1. LOCATION. LOCATION. LOCATION.
Some plants thrive in full sun. Others will burn and prefer a shady spot to relax. No matter how much you tend to your plants, if they are in the wrong place they will never thrive. Find the spots in your yard where you want to plant, THEN find the flowers to fill those spots.
An article on HOMETALK.com written by The Black Thumb Gardener is titled 'A GARDENER WITHOUT A COMPOST IS NO GARDENER AT ALL' and we agree! Composting does two things 1) it gives your plants a boost of nutrients 2) it is a way to recycle your organic waste so it doesn't go into the landfill. Now that's what we like to call a WIN/WIN!
3. CHECK THE MAP
There is much to be said about consulting the Zone Map prior to falling in love with a particular variety. Just because you love something doesn't mean you can grow it. I'd give anything to have olive trees flourishing on my property, but until I retire in California, that dream is only a dream.
Pruning and deadheading are essential to keeping your garden looking and feeling great! Not only do you not want to look at unsightly dried up flower heads but it isn't good for the plant either. Dead flowers and leaves are sucking energy from the plant so in order to keep everything healthy, be sure to keep up on this.
We easily get dehydrated in the summer months and so do your plants! It is important to remember that most plants need at least 1-2 inches of water per week. Unless you have flower boxes (which need to be watered daily), watering heavily a few times per week is much better than lightly watering each day. Heavy watering ensures hydration all the way to the root of the plant and not just the top of the soil. I've brought nearly dead rose bushes back to live with this practice.