Flower beds can give the yard a new life, making it look interesting and beautiful. Creating a garden is an art, an art that requires forethought and good planning. There are no hard and fast rules about how a flower garden should look, but it should have an aesthetic appeal, and must be easily manageable.
Designs for Garden Flower Beds
When flowers are planted in a bed, they give the garden a neat, clean and pleasing appearance. They are an excellent way of segregating perennials from annuals and bi-annuals. Shrubs, bushes, or small flowering trees can be used to mark the borders. Following are a few tips that can help one design garden flower beds.
Building a flower bed needs planning. The first thing to be done is to asses yourself as a gardener. Are you ready to get your hands dirty, whether you plan to hire help, or your interest in flowers is a passing thing. Once clear, it gets easy to decide the number of beds, and the variety of flowers plants you want.
Outline the boundary of the flower bed using nylon ropes. Decide on the shape, it could be a square, rectangle, circle, or any other design. Using a small shovel, dig up the entire bed at least 10 - 15 inches deep, and level and demarcate the soil as per the design.
If you plan to include designs that have layers, provide adequate support to the soil to prevent soil erosion while watering. One also needs to take precautionary measures to prevent disease and pests in the soil from damaging the seeds or saplings. Use a good measure of organic composite and pesticide while preparing the soil.
Whether sowing seeds or planting saplings, tall plants should be placed at the back of the bed near the fence, while smaller ones should be planted in the front. For beds that have no fences as their borders, shrubs and bushes, or small plants can be grown as border edgings, with smaller plants inside.
Flower Bed Ideas
A traditional flower bed uses roses that are planted in borders, and also mixed with small flowering trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Another rose bed design includes the use of the same variety of roses in different colors, or vice versa.
A raised garden bed with layers of trailing varieties of flower plants, like deep purple petunias, followed by sunny yellows, or a spread of blue Viola with yellow and orange Sweet Williams on the borders will have a mesmerizing visual effect. Try growing trailers like sweet peas, nasturtium or morning glory on the fences as the background.