As mentioned in the other half of this blog series, if you have a limited amount of space to work with but you want to start a garden, it’s best to decide if you want to grow vegetables or flowers. There are some flowers that can be grown alongside vegetables, however, this is a little more complicated of a task. If you’re more of a beginner and just want to have a nice, simple garden, it’s better to choose between the two categories. In order to make an informed decision, you’ll need a few details about both. To get some information about vegetable gardens and the pros and cons involved, check out the first part of this series. Here is some information about flower gardens that you should know if you’re still not sure.
The best thing about flower gardens is the visual appeal, hands down. If your purpose behind planting a garden is to improve the look of your yard or your home’s curb appeal, flowers are probably the best way to go. If you plant the right types of flowerstogether, they can come to life in a way that brightens up your whole yard. A flower garden in your backyard with an outdoor table can make your home a more inviting place for your friends and family.
Another benefit is that once you plant them, they usually grow back year after year. Flowers tend to drop seeds of their own into the soil below, so even if you don’t plant any after the first bloom, you’ll probably get more of the same next year.
If you have a very small area to grow your garden, flowers are probably the best option. As we mentioned in the vegetable part of this series, veggie gardens tend to take up a little more room than flower gardens. Even if you have a tiny amount of space for a mini garden, there are flowers that don’t require a lot of room.
Now for the cons. While you may love having fresh flowers around the house year round (who wouldn’t love that?), they’re definitely less functionally useful than vegetables. You probably won’t save any money growing your own flowers like you do growing your own food.
Another downside is that you’ll need to plan around your flowers when going on a vacation or trip that will have you away for a while. Any more than a few days and you’ll need to have a neighbor or friend water your flowers. This is not an issue for anyone who plans on hiring a landscaper, just make sure you communicate with them beforehand to ensure that your schedules coordinate.
As with vegetables, it’s important to research the types of flowers you’re going to plant in order to make sure they’ll do well in your environment, and around each other. If you need help designing your garden, you can always ask your local landscaping company to help as they have the experience and know which flowers thrive in your locale.