Green Thumb Gardening Tips

Hosta

Kyshasaid… 

I wish I had a green thumb. Maybe you could post some green thumb tips. Your garden looks beautiful.There is no one particular method that will work for everyone but I will share what has worked for me. Begin by asking yourself the following questions.

 

What types of annuals and perennial grow well in my area?

Began to observe the landscaping in your community to see what grows well. Also think about what types of plantings appealed to your taste. For instance do you like dramatic flowers such as Dahlia’s, Lillies and Jumbo Zinnia. Or do you you like plants that grow in mounds such as Lanatana and Candy Tuft.

 

Jumbo Zinnia

What type of soil and weather conditions do I have? clay, sand, rich soil, rocky, etc.

Lantana 

The reason why certain plants grow well in some places better then others is due to there hardiness. If you plan on growing Lantana under a shade tree, than they will probably die since they like direct sun/partial shade. Likewise, Hostas can hardly tolerate any direct sun without burning. So be sure to figure out the conditions of your garden prior to adding plants.

How much time/money do I have to invest?
For beginners I would suggest going to the local dollar tree and purchasing some bulbs to experiment with. Many bulbs such as Gladiolus, are easy to grow and don’t require much attention. In addition many varieties spread and can fill up a small flower garden in 2-3 years.
Dahlia 

In addition a good investment would be to start flowers from seed. All it takes is a bag of soil and some recycled pots such as yogurt containers or egg cartons. Once the plant is strong enough it can be transplanted outdoors into the garden.

Why do I want to garden in the first place?

Lantana

 

You must have a reason. One that will motivate you. So that when summer rolls around and it’s hot, and going outdoors to water and weed is not as much fun as it was in the Spring. My motivating reason is just a pure love for growing things and making our outdoor living space just as beautiful and inviting as our indoor one.

Mature Lantana

 

Once you have answered all of these questions begin looking for plants that bloom on the fall. Pick out a small space and begin adding to it each season. If you have a little bit of money but a lot of patience buy plants in their smaller stages of growth and let them mature in your landscape. Smaller plants are often less expensive then mature plants. Start some seeds in and empty egg carton. The 10 cent seed packets at Walmart will do fine. As they mature begin to set them outside for a few hours each day for about two weeks. Then transplant them into your flower bed.

More Hosta Varieties

Comments

  1. leah says

    i got to you from rocksinmydryer…

    seems you’re a girl after my own heart… lantana and hosta make my get all warm and fuzzy inside. 🙂 we’ve been in a relatively new house this spring/summer, and although i haven’t found time to get the outdoors looking just how i’d like it, i did get out to lowes sometime in may to get some lantana (and begonias).

    have a great day!

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  2. Earthmommy says

    I think of all of these motivation is really the key. For me, the motivation was to cultivate a love of growing things in my daughters and little Aspen is loving it so much that it’s a joy instead of a chore.

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  3. Hadias says

    That is a great tip Brenda. Letting friends, family and neighbors know that you garden can net you some free plant divisions.

    My neighbor actually helped me get started by giving me a flat of Dianthis that she didn’t have room for. My flower bed was a sad sight that first spring.

    Thanks Brenda.

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  4. Anonymous says

    Good morning, Hadias! What a great post. You have outlined so perfectly the information for a beginning gardener. Weather, sun & shade, soil conditions, & maybe most importantly, motive, will play a part in the success or failure of a person’s garden. Trial & error have helped me learn what works in my yard, for my flowers & vegetables. I want to add something else that may help Kysha, & that is if she’s certain she wants to improve the looks of her yard, then put the word out (especially in the spring) to friends & acquaintances. You will get lots of of freebies, as people will have to divide their perennials. I never turn down offers of plants. Not every single thing has worked well in my garden, but I always like to try. These are also nice souvenirs of the people in our lives. :o) Once established in your yard, you can then pass divisions on to others. Good luck to your reader! And BTW, your lantana looks gorgeous.

    Brenda

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