Flower beds make bright spots in any landscape—big or small, country or urban. Gardeners not only have traditional flower beds, but they also create beds to hide undesirable buildings and utility boxes.
Others have created a backyard haven in the middle of their city by creating vertical flower beds and mini-gardens with seat walls to enjoy fragrance, movement, and whimsy.
Grow Your Flower Beds Using Different Materials, Spaces, and Flowers
At the very least, you should have a plan in mind for your flower beds. For example, you may want a front garden that improves your curb appeal as well as welcomes anyone coming up to your front porch.
You can also create flower beds around the mailbox or upcycle an old farm implement as a type of raised bed. Here are some other ideas:
- Start by getting to know the area where you’ll be building the new flower bed. You can rejuvenate a worn-out flower bed, or you can create newly landscaped areas that use some color and life in them.
- Test the soil in your intended flower beds. GardenDesign.com recommends digging 1’ holes in different spots and take a tablespoon of dirt from each hole.
Add each tablespoon of soil into a quart-size jar or plastic bag. Send your soil samples to your local extension service to have it tested for you.
- What’s the purpose of your new flower bed? Do you want more pollinators in your flower garden? Do you want to plant a flower bed with the same types of plants that your mom planted in her gardens?
- How much do you know about creating and maintaining flower beds? If you’re a newbie to gardening, you may need to take some courses, read books on gardening, and visit public gardens in your area.
- If you live in a city where your lot is small, you can still create beautiful flower beds. Think vertically as well as look for little nooks where a small flower garden will fit. Consider window boxes, wall planters, container gardening, and other places to add some color.
Just make sure there’s plenty of sun or shade depending on the plants you’re adding to your flower bed spot.
7 Flower Bed Ideas
Now comes the fun part. If you’re creative and you also have a green thumb, you can come up with all kinds of gardenscapes. Just remember to keep functionality and aesthetics in mind.
You should also consider how much time you have to dedicate to working on your flower beds. Your beds will need fertilizing, weeding, and watering. Here are seven flower bed ideas to get you started:
- Create a border flower bed that curves around the front of your house.
- Add daylilies and black-eyed Susans around your mailbox.
- Create a traditional flower bed edge that’s square, circular, or rectangular.
- Organize your flower beds by putting them in raised beds. Raised flower beds can be tidy, or they can be whimsy. Yet, raised beds are easier to maintain—you’ll do less bending when digging in the dirt or pulling weeds.
- Consider building a pollinator flower bed. Butterfly gardens and pollinator gardens look more “messy,” like a meadow, but they’ll bring butterflies, moths, and bees to your landscape. Include host and feeding plants, such as milkweed, bee balm, coneflowers, yarrow, and herbs, such as dill and anise.
- Add layers to your flower beds by planting smaller annuals in the front of your garden then gradually fill the back of the garden with tall plants.
- Visit Pinterest for more flower bed ideas.
Get Creative with Flower Bed Edging
Flower bed edging defines where the lawn or sidewalk ends and where the flower bed begin. There are many different ways you can add edging to your flower beds, including
- Wooden borders
- River rock
- A dry stream bed
- A retaining wall with rocks that transforms that space into a terrace when plants are added
- Lawn as a pathway between various flower beds
- Stone pathways that add curves and geometric shapes
- Small size annuals, such as impatiens, begonias, and marigolds
- Low shrubs as a live border
- Pinterest has plenty of flower bed edging ideas beyond this list.
Brinly’s Lawn Care and Garden Attachments Help You Create Stunning Flower Beds
At Brinly-Hardy, our lawn care and garden attachments help you create beautiful landscapes. For example, our tow-behind cart can carry edging materials, garden tools, soil, fertilizer, and mulch to your flower bed site.
GardenDesign.com, “Starting a Flower Garden.”
GreenandVibrant.com, “25 Beautiful Flower Bed Ideas.”
HomeBNC.com, “27 Gorgeous and Creative Flower Bed Ideas to Try.”