Step By Step Guide For Planning the Perfect Flower Bed
As a homeowner, you take pride in how your home looks and you naturally want it to look its best both inside and outside. Here at Country Landscape Supply of Illinois, we know how overwhelming it can be to start planning your first flower beds for your landscape. We are here to help with the tools and know-how that you need to be successful. To get you started, here is a handy step-by–step guide for designing the perfect flower bed that we recommend to all of our customers here at Country Landscape and Supply.
The best flower gardens are ones that are designed to incorporate several types of blooms, leaves, sizes, shapes, and textures. No single type of plant will make a garden so you will need to carefully plan what plants you use and ensure you have a variety that is interesting and complementary. Before you begin your flower garden design, it is important to know what each plant offers in terms of flowers, foliage, growth habits, needs, and limitations.
Choose Your Flower Garden Style
There is an endless selection of styles you can choose from for your flower beds. Sometimes this is based on the architectural style of your home or of your own personal preference. It is essential that you know what style you will be designing before you start. Different flower garden design styles lend themselves to different types of plants. You can do a single well-defined style or a more laid back mix-and-match style- if it looks good you should feel confident moving forward.
Determine the Garden’s Shape and Size
Flowers can be placed in the beds and arranged in just about any shape and size, from rectangles to curves to isolated islands. To get an idea of the way your beds will look in connection to your overall landscape and how easy they will be to maintain, mark out where you want the beds to be and then make sure you can easily access all areas of the bed when maintenance time comes. Remember it is always better to start small and add to your beds than to start off too big too soon.
Consider Mature Plant Height
One aspect of your flower beds that you will need to consider is how tall the plants will get when they are mature and where they need to be placed in your design. For example, flower beds near the home will need to have the taller plants in the back against the house, but they cannot be so tall they block the view out of any windows. If your flower garden design is an island, the tallest plants should go in the center. Also be mindful of how taller plants create shadows on smaller plants.
Select Complementary Flowers and Foliage
There is a lot that goes into picking colors that go well together in your flower bed. Fortunately, a lot of the work has already been done with the tool known as a color wheel. Colors next to each other on the color wheel — purple and red — look good together, as do colors across from each other — purple and yellow. Also, make sure you are considering the color of foliage too as not all plant leaves are green. Between flowers and foliage, you can create a beautifully complementary design.
Rely on Odd Numbers
A rule most landscape experts learn early on is that it is best to work in odd numbers when grouping plants. Sets of three are the most common but any odd number will usually work. It’s a visual design trick which helps things flow and appear more uniform and aesthetically pleasing. Once you’ve decided on your flower garden’s design, shape, and size, you can begin designing the placement of the pants and how many of each kind you will need for a certain area.
Supply a Focal Point
Every garden bed, whether it is big or small, needs to have some sort of a strong focal point. Focal points act as a place for your eye to rest and also often marks the most aesthetically pleasing or powerful area of your flower bed. You may have a taller plant that stands proudly above the others. It could be a grouping of plants that have blooms in a color not sued anywhere else in the flower bed. Or it may be something like a trellis, bird bath, or a statue of some kind that is bold and bright.
Review Bloom Times
A flower bed that is properly designed and laid out is on that has something stunning and beautiful to offer every season of the year. Flower, blooms, fruits, and seed pods can all lend themselves different looks and add to the beauty of your beds. Evaluate both factors before selecting plants and be sure you have color and something beautiful to look at each season if possible. You are in your yard more than just spring or summer so be sure to design a beautiful yard all year round.
Incorporate Hardscape Elements
It takes more than just plants to make simple flower beds into stunning landscape showcases and one element often overlooked is the hardscape. Hardscape elements include things such as pergolas, trellises, paver stones, water features, statutes, and arbors, and similar non-plant features of the landscape design. These element help improve the look of the flowers and plants and also gives a secondary element for you to look at and enjoy when you are admiring your work.
Mulch and Water and Prune
One everything has been researched, planned, designed, bought and installed, it is time to begin the care routine. Your newly planted flower beds need to be mulched and watered often until they become established. Make sure plants of similar watering needs have been placed together to make watering easier and less time-consuming. Also, be sure to stay on top of pruning and trimming to keep the plants looking their best and to keep your flower bed looking stunning all year round.
Contact Us Today to Learn More
For more tips for designing the perfect landscape, from flower beds to lawn care and maintenance, call the experts at Country Landscape and Supply today. We can help you be the envy of your neighbors and the talk of the town. Call now to get started!