You can send a sample of your soil to a local agricultural agency to have it tested.
Dig down six to seven inches deep and then gather two cups of dirt into sample bags. Mail them off to find out what nutrients you need.
If you find a flower you like, always buy more than one.istock/sarahdoow
Plant clumps of species in odd numbers, such as five or seven in one area, or repeat the groupings throughout your landscape for a unifying effect.
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DIY landscapers tend to make their planting beds too narrow and too close to the house.istock/tab1962
You want to extend your beds out at least one- to two-thirds of the house’s height, if not more.