What’s In Your Flowerbed?

Wondering what to plant in your flowerbeds this summer? Petunias are my go-to flower for a full-sun flower bed.

As the weather gets warmer and the grass begins to turn green once again, one of my favorite spring-time activities is tending to my flowerbeds and landscape around my home. Not only does taking special care of the exterior of your home add value to your property, it tells your neighbors and those searching for homes in the area that you care about the well-being of your home and if all the homes in the neighborhood have well maintained landscape, it makes the neighborhood more appealing to home buyers. Whether you are selling this summer or not, taking extra care of your flowerbeds and landscape around your home will make a lasting statement.
I remember my first home well; we moved in June and I was eager to get out in the dirt and see if I had a green thumb. Not having much experience in planting and tending to flowers to back me up, I was naive in thinking that I could plant any flower I wanted to and it would grow beautifully with little effort. I was wrong. By the end of June I quickly began to realize that the beautiful begonias that once were blooming in vivid color with lush green leaves, quickly shriveled. I soon realized that I had planted them in an area that received full sun the entire day. It was then that I began to do my homework and realized that begonias thrive much more in partial shade with some sun. And who knew that all those flowers that eventually die should be plucked off to allow new blooms to flourish! While the begonia is known for being pretty foolproof, it’s still best to do a little bit of homework before planting any flowers in your flower beds if you’re hoping for lots of colorful blooms all season.
After a little bit of homework on my part and paying more attention to how much sun my flowerbeds get, I have come to rely on petunias as my go-to flower. I have experimented with many different varieties of flowers, but the petunia has proven to be a favorite in my book. These blooms flourish in full sun and even after being on vacation for over a week you can come back home to beautiful trumpet-shaped flowers still thriving. Mounds of blossoming foliage will make your neighbors envious all summer long and long into fall. In the past I used to pull up the plants from the flowerbed in the fall after they had completely died, but after not doing so one year I discovered an amazing trick! The next summer I found volunteer petunias growing up in the flower bed where seeds from the previous summer’s plants had left behind! I will admit that I love a flower bed overflowing with colorful blossoms. Some may not agree, but I just love to admire the beautiful colors radiating in front of my home all summer long.


I must admit, however, that last summer I strayed from my go-to flower in an attempt to experiment with a new variety hoping to escape boredom from planning the same flower year after year. I quickly regretted it when I was not as impressed with the result and soon became to wish I had relied on the faithful petunia. You can bet that this year I will once again opt for the classic petunia with its ever blooming, low maintenance, trumpet-shaped flower, ranging in a variety of colorful options.

What are your favorite spring flowers? If your an expert in a particular species or have advice to share with the group, please do!


Emily Schmidt is a Sibcy Cline REALTOR® from Beavercreek, Ohio. She has helped clients in both the Dayton and Cincinnati areas find their dream home and sell their current property. Emily can be reached by phone at 937-409-6337 or by email at [email protected]



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