If you’ve always wanted a beautiful garden, now is the time to make it a reality. It’s both an enjoyable and gratifying experience to begin with. While creating a flower bed involves some preparation and forethought, building one from scratch is not as difficult as it may appear.
A flower bed is simple to build and can convert a drab part of your garden into a focal point in a matter of weeks. Follow this guide, and you will be off to a good start. Soon, you will be reaping the advantages of gardening as you enjoy your new flower bed. Let’s get to work!
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How to prepare a flower bed
There are a few things to consider when building a flower bed from scratch, such as landscaping, garden soil, amount of light needed, spacing, etc. Generally, it can be placed anywhere, from a corner of your backyard to your front entryway. You can use one to decorate a deck or porch, a garden feature like a pond, or to divide a long narrow garden.
If you’re planting near a driveway, bear in mind traffic safety when determining plant height, and if you live in an area where it becomes snowy in the winter, be aware of salt spray, which can harm plants. If your flower bed is far away from your house’s entry then you will be safe. Otherwise, you will need to cover the bed with thick layers of newspapers before planting.
Many common bedding plants, such as annual flowers, require full sun or at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. You can plant in part-sun or even shady areas, but the types of flowers that will bloom there will certainly be more limited.
Loamy potting soil with plenty of compost and organic matter is ideal for most flowering annuals, such as zinnias and perennials. Rake away any rocks or other debris from the location, break up any large clods of dirt, then enrich the flower garden bed with a layer of compost to support the growth of healthy plants. A good soil test is also a good idea to see if you need to add any nutrients or mulch that your plants need to look their best.
Flower bed ideas and designs
Below are some creative designs for your garden:
1. Tulips with annuals and perennials
This fantasy garden strikes a beautiful balance. Why not keep your flower bed blooming year after year with tulips, annuals, and perennials that require little upkeep and come back to you every season? Tulips should be planted farther apart than your shorter, low-growing annuals and perennials.
When the winters are cold, your tulips will return for several years, but they may not survive in warmer, wetter climates. This new flower bed features a mix of red and yellow tulips in a variety of tones.
In a mixed flower bed, planting clear, primary tulips will produce a celebratory image. Daylily, Catnip, Salvia, and Bells of Ireland are all excellent tulip companions and should be considered if you want to recreate this stunning entire flower garden.
2. Floral garden in the shape of a flower
Why not create a flower-shaped flower bed? For the petals, use pink begonias and a prostrate green plant, like Hacquetia, for the curved stems. Make certain that everything is neat and tidy.
3. Flower bed made of raised blocks
A raised garden bed composed of pre-cut bricks and pavers makes it easier to care for the new plants. Plant decorative grasses, turf lilies, chrysanthemums, asters, thrift, and possibly a small tree. A vegetable or herb can be added too. If you do, don’t forget about the gnome in your vegetable garden.
How to create a flower bed
Follow these simple steps to build your own:
Step 1: The location
Start by measuring the space that yours will be in. Clear and level the area, making sure that there are no rocks, stones or weeds left there. Now you can have a clear image of how big yours will be. Let’s move on!
Step 2: Soil and compost
Get new soil full of nutrients and place it on the area that you’ve cleared. Add a couple of cm of compost to the surface to help your new plants thrive and flourish. Plus, compost helps loosen the soil, making it more friable. If you have a clay type of soil, you can add peat moss in there for better results.
Step 3: Weed barriers
It is a fact that weeds and weed seeds are a great enemy of your beautiful plants. And it might be really frustrating to see them pop up all over the place and create a chaotic image. That’s where weed barriers come to play! They are meant to be used with garden mulch. Why? Mulch helps the weed barrier stay in place, and it protects it from the UV rays that can wear it down. Plus, you can easily hide it that way!
Most people go for woven weed barriers that have great air circulation and let water and other nutrients move around freely. Another alternative for keeping your barrier intact is using garden staples. They are extremely versatile, especially if the entire area is slopey.
Step 4: Plant flowers
You might ask, “how am I supposed to plant anything with a weed barrier right there?” and the answer is simple. You can just cut little holes or X-shaped lines in the woven fabric. You can do this easily with a knife. Fold back the parts of the woven fabric and hold them down. You can use some mulch to keep you in this process (thanks to its weight).
Dig your holes and then slowly and smoothly lower the plant’s rooting system in there. Make sure not to damage it. Cover the hole with the mulch that you’ve gotten out earlier, and then tap the woven fabric to make it look neat. Grab your garden hose and water them the right way.
Plants for your new flower garden
Of course, you’ll want to pick the kind of flowers that thrive in your environment and are suited to the amount of sunlight your site receives. People tend to go for low plants in the front row, medium-height plants in the middle row and the tallest plants in the back row, which seems logical. But sometimes you can do your own thing!
No matter what you do, make sure that you create a focal point. It can be something really colourful like a special flower or even a cool planter. Maybe you can try creating a fairy garden next to it as well. There are so many options. When it comes to plants, though, you can find here some gardening tips and suggestions:
The great thing about perennials is that they are, well, perennial! Need we say more? They return year after year to add rich, stunning colour to yours. Don’t be too bound by the usual tall-at-the-back-short-at-the-front rule.
Short early flowers, such as hellebores, create stunning clumps in the rear and prefer the shadow of taller perennials later.
Ornamental grasses are fantastic because they require minimal maintenance yet bring interest to any planting scheme. They are a terrific way to beat the early autumn blues. Their delicately coloured foliage and sprays of tiny flowers will take the stage when summer flowers fade.
Furthermore, they are friendly to the environment. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance choice, Anemanthele Lessoniana thrives in dry shady areas and requires no watering, while Calamagrostis will give you the impression of a cornfield.
One of the advantages of a herb garden is that it does not require a large amount of space. Herbs thrive in enclosed spaces, dedicated beds, or as part of a flower border planting. The goal is to cultivate herbs that you use and like. For example, you can try to grow your own parsley, chives, rosemary, thyme, and even celery. Herbs work well in both informal and formal gardens.
Informal herb gardens are a free-for-all, with various species and colours; whereas, formal herb gardens are based on patterns and geometric garden design. Despite the spontaneity of informal herb plantings, the best ones are often planned.
We recommend roughly 1.2 m wide beds in a formal arrangement so that the herbs are easily accessible. If the space becomes too wide, stepping stones should be used to improve access.
Even if lavenders were just obedient evergreens that floated fragrant flower spikes around throughout the summer, they’d find a home in practically any garden. Lavenders have it all: colour, aroma, leaves, form, and garden worthiness to the highest degree. Lavender is also a great mixer, working well with both annuals and perennials.
It is drought tolerant, which makes it suitable for establishing in hot places, as the mainstay of gravel beds, or in challenging areas prone to dryness. Plus, it’s also a useful source of nectar for passing insects in wildlife-friendly regions.
Creating a flower bed might seem like a daunting experience, but we proved it otherwise. It is a fairly simple project that just about any first time DIYer or gardener can complete. Once you start admiring your new creation, rest assured all the effort you spent planning, arranging, and planting will be repaid many times over!