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Why you should Decorate with Flowers

Let me start by saying I LOVE FLOWERS!  Planting a flower bed is something I look forward to each spring and fall.

I believe it is just as important to decorate the outside of the house as it is the inside.  Every home should be decorated with flowers whether it is with beautiful flower pots or large flower beds.  I have both!

A home really comes alive when it has flowers around it.  It makes a home more tranquil, and guests feel more relaxed when they visit.

Flower Bulbs

If you plant your beds correctly, your flowers will come back every year!

We moved into our current home this last November, so I spent the fall planting bulbs.  I am a big fan of bulbs because they are a great surprise every time they poke their heads out of the ground, and they come back every year!  On either side of my porch steps, I did bulb stacking.  The pictures show my lilies and Iris coming up from my bulb stack location.

What is bulb stacking?

Bulb stacking is a technique of placing your bulbs in one area, close together, and on top of each other.

To Bulb Stack dig down a foot in the location you want your flowers to bloom.  My area is about 1′ wide by 5′ long.  Plant your bulbs in the order in which they come up. Make sure that you are planting perennial bulbs.

  • Layer 1-bottom Layer-Last to Bloom- Lilies, Alliums, Daffodils, and Tulips, Dutch Iris
  • Layer 2-Middle Layer-Bloom 2nd- Double Daffodils, Imperiallis, Mid-Season Tulips
  • Layer 3-Top Layer-Bloom first- Crocus, Dwarf iris, Snowdrops– Bulbs tend to be smaller in size

Between each layer make sure you have an inch or so of dirt.  Cover the top layer with dirt to flower bed level.

So now What?

  • Buy your bulbs at a lumber yard like Lowes, or even Walmart has a great selection.  Buy them early before they are picked over- end of August is good.
  • Look on the map below and see when bulb planting season is for your area.
  • Plant and wait until spring to see the beauty.

Picture source- Landscapegardencenters.com

Other Bulbs and Plants

I also often Bulb my Elephant ears and Caladiums. These bulbs do not normally come back in Oklahoma and need to be replanted yearly.

Other Perinals I enjoy: Day Lilies (as many as possible), Cannas, Dahlias, HollyHocks, Hydrangea, Hosta, Lantana, Gladiolus and Butterfly bush.

I do plant some annuals that will not return each year.  Including- sweet potato vine which grows crazy in our Oklahoma heat and Sun Patients are one of my favorites as they last late into November.

What if you don’t have flower bed space at your home?

Pots are always a great addition!  You can plant as many or as few as you like!

A few of my flower pots:

 

I like to mix multiple types of flowers in each pot. I will post more about pots when I plant my fall pots!

Check out this post about my favorite water hose.

Have questions or need help planting? Message me below!

 

33 Comments

  • Tara

    August 21, 2017 at 5:20

    Thanks for the information! I’ve always been timid of planting bulbs – not knowing when to plant them! Based on your map, looks like I need to get a plan to plant in my Colorado soil in late-September. Thanks!

  • Lynn

    August 21, 2017 at 5:20

    I’ve never heard of bulb stacking. Does it work just with bulbs? We only have perennials now and we have flowers blooming almost all summer long. I’m planning on buying hydrangeas this year.

  • Alicia Heil

    August 24, 2017 at 5:20

    This is a timely article- just in time for me to get ready to plant bulbs and in between the fall and Spring growing season. I’m a veggie gardener, but I need to start doing flowers for the front yard. Thank you for this valuable information

    • Jenn

      August 24, 2017 at 5:20

      Absolutely Alicia! We have so many friends and family that grow veggie gardens that I have an abundance of Veggies given to me! I haven’t planted one yet but maybe someday! Let me know how your flower bulb planting goes!

  • John

    August 24, 2017 at 5:20

    I live in an apartment and have cats. So, I can’t have any flowers inside. I am going to take your advice about the pots! I can put some outside on my porch! Great ideas and I’m looking forward to implementing them! Thanks! 🙂

  • Melissa Parcel

    August 24, 2017 at 5:20

    I love the idea of bulb stacking, I had never heard of this before and it’s a great idea. I’m going to have to try that, I have some bulbs here to plant soon.

  • Heather

    August 24, 2017 at 5:20

    Perfect timing! I’ve never planted anything before (we’ve done potted plants but they always die on me) and this makes me want to go to lowes right now! So beautiful and colorful, it really makes a house a home.

  • Kamie Berry

    August 24, 2017 at 5:20

    Your garden looks amazing! I wish I could keep tulips alive here in Florida, but they just wilt and die as soon as they open because of the heat.

  • Kourtney

    August 24, 2017 at 5:20

    I LOVE flowers, in and outside of my home. Your photos are all so gorgeous. We moved a year ago and have planted ZERO flowers at the new place, because we put tons in at our hold house before selling it and are just now beginning to feel a tad motivated to think about that again for our new house! So this is great inspiration for me right now. 🙂

    • Jenn

      August 24, 2017 at 5:20

      I am so glad it motivates you! Bulbs will be easy to do if you have nothing to work around! Have a Joyful Day!

  • Melissa

    August 24, 2017 at 5:20

    I love gardening and anything that has anything to do with flowers! Great suggestions, I can’t wait for spring to come back around again now! 🙂

  • Stacey

    August 24, 2017 at 5:20

    I haven’t planted a lot of bulbs. I did pinkish calla lilies one year, and they were pretty. I had them in pots. Your pots are gorgeous, by the way. I’m not really the best gardener, but I sure love to look at flowers!

  • Shelanda

    August 24, 2017 at 5:20

    Great article! I’ve never heard of bulb stacking. And I love your flowers. I will be trying this very soon.

  • Anitra

    August 24, 2017 at 5:20

    I definitely need to use flowers to decorate the outside of my house. Once we’re done redoing the front, I will use these tips!

  • Tifanee

    August 25, 2017 at 5:20

    I really wish I had the time to plant flowers! I have a little dream of having a cute little house with all these flowers blooming in the front yard. lol My mom and dad are more of the planters of flowers and seeds in the family. Great info!