Simple flower Garden Designs

January 12, 2020
Easy Flower Garden Designs

Garden designWell designed country garden in early summer. Photo: © Y.Cunnington

Did you dig in without considering garden design when you were starting out? That’s what I did. I just kept making my beds a little wider each year to put in more perennials. It was a matter of learning by doing.

Like most gardens (yours too, I’ll bet) my first one grew, bit by bit, without an overall plan. But now I believe any landscaping project is going to be more successful if you think it through first.

By the time I got to my second garden on an acreage, shown above, I did draw up a plan. The project was so big and had so many parts that we had to take quite a bit of time to consider what to do with each area before we started planting.

Do I have to get a design on paper?

Designing on paper Photo: © Y.Cunnington

Garden designNo, you don’t have to draw out a plan, showing where every single perennial plant goes.

I was trained in garden design, and most of the time I don’t have the patience for that!

The pros do it to figure out the exact number of plants to order, but home gardeners usually don’t work that way.

When I make a drawing for myself, it’s generally a simple one to show the layout of a bed, and a basic planting plan that shows the most important plants only.

A logical planting scheme to follow

This city garden incorporates trees, shrubs,
evergreens and perennials into a pleasing design

Many people see gardening primarily as getting color into their yards for the summer season.

But if you focus on colorful flowers first and foremost, it’s a bit like arranging the lamps, accessories and pictures before your house has got its roof on.

Your best design guideline

This star magnolia was planted first,
followed by pretties: perennials and bulbs

I once took a landscape design course taught by the British garden guru John Brookes, author of John Brookes Garden Design.

He advises planning and planting in the following order: First, the “specials”, usually large deciduous trees that serve as focal points; next the “skeletons, ” evergreens or hedges for year-round structure.

Then come the “decoratives”, flowering shrubs or tall grasses. And, finally, you get to the “pretties” – spring and summer-blooming perennials and fillers such as bulbs, annuals or biennials. According to Brookes, many gardens lack structure and coherence because they were started with the “pretties.”

Getting started: Helpful tips

Planning your flower garden is a way to avoid the classic dilemma: wandering around with the plants you’ve just bought, wondering where the heck to plant them. Remember, give yourself time – nobody creates a prize-winning flower garden the first year.

Basics – Garden style, island bed or border, sun or shade?

Flower garden planning tips – Bed width, spacing of perennials, garden accents and focal points

Color in the garden – How to create great color schemes


Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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