How to Make Flower Gardens

Overview

A flower garden adds a profusion of color and growth to any landscape. You can grow flowers and create a flower garden on a large scale or a small scale, depending upon time, interest, space and budget. Creating your own flower garden is a project that will give you a sense of accomplishment and ultimately a place of peace and beauty.

Step 1

Choose a location for your flower garden. You can create a flower garden in a sunny spot, a shady spot or a location that receives a mix of sun and shade. The sun and shade exposure will determine the flowers that you plant. Measure the location--the size will determine the amount of weed cloth and edging you will need. Purchase weed cloth, landscape staples, edging and flowers for the space.

Step 2

Choose plants according to the sun exposure on your chosen flower garden location. Choose low-growing plants, tall plants or a mixture of both to create the look you desire. Choose either perennials (which will spread and return each year) or annuals (which will provide immediate color but will die off), or a combination of both, for your flower garden. Water them thoroughly then set aside to prepare the flower bed before planting.

Step 3

Mow the area where you plan to create your flower garden. Set the mower deck on the lowest cut setting.

Step 4

Lay out the weed cloth. If you use more than one section, overlap them slightly. Use landscape staples to hold the cloth in place.

Step 5

Lay out plants in the arrangement you desire before you plant them. Leave plants in their starter containers then place them on the weed cloth in the arrangement you prefer. If you choose a mixture of short and tall plants, place tall plants at the back or in the center of the flower garden. Place shorter plants around the edges of the flower garden. Do not place perennials too close together to allow room for future growth of plants. If you chose to mix perennials and annuals, place annual flowers in between perennials to create a more lush flower bed with immediate color.

Step 6

Cut holes in the weed cloth with a tile spade and dig holes for planting flowers. Plant flowers according to the directions given with each plant. Water the plants thoroughly once you have planted them.

Step 7

Install edging around the perimeter of the flower garden. The edging will define the area of the flower garden and help contain the mulch when it is added.

Step 8

Add a layer of mulch on top of the weed cloth and around each flower. Water thoroughly after applying the mulch. The mulch will help retain moisture around the plants and give the flower garden a neater appearance.

Tips and Warnings

  • If you have never created a flower garden before, start small. You can expand it later as you learn more about creating and maintaining a flower garden.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Lawn mower
  • Weed cloth
  • Landscape staples (optional)
  • Edging (optional)
  • Mulch
  • Trowel or tile spade
  • Watering can, hose or sprinkler
  • Flowers

References

  • "The Complete Garden Flower Book"; Catie Ziller and Robert Oerton; 2001
Keywords: flower garden, planting flowers, flower beds

About this Author

Tamara L. Waters is a freelance writer living in Southern Illinois. She has been writing professionally for print publications since 1992 and has written for websites and blogs since 2006. She is a category editor for Associated Content and writes a weekly column for a local newspaper.