South Dakota, garden flowers, horticulture department
Cooperative Extension Service, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Garden flowers are grown for cut flowers and for landscape effects. Many people prefer to have the flowers for cutting in a separate garden which is laid out in rows similar to a vegetable garden. The cut flower garden is more convenient for cultivation and for securing the blossoms for bouquets. Annuals are used extensively because they offer pleasing variety, bloom all summer, are relatively cheap, while perennials do not need to be replaced every year and include many of our old favorites. There is almost an unlimited number of ways in which flowers can be used for a landscape effect. The gardener generally makes his first plantings around the foundation of the house. This foundation planting usually consists of shrubs but a greater variety is obtained by the addition of garden flowers. Perennials are the most satisfactory group to use but annuals are needed to give color after the perennials have ceased flowering. There is an excellent opportunity to use spring flowering bulbs as squall, grape hyacinth, tulip, etc. among this shrubbery. (See more in text.)
Davis, L. L., "Garden Flowers for South Dakota" (1939). SDSU Extension Circulars. 379.