Garden Construction & Garden Maintenance

Flower Garden Construction Requires More Planning Than Just Colour Choices

For many people, the bright and sunny days of summer are a welcome respite from the drabness of a long winter season.  After many months spent bundled under their winter coats, scarves, gloves, and hats, summer presents an opportunity for people to resurrect their colourful summer wardrobes and accessories and sport them throughout the heat of the season and into the early fall months.

A parallel analogy can be drawn for flower gardens that are intended to adorn residential properties.  After several months lying dormant below a blanket of snow and under gray and dreary skies, the summer offers a prime window for home gardeners to add colour and vibrancy to their properties.

However, for some gardeners, their best-laid plans and intentions might not achieve the desired results in terms of the vibrancy and/or lifecycle of the flowers that they plant.  This can often be due to the fact that simply adding colour is the overriding factor in the choice of flowers, without considering other key aspects to constructing a flower garden.

In addition to colours and perhaps fragrance, other factors that should come into play for homeowners when selecting flowers for a summer garden include:

  • Sun or shade preferences based on flower bed orientation
  • Variations in blooming times and lengths of blooming periods
  • Flower varieties that can be grouped relative to watering needs
  • Layout of flowers to avoid clumps of similar colours/bloom times
  • Preparation of the flower beds in relation to soil type compatibility

Equipped with the above information and preferably a garden construction plan drawn or sketched to scale, home gardeners can browse nurseries and garden centres for the varieties of flowers that will thrive in the settings specific to their respective properties.  To assist in the selection process, the following is a cross-section of flower varieties that are generally recognized for the colour that they can add to a summer garden:

  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Bleeding Hearts
  • Daylilies
  • Delphiniums
  • Globe Thistles
  • Hibiscus
  • Marigolds
  • Petunias
  • Sunflowers
  • Zinnias

For some home/amateur gardeners, planning and constructing flower beds around their properties can pose an exciting challenge yet provide significant enjoyment and personal satisfaction when their plan comes to fruition.  On the other hand, for homeowners who may want to enjoy the end results of such labour but perhaps do not have the time or the penchant for garden construction, the professional landscaping services provided by Landcare could be a viable alternative.

Expert Garden Maintenance Services throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall

While flower garden construction can indeed instill a sense of pride and accomplishment, its visual impression and character can diminish over time without the proper degree of care and maintenance.  Unlike many other types of home and property upgrade projects, living creations, such as flower beds, need regular attention to retain their vibrancy.

In addition to its garden construction services, Landcare also offers comprehensive garden maintenance during the spring, summer, and fall seasons.  The range/scope of these services consists of the following:

  • Spring
    • Clean-up and removal of accumulated debris
    • Cultivation of the soil/recommended modifications
    • Deadheading plants remaining from the previous year
  • Summer
    • Weekly or bi-weekly garden maintenance and care
  • Fall
    • Cutting back perennials as necessary/required
    • Turnover of garden beds to appropriate depths
    • Application of mulching for insulation over winter
    • Dividing perennials and wrapping tender plants (not standard)

The knowledgeable staff from Landcare can capably handle all aspects of garden care and maintenance, and also possess the experience and competence to identify possible areas for improvement and suggest appropriate remedies/solutions.

If you are looking for professional insight and support with your garden construction this summer, call the specialists at Landcare today at 416-410-0320 to book a no-obligation consultation and get your garden plan in place as soon as possible.