To properly welcome plants to their new home in your garden, dig a hole that’s 2x as wide and the same height as the root ball of the plant. Once your plant is in the ground, make maintaining good moisture levels for the first few weeks a priority because this helps properly establish its roots.
Soil and Mulch
Before planting new areas, till the soil and add organic materials such as compost. The better your soil, the better the garden. You can actually use eggshells, coffee grounds, or fruit and vegetable scraps to make your own compost. Good for your garden and good for the environment: a win, win! Place rocks on the edge of your garden or flower bed to keep grasses and weeds at bay.
Most plants will survive without pruning, but they will live longer, healthier lives and look better if you prune them. Not all flowers should be pruned at the same time. For spring-flowering plants, prune them right after they flower. For most summer-flowering plants, the best time is late winter/early spring before they flower.
Before you plant any blooms, consider how much sunlight they will get. All plants require sunlight to grow, but differ in the amount and intensity of light needed to prosper. Most plants need three to six hours of sun to thrive. Plant labels identify the amount of sun a plant requires as full sun, part sun, part shade or full shade.