Do you want your yard to be the envy of the neighborhood? You know the one. The colorful plants and textures turn the heads of every visitor and dog walker that comes along. The yard looks delightfully whimsical but clearly takes a skilled gardener to create. Here are a couple of things to consider as you turn your landscape into a colorful oasis!

Size and Scope

One of the best parts about creating flower gardens is that you can easily make adjustments from year to year, so don’t be afraid to make mistakes! However, trying to do too much as you start might feel overwhelming and turn you off to the magical process of watching your garden bloom. Choose a small area and a couple of plants to begin with, knowing that you can add to your masterpiece year after year!


Consider your yard and soil needs when deciding which plants will be a good fit for your space. Many colorful flowers do best in partial to full sun, so choose a place where your blooms can get plenty of light. The National Gardening Center offers a plant database that will suggest types of flowers that can fit your yard’s light level and moisture location. 


The anchor of your garden, perennial plants, and flowers come back year after year, often filling out as they mature. Using perennials simplifies your garden maintenance as you do not have to plant them each season. Perennials need to be divided as they spread, which gives you options for expanding your colorful oasis year after year. 


Annuals add a seasonal punch to your garden because they are planted each year. Adding annuals to your garden architecture is a fun way to change your landscape from one season to the next. These beauties are fragrant and colorful, offering you the option to add quick blooms or fill in spaces very quickly. Find a garden house that is open year-round and changes with the seasons to get the best variety for the perfect annuals all year.

Trees and Shrubs

Give your landscape depth and texture by adding flowering trees and shrubs. Many of these will attract birds and butterflies, which will aid in pollinating and seeding your flower selections. Ground cover can be a gorgeous addition as well along the edges of the garden. 


Once your garden landscape is complete, you will need to maintain your masterpiece. Newly planted flowers will need fresh water daily. Garden flowers generally need 1 to 2 inches of moisture every week to thrive. A layer of mulch can help maintain moisture and reduce how often you need to water. As your flowers begin to bloom, you will need to deadhead them to help them look their best. Clip off old, drying flowers and leaves. Deadheading encourages the plant to put more energy into the parts of the plant that are thriving.

Mix and match these options to create a colorful oasis that holds your interest all year long. Plants A Plenty also offers landscape design, maintenance, and clean-up. Have questions about the best way to care for your garden? Just ask us–advice is always free!

Visit Plants A Plenty today–your local, homegrown garden center and nursery. Visit us at 622 E Cambridge Ave North in Enid, call us at (580) 237-1394, or email us