How to Create Flower Gardens

Overview

Flower gardens are peaceful spots where nature's beautiful array of colors is showcased. Creating flower gardens can involve anywhere from simple to elaborate designs. There are three types of flowers to plant in gardens annuals, perennials and biennials. Beginning gardeners can follow a few basic steps to create their own flower gardens.

Step 1

Select a location for the flower garden. Pick out a spot where the garden will be in view of a window, deck or terrace. Consider bordering a sidewalk or driveway where neighbors can enjoy the beauty as well. Measure the area using a tape measure and mark off individual plots where the flowers will be planted.

Step 2

Determine what types of flowers will be planted in the garden. Keep in mind the climate of the region and select flowers that can thrive in the area. Choose flower colors that complement one another and flower shapes that contrast each other.

Step 3

Prepare the garden location by clearing the sod and grass with the tiller. Use the spade to remove weeds and large rocks from the garden. Till the top 6 to 10 inches of soil until it is ready for planting. Mix the fertilizer and compost into the top 2 to 4 inches of soil.

Step 4

Dig holes into the garden soil with the trowel to insert seeds and starter plants. Place flowers in groups separating the annuals, perennials and biennials into their own sections. Use a water hose with an attached water wand to water flowers. Prune plants when needed to clip off dead leaves and maintain the plants' appearance.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Tiller
  • Spade
  • Fertilizer
  • Compost
  • Trowel
  • Seeds
  • Starter plants
  • Water hose
  • Watering wand
  • Pruner

References

  • Flower Gardening Made Easy: Beginner Gardening Tips
  • The Flower Expert: Designing a Flower Garden
  • University of Illinois: Bulbs and More
  • Plant Care: Basic Flower Seed Guide
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About this Author

Since May 2009, Christina Delegans-Bunch has been pursuing her career as a professional writer. Her work has been published on eHow and GardenGuides. She holds a certification in floral designing and wedding consultation from Harcourt Extended Learning.