appearance of the slime mold—slimy, yellowish and gelatinous. Another type of fungal growth is showing up in a number of mulch beds right now – stinkhorns.

Stinkhorns are common in the US and usually show up in the late summer and early fall. They can form in lawns or in mulch beds. Stinkhorns get their name from the spore-rich slime that it produces at the tip, which attract flies and other insects. These insects feed on the slime and spread the spores that they pick up to other parts of the lawn and landscape.

How Long Do Stinkhorns Last?

Stinkhorns are short-lived organisms and last only about a day before shriveling up and dying. This particular stinkhorn grows from a whitish “egg” that forms in the mulch or organic matter. Even though they only live for a short time, they can produce a foul swelling odor to attract insects to it.

The type that is pictured here is often called a Dog Stinkhorn. Stinkhorns are saprophytes, the organisms that are responsible for composting or breaking down organic material. There are saprophytes that break down the fallen oak tree in the forest and there are saprophytes that breakdown the dead grass blades in your lawn. They are very beneficial organisms and are an integral part of the soil food web.

How Do I Control Stinkhorns?

There is really nothing you can do to control the growth of the stinkhorns in your mulch. They are truly beneficial organisms and help to provide food to other microorganisms that live in the soil, which in turn helps improve the health of your landscape plants. Luckily, they only live for a day, so the odor is not a long-lasting problem.

Spring-Green can help you control unwanted guests in your lawns and gardens—from ticks and mosquitoes to moss and weeds, Get in touch with your local Spring-Green for a free diagnosis and estimate.