Planting annual and perennial flowers is easy, and rewards with beautiful blooms
It’s best to plant flowers when it’s not especially hot or sunny. An overcast day when rain is in the forecast is ideal. Most flowers should be planted after your region’s last frost date.
Spring is the most popular time to plant, but perennials do fine if planted in early fall in the North and late fall in the South.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT
Look for short, stocky plants with few flowers and healthy, disease-free foliage. Avoid plants that are spindly, discolored or wilted.
Knock the plant from its pot and keep as much of the root ball as possible. If the plant’s roots are heavily entwined, cut through them with a knife or pull them apart with your hands.
Pinch existing flowers off so that the plant can put its energy into developing a good root system instead of flowering.
• Prepare the garden bed with a spade, working in at least 1 inch of organic matter.
• The soil should be loosened to a depth of at least 12 inches for annuals and 18 inches for perennials.
• Smooth the soil with a ground rake.
• Plant the flowers at the same soil level as they were in the container.
• Each year add more organic matter to the soil, or top a bed each year with a 2-inch layer of compost.
Mulch the garden bed with 1 to 3 inches of aged wood chips, bark, grass clippings, pine needles or any other organic mulch to suppress weeds, conserve moisture and prevent soil-borne diseases.