Seasonal Flowers to Plant

Spring has sprung and summer is upon us as we head into June! With the weather heating up, you’ll definitely want to spend more time outside. However, if your curb appeal is looking a little drab, there is an easy fix. Get out those gardening tools and get ready to plant! Planting vibrant and inviting seasonal flowers is an easy way to add life to your curb appeal. Here are eight seasonal flowers, perfect for the summer season!

1. Iris
This delicate flower is a great addition to your flowerbeds this season. Irises are easy to grow and come in a variety of colors! These tall flowers will add height to your beds, which will help you obtain a dynamic flowerbed. The classic bearded iris is the flower you want to plant in the summer. For more information on irises, click here.

2. Cranesbill Geranium
These flowers can grow up to 4 feet and will bloom for a long time, making it a great flower to plant for the season. The best part about these flowers is that they are drought resistant. So if it’s a rather dry summer, the Cranesbill Geranium will last.

3. Coreopsis
The Coreopsis flower is one of the easiest flowers to take care of and blooms for a long time. These flowers are perfect for the summer and even last through autumn. The bright yellow will definitely add a pop of color to your curb appeal. For tips on how to take care of Coreopsis flowers, click here.

4. Phlox
The Phlox flower is one of summer’s pleasures with their colorful and fragrant appeal. These easy to care for flowers produce large blooms in a multitude of colors including, white, pink, purple, red, and lavender. You’ll absolutely fall in love with the sweet scent and beauty of this summer flower.

5. Marigolds
Marigolds are easy to plant and easy to take care of, making it the optimal flower to plant and enjoy all season long. These flowers come in a few colors that you can choose from and will definitely add a pop of color wherever you plant them!

6. Peonies
Not only are peonies beautiful, they smell amazing as well. This popular flower has one of the most popular fragrances and the soft pink colors will definitely add beauty to your curb appeal. However, the best thing about peonies is that they can survive without proper care and in cool weather, but first you have to get them to blossom. Check out some of these tips!

7. Zinnia
Many people love the Zinnia flower because they are hearty flowers that can last in summer conditions. Whether its hot and sunny or gloomy and raining, these flowers will bloom. The best part, the Zinnia flower has a multitude of colors to choose from, which will definitely brighten you day and curb appeal!

8. Daisies
Most gardeners love daisies because they are easy to grow! This flower blooms all summer long and their brilliant white petals will add brightness to your curb appeal. These flowers are sure to create an inviting mood and make anyone walking by smile! For tips on how to grow daisies, click here.

9. Aster
Similar to daisies, the Aster flower will add a brilliant blue color to your flowerbeds! These lovely flowers bloom in bright colors and attract butterflies! They are also low maintenance, which is perfect for a first time gardener!

Whether you’re trying to brighten up your curb appeal or you’re giving gardening a go, planting flowers is a fun and easy outdoor activity anyone can enjoy! So grab your tools and pick your favorite flowers and have fun planting!

Potted Porch Plants and Window Box Tips and Ideas

Want to add curb appeal and interest to your home? Now it’s as easy as adding fun porch plants or window boxes to add that “pop.” Have fun creating dynamic set ups with colorful flowers and plants that will add liveliness to your curb appeal. Here are some ideas and tips to create wonderful porch plants and window boxes.

Potted Porch Plants:

1. Add a Pop of Color/Use Different Shapes and Sizes
Whether you are going for a more traditional or modern look, it’s always a good idea to experiment with color, textures, shapes, and sizes when making your potted porch plants. Find the perfect planters that match your personal style and have fun creating your dynamic porch plants. Mix and match styles, heights, and color for really interesting porch plants like some of these set-ups!

2. Get Creative with Planters
You don’t have to stick with using typical planters for your porch plants. Instead get creative and go on a hunt for interesting pieces that could serve as a planter. Do you have colorful and modern planters sitting around? Or can you find a cool vintage tin container at a flea market? Don’t be afraid to use artifacts that might not be considered proper planters. Check out some of these amazing porch planters for some inspiration!

3. Plant more than Flowers
Flowers are always the perfect go-to plants to use for your planters. However, you can also easily use other plants to your advantage. Instead opt to plant herbs that you could use in your recipes! Look at this idea, which is perfect for a back porch!

4. Have fun with Seasonal Plants
Porch plants don’t have to be reserved for the spring and summer seasons. Have fun with porch plants all year round and add curb appeal with your seasonal porch plants. Plant and decorate for the different seasons and your planters will be a focal point all year long.

Window boxes:

1. Get Colorful
Just like potted porch plants you’ll want to experiment with color and texture. Going with a non-traditional color will definitely add bold curb appeal. However, if you are going for a more traditional look, feel free to get colorful with your flower and plant choice instead. Also, make sure to install window boxes correctly! Here’s how you can properly install window boxes!

2. Get Creative
Don’t get caught up making window boxes that are typical in their design. Get creative just like you did with your potted porch plants and find interesting pieces that could serve as window boxes! Not only will your displays stand out for being unique, but they will also be beautiful as well.

3. Mix up Flowers and Plants
Mix and match flowers and plants within your window boxes for maximum curb appeal. Check out some of these amazing window box displays for inspiration. Get a range of plants that vary in color and height and arrange accordingly! You’ll have eye-catching window boxes in no time!

How to Start a Garden for the Summer

Savor the summer and pick up a fun and healthy hobby through gardening! With the weather warming up, it’s about time to start planting and reaping the rewards of having your own garden. If you don’t have a lot of yard space, don’t worry. There are easy solutions that will allow you to garden. Here are some tips on how to start a small garden for the summer.

Determine What to Plant
Before you start anything for your garden, you’ll want to determine what you are going to plant. Many first time gardeners get excited at the prospects that gardening has to offer. However, don’t plant too much! It’s better to start small if you’re gardening for the first time. In order to determine what you are going to plant think about what and how much your family will eat. Also, remember the amount that each plant produces. Vegetables like tomatoes and peppers provide throughout the season while carrots and corn only produce once. So plant accordingly!

Here are the best starter plants for the first time gardener:

  • Bell Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Green Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Sweet Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon (if you have enough space)

Determine How Much Space Your Need
For first time gardeners you won’t need too much space, but if you garden every season then you should already know the amount of space you need. Also, if you are tight on yard space don’t worry! Try planting your garden in containers in a place that gets plenty of sun, like a deck!

Pick the Perfect Spot
There are only three basic requirements for a successful garden: a spot that’s full of sun, plenty of water, and great soil. Again, the size of your garden doesn’t matter. If your garden has these three essentials it will flourish! Because you are focusing mostly on warm-season vegetables they need at least 6-8 hours of sunlight. If you don’t have a space that gets enough sun you could always grow leafy vegetables like lettuce or spinach. Water is just as important as sunlight. To make gardening easier on yourself plant your veggies as close to a source of water as possible. However, the most important aspect of gardening is your soil. You’ll want moist, well-drained soil for the best outcome.

Layout Your Vegetable Garden
Your garden’s layout will depend on what type of garden you’ve decided to build. For raised garden beds or containers, you’ll want to make easy plant combinations for easy harvesting due to the small space. Try planting tomatoes with oregano and bell peppers, or arugula with romaine lettuce. Whatever you’ve determined to plant layout your garden accordingly.

Examine Your Soil
Soil is one of the most important things when it comes to a successful garden. Make sure to examine it before you finally plant. Soak the soil and get a handful of soil to examine. Next, squeeze the soil hard. If water streams out, add organic matter or compost to improve drainage. Then open your hand to see how the soil reacts. If the soil doesn’t form a ball or falls apart its too sandy. If a ball holds together and takes a lot of effort to breakdown there is too much clay in your soil. You’ll want the ball to break into cake-like crumbs for the best results.

Plant and Feed
Finally you can plant your vegetables! Plant based on the preexisting layouts you determined and have fun! Once you’re done planting, make sure your veggies get a steady supply of water, about an inch of water a week.

For more in-depth gardening tips, click here! Also, if you’re looking to garden all year long here’s a great garden calendar to follow!