My husband has been planting so many flowers in our back yard. I think he is up to a thousand plants planted this year. He grows them from seed in his greenhouse so it is pretty cost effective. AND, I love the color of the backyard when everything is in full bloom! Now, you don’t need to have thousands of flowers planted in order to keep your yard full of color. Here are a few tips that can help keep your flower beds colorful until the end of summer.
1. Plant flowers that bloom at different times of the summer. These purple flowers come up in the early spring to mid summer and just as they are starting to die off some other flowers we have planted here start blooming to take their place!
2. Pinch off the first blooms. Yep, I know, it doesn’t seem right. You wait for the first blooms only to pinch them off. It actually encourages the sap flow in the plant, and allows more blooms to appear and last longer. This works best with annuals like petunias or impatiens (not plants grown from bulbs). This also helps the side blooms of the plant to become more establish and the plant ultimately becomes fuller. Clipping off the flowers that are dead and dying also helps the plant to keep blooming longer!
3. Fertilizing flowers. Just like us, flowers need nutrients from food in order to flourish. There are lots of different way to fertilize your flowers. My favorite is sprinkling some osmocote into the ground around the flowers. For heavy feeding flowers like petunias it is a good idea to apply some Bloom Booster (according to package directions) about once a week after watering.