Taking picture with more depth of field

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Taking picture with more depth of field

I'm fairly new to photography, and since I got a samsung nx500 with the 16-50PZ lens, I've been practicing taking photos for about 2 months now. One of the things that I've been trying to get better on out in the field is to get images with the depth of field that I want in my photography.

A challenge that I'm having is taking pictures of small subjects while keeping a good part of the background also in reasonable focus. For example, I took a picture of this flower on the ground.

I'm fairly satisfied with how it turned out, except I had wanted some of those flowers in the background to be in a bit more focus than they are in the picture. I took the picture at 18mm instead of longer focal length because I prefer pictures with a wider field of view. This means, though, that I have to get closer to the subject. The flower is only about 2-3 inches tall, and I found that closer distance to subject means background more blurred out.

So I read that the field of view is dependent on both focal distance and aperture. I tried a range of apertures from f/6.3 to f/9, and depth of field did seem to get wider but not substantial. So I tried to focus a bit beyond the flower, but then I noticed the sharpness of the flower in front becomes lesser than I wanted it to be.

So do any of you have any suggestions on taking pictures of small subjects while also keeping a good part of the background also in reasonable focus? I'm not sure what to try next.

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