With climate change and the ever-increasing temperatures in Florida, spring brings the perfect weather to liven up your flower beds. The warm days and cool nights provide the ideal environment for planting and growing a variety of perennials and annuals that will last all summer long.
The best way to do this is by adding flower bed plants to liven up your landscape. The maintenance is easy especially if you choose perennials that come back every year with new beautiful flowers. The reward of growing perennial plants is in the color and the return of the blooms year after year. You can dress up your beds and borders with each just know you will have to replant every year with annuals. Green foliage on shrubs and hedges also adds an attractive look to every yard. A good time to plant is in the spring!
You can get these at your local garden center or order online through a company like Perfect Plants for your rose bush or shrubs/hedges needs. We offer plenty of options you for to choose from. We have some easy to grow, florida native plants and perennial plants that will thrive as well. The most fun thing is to cut fresh flowers to display in your home and you can proudly say that you grew these in your home garden!
A few factors to consider when deciding on the plants and flowers to grow in your flower bed include the following:
- Container or in-ground planting
- Maintenance level
- Color varieties
- Growing from seed or transplanting, and
- Sun and water requirements – some require full sun vs others requiring partial to shade.
If you happen to be in an area where digging would result in dealing with limestone (Southern Florida), or where drainage is poor, consider implementing raised beds or containers. If you will be planting directly in the ground, be sure to get your planting beds ready well before you actually begin the planting process. Garden compost, sand and Perfect Plant’s specially formulated perlite are ideal for producing a rich, yet free-draining, area for your bed plants. Florida is one of those special places where some plants can grow year round so if you live in Florida like us, consider yourself lucky.
If you will be transplanting your plants, be sure to gently tease open the root ball before planting. Place the plant in a way that positions the root ball just above the soil, and water the base of each plant with a slender water applicator. A pre-emergent fertilizer can be spread around the transplants to prevent future weed and disease problems.
Plants that have similar watering needs should be positioned close together in order to cater to each transplant’s drought tolerance. If you have a smaller flower bed, hand watering is ideal to best suit each plant’s water requirements. If you have a larger bed, consider using a micro-irrigation system, which directly waters the roots and can stave off fluctuations in soil moisture.
If you put thought and planning into your flower beds and the installation of their plants, you can vastly reduce the maintenance requirements. Be sure to evaluate each plant’s soil, sun and watering needs, and plant accordingly. Keeping a close eye on each flower bed is also key to ensuring your plants’ longevity – the sooner you can find and take care of any problem, the better off your blooms will be.
Check back shortly for some of the best container and flower bed plants you could plant this spring!