Tip one is to turn over soil in flowerbed and mulch with compost.
Tip two is to dig a hole big enough to hold a six pack of flowers and add Osmocote (plant food) to the bottom of the hole.
Tip three is to add the whole six pack of flowers to the hole and cover and water.
Tip four is to use your garden spade to measure the distance between each planting.
By planting a six pack in each hole you will end up with huge clusters of flowers and it will take just a few weeks to fill in the bed. Yes, this procedure is a little more costly but well worth it.
Speaking of costly, I have noticed a jump in prices this spring in bedding plants. Seems like I spend more each season on annuals even though I use the same amount of plants each year. So, what else is new????