How to Arrange a Flowerbed

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A flowerbed arrangement plan can be basic or complicated, and it can be any shape, but it needs a focal point. Arrange a flowerbed, and include statues or birdhouses, with tips from an experienced gardener in this free video on planting flowers and... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda from and we're going to talk about how to arrange a flower bed. Now we all have big hopes when we set aside an area for a flower bed. We buy our first dream house, or we move and we have a beautiful yard that's already established, or we dig out some grass and we start a new flower bed. But any way that we come up with a new flower bed, it's always exciting to come up with a plan. So the best thing you should do is come up with a plan. And it can be a basic plan, it doesn't have to be exactly plant by plant, just kind of a sketching of what you want to do with your, with your whole landscape. And so when I'm setting aside an area, it doesn't need to be square, or it doesn't need to be rectangular. It can be pretty much any shape, and most experts agree that a round shape, or a kidney shaped flower bed is usually the most beautiful, and most parks usually use that kind of a sequence in their gardens. But in your garden you can plant it any way that you want to. And what I try to remember is you want a focal point, and that generally is going to be a tree. So in every flower bed, whether it's a small bush or a large, huge bed, we're going to have a large tree, you should always have at least one large plant in there to be your focal point. And you don't want to put it right in the middle of the flower bed, you always want to put it at eighty-twenty. So if you've got a rectangular bed, you would put it right at the eighty mark, and there'd be about twenty percent of it, the bed would be on one side, eighty percent on the other side. So it'd be the focal point. You can also have different statues or birdhouses, or use anything in your flower bed at that eighty-twenty mark. And, then with the rest of the bed, you want to even it out, and I like to use threes. So, if you're using three shrubs, or three bushes, or three lilies in a different section, or you want different types of plants in any areas, I always like to use threes, unless it's a larger plant, like a tree, then use one. So when you're arranging your flower bed, or planting it, kind of think about these things, and the heights too. You want the tallest items farthest away from the view that you're going to enjoy, and the shortest items closest to where you're going to view them. And the thing about gardening that you've got to remember is everything can change. So nothing's forever. So even if you don't want to take the time to sit down and measure everything out, you don't have to. You can just sit some rocks aside and some plants aside, put them all together and enjoy them, because any way you plant them, they're going to be beautiful. And plants grow naturally in all different types of random shapes and orders. And in a garden they're just as beautiful that way.