This Always Blooming Flower Garden shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ReadySetGro #CollectiveBias
I love my flower garden. It is the one thing I really look forward to every spring, to see the flowers pop out of the ground first thing. But one thing that bothers me is when after a week all the flowers are done blooming. Now what? I’m left with just green shrubs. That is why I went to work and I’m going to show you how to have beautiful blooms all summer long with this easy Always Blooming Flower Garden tutorial!
Always Blooming Flower Garden
Planting the garden is really simple. The hardest part is gathering your supplies! So let’s walk through that part first.
- Large flower pot
- Miracle-Gro® Potting Mix 2 cubic Ft. bag
- Variety of Flowers
- Planting Gloves
Head to your local Walmart to pick up everything you need. You can easily grab it all in one stop like I did! First make sure you pick up the Miracle-Gro Potting Mix first! This way it can be the base of your cart and out of the way before you start piling the lighter items on top. The larger 2 cubic ft bag is located in the outside garden center at Walmart.
We always use Miracle-Gro Potting Mix for our container gardens because it helps to keep our plants fed for up to 6 months. Which means that is one less thing this frazzled Mom has to worry about remembering! Plus plants fed with Miracle-Gro Potting mix are twice as big versus unfed plants.
You will need a large flower pot. The size will depend on how big of a flower garden you want. I want a variety of flowers to bloom so I got a 21 inch pot.
Then you need to pick out the flowers you want. Now this is the trick to always having blossoms in full bloom all summer long. You want to pick out different flowers based on what time of the season they will bloom. Look for early Spring bloomers. Late Spring. early Summer, late Summer and Autumn bloomers. Use this great Flowers by season directory to help you select which flowers for which season. Or sometimes they say right on the carton when they bloom.
I collected a variety of flowers already in bloom plus bulbs to plant throughout the pot that will grow and bloom later in the summer.
If you live in warmer climates you will want to continue looking for flowers that bloom in the Winter too. But we often get snow about Mid to end of October so our flowers will be frozen over by then.
Gardening Tip: As you pick out your flowers, be sure to pick a few that are not yet bloomed, so you have blossoms to look forward to as you wait for the other late bloomers to mature.
I like to keep things simple, so the majority of my plants are perennials. that means they will come back year after year. I don’t have to do anything to ensure they come back. That is how I like it. That is another great trick as to why this blooming flower garden is so easy! Plant it once and you are done!
But I also like some annuals. So I make sure to pick up a few of those that I can change out throughout the Summer as the Spring flowers finish blooming, I can grab my favorite annual Summer blossoms to replace them. But the majority of my pot is filled with perennials.
And don’t forget your gardening gloves while you are at the store! Do you have any idea how deep under you nails dirt can get? It’s better to wear the gloves and save your hands from the scrubbing later.
Now we are onto the easy part! And yes it is EASY! First make sure your pot has drain holes. This is so that it doesn’t collect too much water and rot the roots.
If your pot doesn’t have drain holes in the bottom no problem. Simply drill a few little holes.
Next you will want to create a false bottom in your pot.
Say what? What is a false bottom you say? Well take your largest flower and set it inside. Notice it will probably not need all the way to bottom of the pot to grow. Like my pot. It is a lot deeper than I need for any of my plants. But if I was to fill it up with all potting mix that would be quite heavy! And pricy! So we create a false bottom.
I just happened to have an insert that creates a false bottom in the pot. So I used that.
But other ways to create a false bottom include:
- add a layer of landscaping rocks in bottom
- Use an old large plastic pot that a plant originally came in before transplanting. Flit it upside down in the bottom to take up space
- Use landscaping fabric over the top of all the other stuff you put inside the bottom of the pot.
- Build up the bottom to a little higher than you ideally want because the weight of the Potting Mix and flowers will compress it and the false bottom will actually end up lower than you think.
Now you have a false bottom. This helps in draining so that excess water will settle to the bottom of the pot faster and seep out through the holds we drilled. And it will ensure your plants’ roots don’t rot. But it also helps to save on potting mix and weight.
Now add the Miracle-Gro Potting Mix to the pot.
Gardening Tip: Do NOT fill it as full as I did! I found it was too full of the Miracle-Gro Potting Mix that I had to remove a lot as I put each flower into the pot. It’s best to fill it half way, add the flowers and THEN finish filling with the Potting Mix until it is about 2 inches from the top of the rim.
Take the plants that you gathered earlier and begin to lay them out on the top of your pot. This is the planning phase. Make a few different arrangements to see how you want them before you begin planting.
Your plants can be 1-2 inches away from each other, unless they specifically state that they need more room. But you don’t want too sparse collection of flowers.
Once you have a set up that you like, begin to plant each flower one by one. With a little hand shovel or your gloved hands make a hole to the depth that each bulb requests (or each flower) and insert the bulb/flower into the Miracle-Gro Potting Mix.
Gently pat the Potting Mix back into place around the flower/bulb. And proceed with all the flowers.
Once you are finished planting the flowers you will need to make sure they get a good initial watering. This helps them adjust to the shock of being transplanted. Then water every 2-3 days as needed.
The last step it completely optional, but I have always loved little garden decor and solar lights. So since the pot will be on our steps I moved the solar light that the pot will be blocking and added it so it can help illuminate the steps at night.
This would also be a great start to creating your own Fairy Garden, just add some fairy garden decor! Sadly our stores are all sold out. I should have bought the Fairy garden items in February when they first came out!
Now it is complete. I have many perennial flowers that will come back next year to save me work. And I have a few annual flowers that I can easily add each Spring when they are in bloom like the Pansies and Marigolds.
And I have a good mixture of bulb flowers that bloom between early Spring, mid Summer and late Autumn. Now I’m good to have beautiful blossoms all summer long!
This project took me all of about 1 hour to complete (minus the shopping time. That is always longer because I have kids in tow. Don’t get me started on how long THAT takes).
Check out more fun gardening ideas from Miracle-Gro! And check out our video below showing you just how easy it is to put this Always Blooming Flower Garden together!
For more Gardening fun also try
Share your tips on growing a flower garden!
What flowers would you include in your flower garden?
YOU ARE ALSO GOING TO LOVE:
Studies have shown that if you really like this post, you will also love the following articles. 😉 I have pulled them together for you right here!
Latest posts by Amber (see all)
- DIY Easy Hot Air Balloon Party Favors - May 19, 2017
- Try the MILKA OREO CHOCOLATE CANDY + $25 WALMART GC Giveaway! - May 17, 2017
- 5 Eco-friendly Ways to save money on Laundry - May 15, 2017