The addition of a flowerbed to the landscape creates the opportunity to showcase the exterior of your home. Flowers grab the eye of an observer, drawing attention to the most handsome features of your house. Shape plays a large role in how the flowerbed fits into the landscape and reflects the overall image the gardeners wants to the present with the garden design. Ideas for flowerbeds include many shapes as well as a variety of different types of flowers, shrubs and trees to incorporate into the design.
Free-Form Flower Beds
Traditionally designed garden beds feature straight lines and angles. Planting these sites presses a gardener to create a perfectly symmetrical garden plan. The growing tendencies of flowers invite a freely designed flowerbed. Skip the straight lines and create an irregularly shaped outline to this planting site. This design softens the harsher aspects of the landscape such as walkways, decks, driveways and porches. Very few flowerbeds should be rectangular in shape unless the sites function as border gardens.
Border flowerbeds serve to add both beauty and function to the landscape. This type of flowerbed lines a driveway or fence line and serves to limit foot traffic through lawn areas of a property. Border beds can be planted with a profusion of annual or perennial flowers, shrubs or with staggered low evergreens. These gardens delineate portions of the landscape and should have the tallest plants placed in the rear of the garden when lining the edge of a property.
The corners of the home often get overlooked as the perfect spot to add spice to the landscape. A pie-shaped corner garden serves the purpose of filling a dead spot for a corner fence. Add a soft wavy border to the front of this simple garden to soften the lines of the fence. Plant taller plants in the back with successively smaller plants working forward to the garden edge.
Most landscapes contain plants repeated throughout the design to add cohesion. Cohesion can be created by using similar color flowers, a select shrub or by choosing a particular type of edging material. Flower gardens often produce blooms during a particular time of year, leaving the garden bare at other times. Complementary plants include any companion plant added to a flowerbed to accent the flowering annuals or perennials. A groomed evergreen shrub can form the perfect backdrop for a wealth of blooms. Adding complementary plants to the flowerbeds ensures interest and texture even when flowers aren't blooming.