How to Add Flowers to Landscaping


If you're looking for a way to add some color to your landscaping or you just need to fill in bare spots, one good way to do it is to add flowers. Adding flowers to landscaping can change the whole look of your yard and property. Whether you choose annuals or perennials, flowering shrubs or climbing vines, flowers not only attract beneficial wildlife like bees and birds, but also create a changing look for your landscaping as flowers bloom and grow.

Step 1

Consider the landscaping area and the amount of available light there before you purchase any flowers. You'll need to select flowers suited to full sun, part shade or full shade, depending on your space available.

Step 2

Think about the purpose and function of the area you are adding flowers to. While some flowering plants can be selected to add steady, vibrant color, such as Echinacea or petunias, others can simply act as low-lying foliage like hostas or azaleas with only periodic flowering.

Step 3

Keep height in mind as well when you plan to know if you want to cover something else. If a wall or fence is an eyesore, cover it with rose of Sharon or clematis, or if your goal is to block the view of a tree stump or drainage ditch you could opt for day lilies or hydrangeas.

Step 4

Look through a resource guide to find the flowering plants that match up with your landscape's needs based on steps one through three and grow well in your region. Select annuals if you are looking more for a colorful show that is easily accessible, but perennials work better if you are looking to plant once and only keep up with general maintenance in years to come.

Step 5

Purchase and plant your flowers following the instructions on the plant stake it came with or in your flower guide. Water your new plants regularly a few times a week for the first month to ensure your flowers recover from being transplanted. Once established, a watering once or twice a week should be sufficient.

Step 6

Mulch the flower bed around each plant as well as in the spaces between them using anywhere from two to four inches deep of mulch. The mulch will help keep the weeds out of the flower bed and moisture in.

Things You'll Need

  • Flower resource guide
  • Hand trowel
  • Flowering plants
  • Water
  • Mulch


  • "New Complete Guide to Landscaping"; Better Homes and Gardens; 2002
  • "Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Gardening"; Carroll C. Calkins; 1993
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