Now here we go, you have been thinking of having a purple flower garden and want to check a few purple flower garden landscaping ideas. I have a few simple guides on this website, make sure you check them out.
Let’s tell you about my purple flower garden adventure this month……
A few weeks ago I have moved to a new house with a small front yard. It was full of shaggy shrubs.
I thought I should create a unique blend of flowers this time and maybe try purple flowers.
I love gardening and I love flowers. It is one of my most enjoyable hobbies to hang around the garden and watch my plants grow.
You know flower gardening is like painting, it is creative but it is like a living painting that instead of hanging on your wall lives in your yard and changes all the time.
So to get started you need to get your pen and paper and get some information.
To make it simple you need to check out the list of all purple flowers and decide which ones you like the most for your purple flower garden landscaping.
Then check the quality of your soil and if not good enough for your plants either improve the garden bed or choose plants that can survive and thrive in that type of soil.
It is always a good idea to remove the poor quality clay soil and add some top up with sand and organic compost if necessary.
If you find it hard to remove soil you can always grow your flowers in raised beds if that suits you and your budgets.
Most plants do not tolerate soggy clay soil and will rot.
The worse case scenario is spending money on your plants and then seeing them die.
So let’s get started with this step by step guide.
Purple Flower Garden Design Step By Step
Before getting started you need to consider the following:
Coordinate the flowering time
Each plant, flowers during a certain time of the year and some have flowers longer than others. I suggest if you wish to have a purple flower garden all year round, choose your flowers according to their blooming period so that they flower together all at the same time. Get your pen and paper, write down the name of each flower and the months of the year when that plant has flowers, then decide how you want to organise your planting area.
Consider the height
For a better visual appeal symmetry is the key. I suggest plant flowers of similar height next to each other so that you do not end up with a messy look. The best garden designs are the ones that look tidy and symmetric.
Adopt a colour strategy
Think ahead on types of plants you want to get, look at the pictures of each plant and get to know them as much as you can. Do you want to have just one type of flower or more than one? You may like a carpet of homogenous and symmetric flowers or a mixture of different flowers next to each other. Do you like a coordinated look of similar flowers all next to each other or prefer the contrasting look of different shades of purple?
Check the watering and soil requirements of each plant
If you want to combine plants in one area make sure you do not plant two different flowers with complete opposite needs close to each other. For example, Perennial Flax does better in poor and dry soils while Delphinium needs frequent fertilization and watering. Some plants prefer high nitrogen soils while other die if you feed them nitrogen-rich fertilizers. Some plants prefer low PH while others prefer neutral or alkaline soils.
Check out the planting area
Your next task is defining the area where you want to plant your flowers in. Do you want them in a raw or in a big patch? Are you considering sunlight or shade requirements for plants the right way? Do you want a purple flower garden edge along your driveway or do you want a rectangular area all covered with the same type of flowers? Is your garden patch big or small? Are you planning to plant your flowers in pots or in garden soil? Some flowers do better in partial shade, some prefer full sun. Some are more resilient than others. So before investing in plants think about the location first. Keep in mind for a healthy flower garden, you need a well-drained and rich soil with enough nitrogen and minerals in it. Prepare the soil in advance and add proper nutrients to it at the end of winter each year.
Set you your budget
How much money are you going to spend on your flowers?
How many of them do you need and more importantly, where are you going to get them from? Are you going to plant them from seeds or bulbs or are you going to buy them from a nursery? If you do not want to spend too much money, try to experiment with them in a pot first and get to know them well before starting planting in mass in large patches of garden soil. Keep in mind flowers look better in clusters.
Think about long-term garden maintenance
Your last task is deciding on how you are going to maintain your purple flower garden. Are you going to collect their seeds or replant the bulbs every year? Are you going to propagate them from cuttings or are you going to buy a new set of flowers again next year?