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It looks like you have almost everything under control! Yes, your lawn looks excellent. Your trees survived the winter without any significant damage. Your lawn guys from Divine Lawns have been trimming your shrubs, and you’re thinking of letting them loose with the shears to create a topiary. What about the flowers? Did they survive the winter?

Well, some of the flowers survived. It was a hard winter! Not all of the bulbs we stored for the winter survived, though, so those will have to be replaced. New flowers and bulbs would be a good thing! Hey, let’s go to the garden shop!! 

At the garden shop

A garden shop is an excellent place for all things garden, plus lots of other stuff. Explore, take note, and enjoy your time – then bring the hard-won knowledge with your strongest desires back to your Divine team!

Let’s go outside first, and pick some flowers for the bedding. They should be bright and well-scented since they will be closest to the house. Painting the house that was pale grey last year was a great idea; it will make the perfect backdrop for your favorite flowers.

More bulbs to replace the ones that didn’t survive first. Big, colorful irises, hot pink peonies, and many little flowers spread around. Lily of the Valley is always a wonderful scent, but they are a bit old-fashioned unless you already love them. 

Best for heat and drought?

The other bedding areas need flowers or plants that can withstand hot weather and sometimes drought. It’s good if they are wind resistant as well.

Geraniums can stand up to anything, and there are so many varieties and colors! Some of them can climb if you want to have some climbing flowers for blank walls.

Begonias are great, too, for sun and shade. They have big flowers and a really long flowering season. Some have exciting foliage, too, to add more variety. You can store them over the winter, and they will keep growing as you replant them, summer to summer.

Sweet peas also have a great variety and make great edging flowers in smaller sizes. They have a lovely scent and a lot of heat resistance. 

Snapdragons love the sun, too; they are initially Mediterranean flowers. They are great for cutting, too, with long, straight stems with lots of flowers. There are a lot of varieties and colors of snapdragons, so you’ll have a lot of choices there.

Poppies are also great for bedding and will give new plants yearly because they tend to self-seed. Bees love them and butterflies and hummingbirds if you try to attract visitors. Intense heat may be a problem, but since they are from California, where there are all kinds of weather, they are relatively safe for your bedding.

Don’t forget the kids!

The kids have a flower bed, so many easy-to-care-for stuff, like zinnias and marigolds. Daisies are fun, but they grow fast, and you’ll have to keep control over them – maybe not. Nasturtiums can be started in the house, in little pots, from seeds. A lovely spicy scent, too! And they’re edible so that the kids can pick them for salads!

Petunias come in great colors, and they’re easy to maintain for kids. Hens-and-chicks always impress kids; they are hard to kill but spread into a nice blanket of growth. Not very tall, but that’s a plus with a kid’s garden. We’ll get some more for the kids when we start the veggies and herbs in a couple of weeks.

Let’s get this stuff home!

Now that we have all these great plants let’s plan to put them in the right places. First, place the containers on the bedding areas where you want them to grow. Then, leave them there for a day or two to see how they respond to your sunlight, shade, wind, and rain. After that, you might want to move them around a bit till it’s all perfect.

Do the same with the kids’ bedding area; they will have great fun experimenting.

But remember, you want to remove them from the containers and plant them on the ground. This is because the containers can cause the plants to dry out, and there are not many nutrients available. 

Your team at Divine can’t wait to help you make the best out of your brand new garden – they will help it be Divine! 

And finally, mulch! Mulch! Mulch!