Some Helpful Hints from Mike Yeager
Mike Yeager is the author of this guest article in which he gives tips on choosing the flowers that are right for
the conditions in your garden.
Finding flowers that beautify your home and garden!
To help gardeners choose flowers, various systems for rating hardiness have been developed. A plant
is considered hardy in a region if it can grow and thrive there without requiring special protective measures such
as insulating with straw mulch.
Sun or Shade: After hardiness, sunlight is your most important consideration.
Choose flowers that are adapted to the light levels in your garden. Don't plant sun
lovers under dense trees, and don't plant shade lovers where they'll be exposed to blazing mid-day sun. Plant
descriptions give the light preferences for plants, so take these to heart. You may be able to grow a sun lover in
partial shade, but you may get fewer flowers or weaker growth. Place it in a spot where it can really shine!
Each year literally hundreds of new annual flowers are presented to gardeners. Some are distinct improvements based
on the region where the flower was cultivated and some are not.
Inside each cell in green plants are microscopic worlds that trap and convert some of the energy in light, mix it
with water and carbon dioxide, and turn it into a simple sugar. It is this sugar that plants use to grow, flower,
and set seed. The best light for plant growth is sunlight. But almost since the invention of electric lights,
researchers and gardeners have tested various methods to study plants and grow them. Artificial sunlight has the
great advantage of being controllable. Whereas some days might be too sunny or cold or windy to provide the right
light for delicate seedlings, the intensity and duration of artificial light can be fine-tuned. However, for the
typical gardener and flower grower, mother nature provides all the sunshine, water and elements needed to grow
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