This blog is about growing tropical-looking plants in the Phoenix, Arizona area

March 13, 2013

Creating a floral display in the garden

One of things that I notice when people take photos of their flowers is that they haven't given any thought to the overall display. It's all well and good to plant bulbs, or go buy flowers at Home Depot, but if the background is the hose, stray weeds, or just dirt, you are making a mistake. I know, I've done it often.

In this shot of the bulb garden, you can see some of the preparations for the final display. This morning I added some alyssum in-between the plants. It doesn't look like much at this point, and it really shouldn't. Alyssum will grow strongly and fill in the background quickly. You don't need a lot, just a few from a six-pack will do. I transplanted these from the front yard. Also, cut them down to the nubs. The flowers will grow back! At this point, you are looking for strong root growth. Be very generous with water at this time.

I rarely find information like this, usually the photos I find on the web are when everything is in full bloom. But I wanted to know how to get there! I hope this helps.

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