Just about everyone is trying to go green these days, in no small part due to the media-wide efforts to raise environmental awareness. Suddenly, people from all classes and ages are making changes in their lives, even if these are on a small and personal scale, for the love of the environment. And one of the common ways people are trying to go green is by growing greens—even just a simple flower garden in their backyards.

If you have the space for it, a garden is a wonderful thing to start on. Besides the fact that shrubs, flowers, and trees are environmentally friendly and a lovely accessory to your home, the art of gardening is therapeutic for many as well as a great full-body exercise when you do it right. So whether or not you have a certified green thumb, you should still start considering the possibility of growing your own garden.

Before exploring the idea of gardening, though, you should know and understand the types of flowers you intend to grow to give you more ideas on how to keep your garden in perfect bloom. Don’t be ashamed to ask help from people who can give you first-hand information on this. Remember this as well: flowers are indeed lovely accessories at home, but beyond that, they are God’s gift to every living being on earth.

Also, be aware that water shortage is a problem in many areas, particularly during the summer, so it’s a good idea to read up on ways to minimize your water consumption while maintaining a healthy garden.

[Click here to read up on keeping your garden green during the hot months—practices that actually work all year round]

While the tips in the slide show below offer you some flower gardening basics, it’s good to do some extra reading too. These sites will help you with your green-thumb research:

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