Flowering plants are essential parts of almost all modern garden designs. A garden project needs flowers to complement the other components like grass, trees, and other features. While flowers beautify any garden planning ideas, taking some time to do some pre-planning will greatly enhance your garden’s visual appeal.
Certain criteria needs to be considered, including the size of the yard, plant types and locations of flower beds. Let’s look at some flower garden design ideas.
Flower Garden Layouts: Design and Ideas
A good first step inplanning the layout of a flower garden is to determine the size of the garden space. Which plants will be included is a decision that can be made later, after the garden area is created. When drawing your new beds let your imagination run free. Beds that curve around features such as trees and wind along paths are a good way to capture the essence of nature. On the other hand, if your goal is a more formal garden space, lay out your beds with straight lines.
In either case, plan on your flower beds being between 5 and 7 feet wide to provide the greatest planting options.
When you complete preparing the layout of the garden, it is easy to proceed to your next step of selecting flower plants. You may consider growing all flowering plants, including annuals, biennials, perennials and climbing vines. While choosing plants, you should definitely consider the volume of take care of each plant type besides the color of the flowers. Annuals complete their life cycle in one season; they grow, flower, bear seeds and die. They’re most preferred for planting in bedding schemes, in preference to growing at the borders. One could create one more flower bed in each season by planting annuals.
Annuals complete their life cycle in one season; they grow, flower, bear seeds and die. Generally speaking, they look best when planted in beds as opposed to borders.
Some of the most popular annuals for a flower garden layout are geraniums, spider flowers, Brazilian verbena and marguerite daisies. All are hardy and will grow with a minimum of fuss. By selecting different species you’ll be able to design a color scheme inside the same bed. Annuals are a great choice to keep color and interest in your garden before the perennials begin to bloom.
Planting biennials will require some patience. Biennels develop for two years before blooming only once. Then they shed their seed and die. Popular species include Lunaria, hollyhocks, silverbeet and Black-eyed Susan. They could be used at the borders and the hedges such as perennials.
Perennial flowers are long-living plants (more than two years). When planted in favorable climates, perennials will grow continuously. In cooler climates they will grow only during the growing season. Perennials are hardier than most plants with larger root systems probing deeper into the soil. Popular species include Aster, Amsonia, Bergenia, and Butterfly Plant.
If you have included vertical structures in your flower garden layouts such as Lattice, trellises and Pergolas, you can add another look in your flower garden with climbing vines. Vines such as Honeysuckle, Lilac Solanum, Trumpet vine will cover these, and other structures with a riot of color.
In addition to the plants themselves don’t forget to add containers as well to fill any empty spaces. Fill these containers with potted plants and your flower garden layout will be complete.
If you have about three minutes, watch this video. Its a series of stills showing different flower garden layouts that can give you some ideas on how to proceed with your own project. Some are elaborate but many are not.
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