How to Arrange a Flowerbed
With the warm weather comes the time to get flowerbeds ready for the spring and summer months. It takes a little work and preparation, but with the right amount of effort, you can have a beautiful bed of flowers all season long.
Arrange plants according to the amount of sunlight or shade they will need. Place plants that need direct sunlight in the sunniest spots, and make sure that shade plants get placed in cool, shady areas. This will be very important for ensuring the success of your plants.
Place plants according to their soil needs, if your soil is inconsistent. Make sure that plants needing good drainage are planted in the best-suited spots.
Combine plants and flowers whose colors and textures complement each other. Varying colors and textures will keep your bed from looking too uniform, but they should complement one another to maintain a harmonious effect.
Plant "cool" colored flowers and plants, such as greens and yellows, in the warmest part of your bed to create a cooling effect. Put "warm" colors, such as reds and purples, in the back of the bed so that their vibrant shades don't drown out the cooler colors.
Arrange your plants and flowers by height, relegating taller ones to the back of the bed. Put shorter specimens towards the front so that they can be seen and enjoyed.
Decide whether you are going for a more traditional formal arrangement or if you want your flowerbed to have an informal air. If you are doing a formal flowerbed, arrange your plants in a standardized pattern, generally rows. If you are going for an informal look, though, you can arrange plants in clumps of three or more.
Article courtesy of eHow.com