Springtime flowers are beautiful. After a drab winter, who doesn’t want to add some color to their yard?
And why is Ellen writing about flowers? Well, organization takes place outside your house, as well.
When you decide to add color to your yard, you’re also adding work to your plate. Yes, it is work to plant the flowers, but maintaining them is where the real work begins. Consolidating your floral maintenance is the best plan.
Consider container gardening or planter gardening to consolidate the workload. There are a wide variety of moderately priced pots of varying sizes, colors and textures. Try an odd number of pots of different sizes near your front porch. The pots will add some dimension, and of course, the flowers add the color. Hanging baskets add color at a different focal point. A screw eye with a hanging chain from your garden center can make that basket hang a little lower.
And when it comes to watering the flowers, a coiled hose (not the pocket hose) works great by not having to wind up a hose. It springs back on its own and can easily lay behind a bush. By placing the pots and hanging baskets near the hose, they can easily be watered in five minutes. Even if you planted some flowers in your beds, they can be watered at the same time. Speaking of beds, don’t feel the need to plant flowers the entire length of your beds. A clump of color in a few spots that can be watered easily will add something without adding too much maintenance.
Of course, if you don’t live with a plumber, having a water source nearby your front porch may not be as feasible. But consider how much time it takes to drag a hose and set up the sprinkler – it may be worth it in the long run to have the expense of that additional spigot installed in a convenient location. Beauty in the yard can happen if you help yourself create an easy maintenance program.