Flowers have always been used as gifts and surprises. Why? Because they’re beautiful and colorful. They make women feel that they are cared for. Likewise, if your home has flowers, it shows that the homeowner cares enough to decorate and maintain their home to make it beautiful and inviting.
Flower Bed Designs for Your Home
Want to give a year-round decor to your backyard or porch? Go the extra mile and place a flower bed! Here are 15 design inspirations you can use to design your own.
1. Trunk in Bloom
Have a huge stump on your background? Instead of waiting for it to grow a tree, you can utilize this as a place for your flowers. Not only does it save space, but it also prevents you from using large pots. It even looks more natural than using stones and bricks to create a flower bed.
2. Flower Boxes
Looking for a way to keep flowers in one area? Use a flower box so that you can control where your plants grow. This is especially ideal for homes that don’t have grassy yards and porches. A flower box can be made of wood and it can be stuffed with soil so that you can still grow plants.
3. Flowered Walkway
To create a more scenic walk in your yard, line it up with flowers and plants. This walkway has been beautifully landscaped so that plants don’t grow over the rocks. Plus, if you want the walkway to look bigger, you can use tall plants and shrubs. This way, the eyes of your visitor is drawn upward.
You can also create a cute little walkway lined with shrubs and flowers that are cut in a circle. This yard blends organization and nature in a very artistic way. It’s as if you are walking in a hotel’s garden.
4. Year-Round Growth
Most of the time, spring and summer are the seasons where flowers bloom. But you don’t have to be dependent on the seasons to have a beautiful garden. In fact, there are so many flowers that grow year-round. Fill your yard with perennials like sedums, candytufts, and bergenias.
5. Flower Wagons
Make use of a broken wagon by converting it to a large flower pot. Since pots are often the choice for flower beds, you can have a more unique design by using different gardening tools to decorate your space. For example, this broken wagon has found its new use by being a flower pot for this diverse flower arrangement.
6. Crazy for Tulips
It’s not all the time when you find tulips. Although they are a famous choice for bouquets, they’re not as popular for flower beds. But if you try to grow them in your backyard, it suddenly gives a different kind of elegance to your space.
7. Pretty in Pink
When it comes to flowers, pink is the associated color. This is mainly because most types of flowers have pink dye on them which makes it a common color. Nonetheless, pink is an eye-catching color if you want to brighten up your yard. It’s a perfect contrast to the green overgrowth too. Take a look at this flower bed.
8. Color Play
But pink isn’t the only color out there. If you want to give more life to a garden, don’t be afraid to mix and match colors. Unlike clothes, gardens don’t have a strict guide in having so many different colors. For example, this tulip garden is not afraid to show how each tulip is different.
If you want to make it more organized and appealing to the eye, you can lump all of the same colors in each part of your garden just like this flower beds.
9. Side Yards
Side yards are one of the classic designs in terms of flower beds. They help decorate a usually overlooked wall outside of your home. Having a flower bed line your house also allows you to prevent people from climbing into your house through the windows. It can even be a great hiding place for hoses or gardening tools.
10. Flowers by the Window
Flowers by the window sill has a strong rustic and countryside theme to it. If you’ve been to Italy, then you would know that a lot of houses in their countryside either have plants by the door or flower beds on their windows. If you want to have this similar theme to your home, you can add hanging flower beds outside.
11. Garden Centerpiece
If you want to save on flowers and plants on your yard, you can choose to have one centerpiece instead of having plants line up the whole perimeter. When it comes to centerpieces, the sky is the limit. You can choose to have one tree at the middle like this garden.
Or you can have a well-decorated piece. Take a look at this yard. It has a large cooking pot at the center where instead of fire, red and yellow flowers are mixed with the logs. Talk about creativity!
Or if you have the budget, you can have a fountain in your garden. You can line the foot of it with flower beds that perfectly complements the color of the centerpiece. You can use small flowers because you don’t want the flowers to get all the attention from your fountain.
12. Backyard Plantation
Who says flowers are the only ones that make a garden look beautiful? Contrary to popular belief, vegetables and fruits planted on your yard can make for a nice and colorful garden. Fortunately, a lot of fruit plants also grow flowers on them. If you want a dual-purpose garden, then it’s best to pick plants that also grow food that you can eat.
13. Flower Seats
No, you won’t be sitting on flowers. Instead, you’ll have flowers wherever you sit! Create an elevated flower bed where you can use the ledge as a seat. If you don’t have space for a garden table on your yard, then an elevated flower bed can do this for you. Just make sure that the flowers and plants are well-maintained so that your guests will not have dirt on them.
It doesn’t matter whether you have a big garden or a small one. The important thing is to maximize the space. This garden made use of a small corner to add a hanging bench. To make things more interesting, there’s a flower bed right behind it.
14. Rose in Bloom
Of course, a flower bed won’t be complete without any roses in it. Roses are one of the most popular flowers simply because they’ve been associated with so many things like love, loyalty, friendship, purity, you name it. Although roses are harder to maintain in a flower bed, all your efforts will be rewarded once you see them bloom.
15. Artistic Patterns
Take advantage of color and texture when it comes to flowers. If you are planning to use different types of flowers and to have different colors in your garden, then you might as well design how they are placed. For example, this yard went all out to have different shades of pink with green flowers for contrast.
Or create shapes and objects with the help of a landscaper. Although this is much more expensive if you do it yourself, the finished product is worth all the money.
16. No-Fuss Gardens
If you prefer having a simple garden than a flower patch, then
8 Beginner-Friendly Flowers to Plant
To those who don’t plan on hiring a landscaper, making your own flower bed can be daunting. The constant thing that you will face is the fact that some flowers could never grow or they die as easily as they blossom. But don’t worry, if you’re a newbie to these gardening concerns, you can take comfort in these 10 flowers for beginners. They’re easy to plant and they are low maintenance.
If you want to add color to your garden without having to maintain it all the time, you should go for daylilies. Daylilies are known for its bright hues – pink, orange, yellow, and purple. They are great if you have a big garden, because you can fill this space up with flowers and not worry about having pests around. Daylilies also flower almost the whole year, so you can have a colorful garden most of the time.
2. Creeping Thyme
When it comes to landscaping, it’s always best to strike a balance between big and small elements. If you have enough large flowers on your flower bed, then you can balance it out by having creeping thyme. Creeping thyme might easily be a filler for spaces in your yard, but it is also a good choice if you want low-maintenance flowers.
3. English Lavender
English lavender doesn’t just come in lavender. In fact, it has shades of white or purple. If you want to add dimension to your flower bed, you can use this plant to complement round flowers. Also, English lavender is actually considered a herb that grows all throughout the year.
4. Giant Allium
Giant allium, also known as “giant onion”, comes from Asia. Although it is considered as a herb in its native land, it is often used as flowers and ornaments in the Western part of the world. The flower itself can grow as high as 1.5 meters which is great if you want to place them in flower pots. Another great thing about this flower is that it doesn’t require any special soil to grow.
Pansies come in different colors. But another good thing about them is that they are easy to maintain. All they need is a soil that can drain water easily and a healthy soil (which is really the basic requirements). Although this flower does not bloom all year long, it still blossoms during cooler seasons like fall and spring.
Marigolds come in different types, but the more popular ones are African or American marigolds. Planting marigolds add color and brightness to your garden as they often come in yellow hues. Plus, its flowers are always spread out, so if you want to see a lot of flowers without spending too much, marigolds can be your choice of flower.
Impatiens are one of those perennial plants that will never let you down. It comes in a variety of colors and they are great complements to bigger flowers. Impatiens grow faster when they are planted in loam soil, and they often attract birds and insects. Although they can strive in cold climates, they should still be watered when needed.
Just like the impatiens, begonias grow the whole year. They come in different colors but the most popular ones are red and pink. Begonias look good when it comes to pots and baskets. You can easily name them as ornamental flowers as they have small stems.
FAQs in Having and Maintaining Flower Beds
New to all the landscaping ideas showed here? Don’t worry, here are answers to the frequently asked questions of new gardeners.
1. What flowers are allowed to be placed in flower beds?
There is no limit to what kind of flower or plant you should put in your flower bed. But before you buy different sorts of flowers, it is always better to have an idea about what you want your flower bed to look like. This will help you take into account the color and size of the flowers.
2. Is raised bed better for flowers?
When it comes to doing raised beds or regular flower beds (meaning, regular gardening), more maintenance and care is needed for the former. This is because regular flower beds have the moisture of the surrounding soil. However, if you want a raised flower bed, you have to know that the soil is dryer since it isn’t connected to the soil around them or on the ground.
3. How many times should you water your flower bed?
This depends on the water needs of your flowers and if it already rained during the day. Usually, flowers need to be watered once a day. Contrary to what a lot of people think, giving your flowers a lot of water does not make them healthy or stronger. Too much water can flood the flower bed and it could make it ugly. Nonetheless, if it already rained during the day, there is no need to water it at night.
4. When should you fertilize your plants?
Fertilizer is often used to add more nutrients to the soil. However, you don’t have to fertilize the soil of your plants a few times a year. In fact, there are plants who don’t need fertilizing every year. If your plants need to be fertilized, the best times are usually early spring or late fall.
5. What kind of soil should you use?
There are three types of soil – clay, sand, and silt. The best one to use for growing flowers or plants, in general, is loam. Loam is a mixture of all three types of soil and it perfectly balances the water retention, fertility, and draining capabilities of soil.
6. What is the best way to remove weeds?
If there is one thing that ruins the quality of a flower bed or a garden, that would be weeds. Weeds spread in a lawn, so you want to get this under control before they become too many to handle. There are many ways to remove weeds, but the best way is to remove them by hand while using an organic weed killer. There are many weed killers out there, but the organic kind does not have chemicals that can harm your flowers.
7. Why does your plant keep dying?
There are many reasons why a plant could die and it’s not just about the lack of water. Your plant can be unsuited for the climate in your area or it needs a special kind of soil so that it can thrive. You should also know that different flowers bloom in different seasons, so if your flower-bearing plant does not have flowers yet, it could be because it is not time for it to flower. Nonetheless, it will help to do research on the specific requirements of the plants in your yard.
8. How do you design a garden?
When you design a garden, first think about what appeals to you the most. If you know that you love something with both flowers and fruit-bearing plants, then your focus should be on those. You should also take into account the purpose of your garden – is it to entertain guests? for kids to play around? for design purposes only? What you plan to do with your space will help determine which plants and what layout your garden should have.
Flower beds always add color to a garden. Although it can thrive without flowers, you don’t want to just fill it with different shades of green. Flowers inspire life and color to a person’s home.
Tired of having dull and sad gardens? Brighten things up by adding flower beds to your yard. Flowers are a great way to bring life in a space and you can design them in so many different ways. Know more about flower beds and all the designs you can make by clicking this link!