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					Planting a flower garden may be an overwhelming experience for anybody let alone a beginner
gardener. The good news is there are easy ways to get around it by following these simple steps. Read
on to find out what these simple tips are for planning your garden landscape and what lawn décor to
choose to get what you want from the sweet escape in your backyard.

Before you head to a nursery or garden center, make sure you have a plan. Think about where you want
to put your flowers and garden accessories, what colors you want where, how many and so forth. This
will make your shopping experience much easier and faster and probably less expensive. You’ll want to
enjoy a garden that’s in bloom from early spring to late fall by choosing annuals (plants that do not
come back every year) and perennials (plants that do come back every year) based on when they flower.
Refer to plant tags for specific information that pertains to your garden. When picking plants at the
nursery pay attention to the height and width before assigning them a permanent home. When it’s time
to divide your perennials, offer to share your extras with your garden-savvy neighbors in return for
plants you don’t have yet. Make sure to observe your yard’s sun and shade areas. Look for wet or dry
spots. Watch for sandy soil and dense clay. By knowing your garden’s conditions, you can plant flowers
where they’ll thrive. For soils that do not produce thriving plants consider putting garden accessories
such as garden statues, gnomes, wind spinners, wind chimes, stepping stones, mulch, rock, and other
lawn and garden décor. When choosing garden accessories for additional lawn décor around your
garden, consider potting perennials and/or annuals in containers and placing them around your yard.
Garden planters are an easy way to create colorful accents. Many plants benefit from deadheading,
when faded blooms are removed to encourage new growth. To deadhead, cut off the spent slower close
to a bud that’s lower on the stem or above a leaf node. To enjoy perennials or annuals indoors, cut the
flowers in early morning or late afternoon, submerge them in lukewarm water and add a floral
preservative.

Garden accessories are a great way to add a little extra something to any outdoor space. The nice thing
about garden accessories is that they come in all forms, shapes and sizes. Choosing the right lawn décor
for your garden or backyard is always a fun experience because there is so much you can do with it.
Garden stepping stones make transitioning from one place in your backyard to another very easy and it
is also very decorative. Stepping stones can be anything from limestone rock, cement blocks or slates to
flat plaques. Don’t forget about your avian friends. Putting bird houses, bird baths and bird feeders in a
flower garden invites even more color and entertainment to enjoy. There are tons of different kinds of
bird feeders out there; some are decorative, some are for specific kinds of birds and some are very
plain-jane bird feeders. Which ever strikes your fancy your avian friends will be sure to re-visit your
flower garden. Other garden accessories you can consider putting up in your flower garden are wind
chimes and wind spinners. You can find many different kinds of hook stands out there for hanging these
types of garden accessories as well as brackets for the side of a post or wall.

Your flower garden will look amazing after following these simple steps in planning for a garden. The
nice thing about garden accessories is that they are versatile. You can put them almost anywhere and
plant flowers around them or accent some already planted flowers and plants with the garden
accessories. Whatever you choose to do you will be happy with the result it produces.
When it comes to choosing wedding flowers, many brides may know the wedding flower they want in
their own bouquet, but are a little mystified about the rest of the wedding flowers needed to fill out the
ceremony and reception.
While you can leave all your wedding flower selections in the hands of a capable professional florist and
get great results, you may want to take a more hands on approach. We hope this wedding flower guide
will help making planning your most special day just a little easier.

Your first decision should be whether you plan to use a professional florist to create a wedding flower
arrangement and bouquets, or if you'd rather visit a wholesale wedding flower retailer and order
flowers to make your own bridal bouquets, boutonnieres and so forth.

If you are the creative type, a simple floral craft book will give you all the tips and tool lists necessary to
create your own custom wedding flowers that reflect your personal style. It's a good idea to purchase
some flowers to practice with ahead of time to make sure you'll be happy with your results. Whatever
you decide, there are some standard traditions and suggestions to help make sure you've covered all
your wedding flower needs.

Wedding Flower Guide

Wedding flowers for the church would include:

Altar wedding flower arrangements
Pew markers/decorations

Wedding flowers for the reception would include:

Wedding flower arrangement for the bridal table.

Table centerpieces

Buffet table decorations

Wedding flowers for the bridal party would include:

Bridal bouquet
Small Bridal bouquet to toss
Groom's boutonniere
Maid/Matron of Honor bouquet
Bridesmaid bouquets
Best Man boutonniere
Groomsman boutonnieres
Flower Girl bouquet or petal basket
Mother of the Bride/Groom corsages
Father of the Bride/Groom boutonnieres
Step-parent corsages/boutonnieres
Grandparent corsages/boutonnieres

A Few Extra Wedding Flower Tips

* Maid/Matron of Honor wedding bouquets should be slightly more elaborate or in a different color
shade than the rest of the bridesmaid wedding bouquets.
* The Best Man boutonniere should be slightly more elaborate than the rest of the groomsmen
boutonnieres.

* The corsages/boutonnieres for the parents should differ slightly from the step-parents, and all
grandparent corsages/boutonnieres should be different as well. It makes it easier for guests to keep
track of who's who.

* Wedding flower arrangements from the church can be transferred to the reception hall for double
duty.

* Bridesmaid wedding bouquets could be set in waiting vases and used as decoration for the bridal
table.

Remember, these are just wedding flower guidelines. When it comes to your special day, your wedding
flower selections and arrangements should reflect your personal taste and style. You can keep things
simple or get as elaborate as you like, as long as your wedding flowers help you create the perfectly
romantic wedding day you've always dreamed of.

				
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