Figuring out this gardening thing...need serious help
Ok, I've dabbled here and there in gardening, but the truth is I really don't know what I'm doing. This will be our 3rd spring/summer in our house - there was almost nothing here when we moved in except for a couple of tulips and daffodils, a rose and orange daylilies. and now I am ready to learn more, but there are still many (basic) things I don't understand!
1. I know there are shade gardens, full sun gardens, partial shade/partial sun gardens, perennial gardens, annual gardens.... What about acidic soil/mostly shade/annual/perennial gardens? What can I plant in an area such as this that will give me blooms from spring until late summer/early fall?
2. How do you plant so you have blooms in your garden for the whole time? Let's say you have crocuses, tulips, daffodils, irises, roses, daylilies, and you want to plan other things too in this particular garden. What do you do with the plants once the foliage/blooms fade? Leave them in the ground or do you cut them back to make room for the next blooming plant? What about underplanting? Is that to maximize blooms in a space and so you get a variety of them at different times in the season?
3. Why do instructions on bulb pkgs say to plant a certain distance apart and then when you go look at plans online, they tell you it's ok to clump several bulbs in one hole?? How's someone supposed to know what to do?
My head hurts just thinking about it which is why my garden looks so sad and barren. I am paralyzed by all of it. I have tulips in a sparse row, not in clumps, a few crocuses and dwarf hyacinth dotted here and there, 2 little rose plants (they don't look like bushes), last year I had a couple of daffodils but they didn't come up this year after I tried to redo the garden in the fall and start from scratch (replanted things, not knowing what was what, threw some things out...). The only thing that I have had a tiny bit of success with is dividing and planting hosta. I thought I killed one last summer that was given to me as a present (didn't take it out of the pot and it died), but it's alive and now it's got a place in my yard!
So, I have a lot of questions and I am really so clueless.
I would also like to plant a garden in the back of the house that gets full sun and I think it would be easy enough to follow a garden plan that you see on other websites. It's the front of the house that baffles me. I've attached a photo link so you can see what the front garden looked like last spring. I pulled up a lot of the tulips because only foliage came up with no blooms. I moved them around so the 8 of the 10 that I did save are in the part of the garden to the left of the pathway. We've also since outlined the garden with bricks.
Here is a link that might be useful:
This post was edited by teapot100 on Sat, May 11, 13 at 13:53