Ideas for Flower Beds

Many casual gardeners head to the nursery each year and haphazardly select flowers they find attractive at the moment. Although this method can yield an attractive flower bed, advance planning helps gardeners create something more satisfying. Whether they are interested in attracting wildlife, creating a retreat or decorating their home, a flower bed design exists to fit gardeners' needs.

Hummingbird Garden

With a carefully selected array of plants, a flower bed can become the ideal habitat for the often elusive hummingbird. Flowers that produce a lot of nectar are the preferred choice for these delicate creatures. Consider including azaleas, honeysuckle, columbine, fuchsia, impatiens, foxglove, hosta and petunias. Avoid hybrids, which tend to produce less nectar. Include a hummingbird feeder in the vicinity as well, to supplement the flowers. Convenient perching spots such as vines and twigs will provide a place for feathered visitors to rest between feedings. Hummingbirds do not typically use birdbaths, instead preferring to bathe in light rain. Avoid using pesticides in a flower bed designed for hummingbirds as these chemicals can be very harmful to the small birds.

Restful Retreat

A well-designed flower bed can provide a welcome retreat from the noise and hectic pace of daily life. Surround the flower bed with fencing and plant climbing flowers such as the Rosa Altissimo rose. Fill out the rest of the garden with other rose varieties such a Poulsen's Pearl, a delicate pink flower. Opt for colors you find particularly soothing, and stick to flowers with a pleasant aroma. A well-placed bench, swing or hammock will provide the ideal spot for enjoying a small backyard retreat. An arbor or nearby tree can provide shade for an afternoon nap, or you can leave the area sunny for soaking up a few rays while you take a break.

Bouquet Flower Bed

If you enjoy fresh flowers inside as much as out, a flower bed designed to produce ample supplies for homemade bouquets will save you the cost of fresh cut flowers. Consider the indoor decor and the types of flowers you typically display. Daylilies, tulips and roses are common choices. Any long-stemmed variety can be used for bouquets. Hosta plants provide the greenery needed to fill out flower arrangements. Baby's breath is frequently used as a filler. Select colors that will match rooms where you want to display cut flowers. With a wide selection of flowers at your fingertips, you're sure to have a bright and colorful display for both your garden and home.

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