In This Chapter
^ Choosing healthy flowering plants and bulbs ^ Designing with annuals, perennials, and bulbs ^ Picking the best varieties ^ Planting and maintaining flower gardens rrees and shrubs give your landscape structure, and vegetables and fruits put food on the table, but flowers are pure fun. You plant them to bring your landscape to life — to add color, vibrancy, drama, and romance. Daffodils, tulips, and other spring bulbs cheerfully greet the end of winter, whereas annual and perennial flowering plants put on a constantly changing and colorful show from one end of the growing season to the other.
Flowers are among the easiest crops to grow organically. Yes, insects and diseases do bother some of them, but you have many control strategies to choose among. Keeping them well fed isn't hard, either. This chapter covers all the basics you need to grow happy flowers almost year-round.
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How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.