Flower gardens can be the easiest and the hardest type of garden to have.  There are so many different options to choose from for flowers and ornamental grasses that you can have in your garden.  And then add in the different types of soils we can have in our subdivisions and the growing season available where you live.  Talking with your local garden centre and getting their expert advice will ensure your flower garden will bloom from spring through fall until the snow arrives.

One of the keys to a colourful flower garden through spring, summer and fall is to have a variety of annuals and perennials.  Perennials will generally have a tubular or bulbous base that offers protection for the winter hibernation.  Annuals mainly germinate from seeds, either directly planted in your garden or grown in a greenhouse.

Start your Spring off with colourful seasonal bulbs.  Crocuses, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and paper whites are just a few spring bulb options that bring bright colours to your garden as trees and perennials start to waken up from their winter sleep.  As the garden centres open, the options for annuals become available.  Pansies are a hardy flower that can withstand the crazy spring weather patterns, and come in a large variety of colours.

Have a rainbow of colour in the summer, with a mix of perennials and annuals.  Attract butterflies and hummingbirds while enjoying perennials like hardy hibiscus, daisies, coneflower or black-eyed susans.  Mix up your colour theme each year with annuals like begonias, zinnias, cosmos, marigolds and petunias.

Enjoy the deep purples, blues, bright oranges and yellows in fall with perennials like chrysanthemums, goldenrod, stonecrop, turtlehead, helenium and joe pye weed. Pansies love the cooler temperatures of fall, so be sure to plant more late summer.  Strawflower, ornamental peppers and ornamental cabbage, also known as flowering kale offer a pop of colour and will fill in your garden nicely.

For more flower gardening tips, check out:

Flower Garden Advice

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