Wherever you go, you can always find florists. From the small, independent boutiques to the large chains, high streets will always feature a florist of some description. When you walk into a florist, you immediately become enveloped in a heavy smell of pollen from giant great red gerberas to the multi-coloured Rococo tulips. In the more niche boutiques you’ll be greeted with that ‘green’ smell when you walk in, and find flowers that are seasonal. Everyone loves flowers, whether it’s receiving them as a gift (so much better than chocolate, flowers last ten days!) or planting them for a year round look in the garden. There are hundreds of different types of flowers in the world, each more lovely and unique than the next. Understanding which of these are seasonal and how florists are able to have certain blooms all year is important before you go ahead and plant your own garden full.
Niche flower boutiques tend not to order in workhorses like roses and ‘mums which are usually forced flowers: those that grow outside of their season. The flowers you’ll find dotted around a boutique that goes with the seasons; spring flowers like amaryllis and marigolds for autumn for example. Flowers that are out of season are generally imported and are popular with the public. Everyone loves to receive a socking great bunch of tulips in every colour. Do you know what’s more beautiful? Receiving Valentine’s bunches of flowers that deviate from the standard red roses. White freesias, paper white narcissi and deep blue hyacinths that are all within the season are far prettier and unfortunately, more unique!
When it comes to planting your garden, consider the flowers you’re planting and the time of year you want them to bloom. For many people, flowers are the definition of a garden. Not only are they beautiful and brighten up any space no matter how small, you’re doing your bit for the bees in the environment and keeping the life cycle of trees going. It’s always great to contribute to the environment, even with the smallest pot of daisies. No matter your experience with gardening, you can bloom some of the most breath-taking flowers and by sticking to bulbs that are seasonal, you could have flowers blooming all year round in your garden.
Building flowers takes an awful lot of energy so sunlight access is essential. Flowers lean towards light and warmth and most flowering plants need to be put down where there is a full day of sunshine. If you plan to plant in the hopes of a summer blooms of freesias, lisianthus and sunflowers in August, then you need to pay attention to the best times of year to lay your bulbs. For a full summer bloom, sowing your seeds in the spring is the best thing you could do. March and April are the optimum months for sowing seeds as the harsh cold has gone and the ground is a little more malleable for planting.
You need great soil for planting and the success of your flowers will be in the organic matter that drains well. You want to create a soil environment for roots to plant and you can buy soil pH testers to check the fertility of the soil you are laying down. You also need to decide whether you are planting annual flowers or perennial plants. Annuals are flowering plants that go through their whole life cycle in just the one growing season. They sprout from a seed, grow their leaves and roots, bloom to create seeds and they die off. These require more effort from watering to weeding, but will promise you blooms frequently. These are so popular with companies that will plant your garden for you and if you are looking to boost the value of your home, you can learn more here about companies that will happily make your garden look amazing.
Perennial plants are those whose roots stay alive underground for years. As with most plants that wither in the weather, the bit above the soil may die off, but under the ground is where the magic happens. The perennial plant is still alive under the ground and will sprout again in the spring months. They may not bloom for long during the year, but when they do it’s just beautiful.
Planting flowers seasonally is popular among most people with a green thumb, as the perennial plants you’ve laid down will come through once or twice a year and you can wait in excited anticipation for the next rare bloom. Planting bulbs from annuals means your gardens look can change from year to year and there is such a rainbow of colour out there in flowers that you could plant an entirely yellow garden one year, or an entirely pink the next. The smell emanating from each flower will linger for longer and you won’t be able to hold yourself back from literally walking outside and breathing your newly bloomed garden in.
A garden that is rich in colour throughout the seasons mean that you have planted successfully. Don’t try and plant a whole garden of beautiful flowers if half the garden is stuck in the shade through the year; you’ll be wasting money trying to make something beautiful and nothing will happen. It’s a disappointment for sure, but you want your flower garden to work and darkness doesn’t bring flowering plants out. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for a half vegetable garden, half flower garden. It’s the perfect opportunity to truly grow your own all year round.
If you want to display some of the gorgeous flowers in the home, cut the stems short to focus on the colouring of the flowers; you’ll have some fantastic seasonal beauties in different areas of the home by simply growing your own flower garden. You’ll never be short on fresh flowers and you’ll have a garden that never fails to look stunning, no matter the time of year.