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How to Create a Flower Bed

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Overview

No matter how small or large the landscape, a patch of flowers in a flower bed can help provide vibrancy to a garden. Flowers offer color and texture to the garden while filling in areas of the yard with bright blooms and lush foliage. Some varieties when grown in the garden make ideal fresh-cut flowers for arrangements.

Step 1

Draw up a "blueprint" for the garden before creating the flower bed. Mark where the flower is housed and the maximum height for each to help determine placement.

Step 2

Monitor the area where the flowers will be planted for sun and shade the spot receives. Keep in mind that as the seasons change the sun casts a different amount of light to the garden.

Step 3

Utilize features of the land such as sloping, receding or raised areas of the bed in the design. Note any areas that could pose a problem to the successful establishment of the plant. Correct any issues or choose a plant that thrives within this environment.

Step 4

Determine the type of soil the garden has and choose plants that grow well within the specific soil environment. Clay soils, a harder soil medium, are not as nutrient-laden as other soils, and can kill plants that are not tolerant. Choose hardy plants that thrive in a wide range of soil varieties to ensure a successful garden.

Step 5

Remove all weeds and sod with a shovel to prepare the bed. Amend the soil with compost to create a nutrient-rich environment and till the soil to work the compost into the garden.

Step 6

Choose blooming flowers that blend well with surrounding flowers and that have similar growing requirements. Grow perennial flowers that once planted, will come back year after year.

Step 7

Add green accent plants to the flower bed to balance out the flower colors for a cohesive design. Stick in annual plants as "fillers" or temporary plants that help to fill in small gaps of the bed.

Step 8

Maintain a regular watering schedule to fully establish the flower bed.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Tiller
  • Compost
  • Perennials
  • Accent plants
  • Annuals

References

  • North Carolina State University Extension: Perennial Selection

Who Can Help

  • North Carolina State University Extension: Maintaining perennials
  • University of Missouri Extension: Watering the Flower Garden
Keywords: creating a flowerbed, flowerbed design, perennial flowers, annual flowers

About this Author

Callie Barber is a writer, designer and photographer in North Carolina. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate your indoor and outdoor living environment. Her articles have appeared in Travels.com and GardenGuides.com and her photography has been featured in "Automotive News" magazine and Forbes.com.