Plant flowerbeds within your landscape to create a showy display that draws your eye into the space. Have fun mixing different flower colors, heights and shapes together to create a harmonious design. Use native plants within the region to help create a low-maintenance landscape. Remember, flowerbeds are always a work in progress, so take your time and don't be afraid to change things around if needed.
Ornamental grasses add an architectural flair to the flowerbed because of their highly textured shape and spiky stems. They are oftentimes drought- and heat-tolerant to create an unfussy, low-maintenance plant. Grown in a wide range of colors, sizes and shapes, ornamental grasses are an ideal plant to grow along the back of a flowerbed for a commanding backdrop or flanking the bed to help frame the space.
A visually appealing ornamental grass to plant is ribbon grass. Growing in upright mounds, ribbon grass reaches heights up to 5 feet and when planted in masses along a flowerbed, providing a focal point to the space. The white striped leaves on ribbon grass provide an added bit of color to complement surrounding plants. Ribbon grass is suitable in U.S. Department of Agriculture Zones 4 to 9.
Perennial flowers are the workhorses of a flowerbed because once planted, they continue to grow and flower year after year. Perennials grow in every color of the rainbow, ranging from deep blues to pale peaches and pinks. Some perennials are variegated with multiple colors swirled together. Their many flower shapes, including cup, trumpet, funnel and bowl, provide a brilliant display in the garden.
Create a perennial flowerbed using a range of perennials with different shapes and colors. Bring in tall perennials like hollyhocks to the back of the bed for height and color. Full, mounding perennials like lance-leaved coreopsis, coneflowers and daisies bring in fullness and their bright bloom colors to the bed. Mix in creeping plants like creeping sedum and phlox to help fill in low growing areas of the bed.
Mix in aromatics like herbs within a flowerbed to add a burst of greenery and scent. Herbs are both perennials and annuals and often have a long growing season, especially in warmer climates where the threat of frost is low. Tall perennial herbs like sage, fennel and parsley have unusual textures that add visual interest to the bed. They are attractive planted along perennial flowers or nestled within containers to situate within a bed. Annual herbs like cilantro, basil, dill and savory help to fill in empty spaces within a flowerbed while providing delicious additions to favorite recipes. Low-growing herbs like thyme and oregano are particularly attractive at the front of a flowerbed.