Gearing Up For Spring
Rebecca Orlov
Mar 26, 2009

The warm weather and blue skies of Spring provide the perfect opportunity for adding more color by way of outdoor flowers and plants outside your home. If you have ample garden space or a small patio, planting flowers and plants is easy to do with these helpful tips. Check out some suggestions after the jump.

Annual Flowers
Annuals last one season and die out. This means these flowers have to be replanted every year. The cool thing about annuals is you can change the look of your garden each year to suit your color fancy. These blooms work well in gardens, and as edgings and borders.

Perennial Flowers
Perennial flowers come back year after year. The advantage here is you never need to replant them. However, short of transplanting them all, you are pretty much locked-in to your original garden design. One tip with perennials is to choose them based on their tolerance of sun or shade. Another tip is choosing perennials in different heights to create more visual impact.

Flower Bulbs
Flower bulbs come back each year, after being dormant over winter months. Most flowers bulbs are pretty strong and reliable so you don't need to really watch them. They just bloom each year. And like perennials, you can plant bulbs according to flowering times for a constant array of color.

Plant your rose garden so they will get at least six hours of sun per day. Eliminate weeds and get some great circulation and these pretty flowers will keep coming around each year.

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