Your flower garden may dictate how often you decide to entertain all season. If you have the most beautiful flowers blooming you will want to show them off. Your patio will always be available for guests to stop by. If your flowers are sad-looking you may find yourself making excuses of being busy when guests want to come over for a visit. Below are five tips that will ensure a beautiful display this year.

 1. Evaluate the Sun – Before you start planting, evaluate how long the sun spends at each area of your yard. If your perennials were disappointing last year maybe they just were not in the right place. If your delicate flowers are getting blasted for several hours with the hot afternoon sun, maybe you need to add a few taller plants that will umbrella them.

2. Buy Garden Water Fountains – You want pollinators in your yard. Garden water fountains will make your flower beds more inviting to them. Plus, the water will constantly evaporate, which can be very refreshing to surrounding flowers on a hot day. Of course, one of the main reasons people buy them is for the beautiful visual display they create. When placed near the patio you will love how soothing your outdoor living space becomes.

3. Plant for Pollinators – Speaking of pollinators, it certainly helps to plant flowers that bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies are naturally drawn to. They really love black-eyed Susans, sunflowers, peonies, foxglove, bee balm, and Echinacea. If none of this work into your plans, add bird feeders to your space.

4. Don’t Use Pesticides – Some people make it their personal mission to get rid of all bugs. This is unfortunate because your flower garden simply cannot thrive without beneficial insects. A few beneficial ones include green lacewigs, damsels, syrphid flies, ground beetles, minute pirate bugs, praying mantis, lady beetles, and assassin bugs. Even organic pesticides can harm beneficial insects. So, you might be spraying something to get rid of aphids, but soft-skinned larvae are smothered by horticultural oils.

5. Use Planters – Not all plants have to go in the ground. In fact, it is better if they don’t. You do not want too many flowers fighting for the nutrients in the soil. When you add some planters you can easily create height and depth. Plus, you can change the flowers in the planters throughout the season, so you always have something in bloom.