BH&G Flower Gardening

BH&G Flower Gardening

BH&G Flower Gardening 2021
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Flowers bring color, fragrance, joy, nostalgia, and—above all—beautiful gardens to life. Better Homes & Gardens® Flower Gardening™ provides a dependable guide to growing flowering plants of all sorts, including annuals, perennials, roses, and more. This treasure trove of inspiring photos and useful ideas is designed to make garden planning, planting, and plant care more doable. Featuring plant-by-number recipes for gardens of any size, Better Homes & Gardens Flower Gardening is filled with tips and plant recommendations to encourage success, delight, and fulfillment.

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4 min.
joy blossoms

1 BEAUTY Flowers are inherently beautiful. To pause in consideration of a flower is to know one of life’s simple pleasures. Vivid flowers draw attention away from woes and stress, providing focus—even fascination—on form and color. A well-tended flower garden makes a home appear tidy and in excellent condition. Community pride is enhanced by your garden’s beauty. FLORAL / living WHO: Erin Benzakein WHAT: Floret Flower Farm WHERE: Washington’s Skagit Valley HOW: This family business offers specialty seeds, bulbs, workshops, and Floret Farm’s books: Cut Flower Garden, A Year in Flowers, and Discovering Dahlias. Erin also focuses on plant breeding and research. WHY: “My goal is to help you cultivate more beauty in your everyday life and experience the magic of nature through flowers.” floretflowers.com 2 JOY When you allow your garden to be a place for relaxation and rest,…

6 min.
the best start

SOIL Good soil is key to every plant’s health and the success of your garden. Ideally, soil holds enough water, air, and nutrients to sustain plant life. Soil drainage (the degree to which it holds and drains away water), soil composition (humus, clay, sand), and soil fertility (nutrients and pH) all determine how well plants can grow in a garden. Do a soil test (from a county extension service or local nursery) to find out your soil’s composition and how to improve it. THE HOLE TRUTH Experienced gardeners say, “Place a $5 plant in a $50 hole.” Any healthy plant will languish if planted in a small hole in hard, dry soil. Planting holes for any perennial, shrub, or tree should be at least twice as wide as the plant’s root ball, and…

8 min.
making better beds & borders

Before you buy a plant or dig a hole, make a plan. You’ll save time, money, and effort by first determining the goals for your garden. List existing garden assets, potential problems, and ideas for solutions. Do you want to trade turf for a new garden, renovate a planting area, or something else? Half the fun is dreaming. Also think about your garden aesthetic. You may like the wild look of native perennials growing among ornamental grasses or the serene effect of a white-flower, silver-foliage garden. It’s easy to get hung up focusing on color. In time, preferences change. Some plants die and give you an opportunity to try new ones. It’s all part of the adventure of gardening. Within the context of a landscape, focus on planting areas. Think of a…

2 min.
color your world

Color is a matter of perception. The colors you see exist as an eye-brain connection. What exists truly as pure light, human experience tints with meaning. The structure of the human eye dictates that it sees light as color. So when you look at a combination or arrangement of flowers, all you’re seeing is light reflecting against an object, such as a petal or leaf. But the beauty of the world is seen through the light of your experience. Color choice then becomes about balancing that light as a matter of preference rather than mixing pigments. Instead of spinning the old-school color wheel and fixating on how to mix primary colors to get secondary colors and complementary effects, simply think of your favorite color. To put color in your garden, choose one for…

4 min.
lessons from the better homes & gardens test garden

The Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden® opened its gate when parent company Meredith Corporation expanded its Des Moines headquarters in the late 1990s. Part of the renovation included an on-site garden where editors could try out new plant varieties and combinations similar to the way the company’s Test Kitchen evaluates new recipes. One seasonal gardener-horticulturist and one summer intern do the groundwork on the half-acre urban oasis along with the Test Garden manager, Sandra Gerdes. The garden features tried, true, and new plants. “We especially love ones that offer exciting flower colors, more vigorous growth, and fragrance,” Sandra says. When choosing what to plant, Sandra considers new plant introductions from seed companies, plant breeders, and nurseries. “We also support editorial, so if BH&G or someone wants to do a story on…

3 min.
potted gardens

Container Gardening Basics Use the following tips to ensure your potted gardens will thrive. ▸ Select the best-quality, most weather-resistant pots possible, at least 10 inches in diameter. A container must have a drainage hole for excess water to go out.▸ Plant budget-friendly seedlings, widely available in cell packs or small nursery pots at garden centers.▸ Fill containers with potting mix enriched with compost. The best soil provides plants with the water, nutrients, and air they need to flourish.▸ Water when soil feels dry. Check soil moisture by poking your finger into the soil. Thoroughly drench soil—not plants.▸ Add time-release fertilizer pellets to the soil at planting time. Add liquid fertilizer to water and apply monthly throughout the growing season.▸ Watch for insect pests. Pick them off plants or use the forceful…