Walkway flower bed ideas

February 22, 2023
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flowers edging a walkwayThis winding walkway is lined with long-blooming annuals that will turn heads all season long. For visual impact, flowers are grouped informally in clumps and ribbons. This also keeps the garden from looking scattershot and chaotic.

Maintenance is simple: Add a slow-release fertilizer when planting, irrigate if rain is lacking, and remove spent flowers for neatness. That’s really all that’s needed for a welcoming garden that will last until frost

Good to Know: After the bed has been planted, mulch with a 1-inch layer of bagged compost to cut down on weeds and to keep the soil from baking and cracking. Tender annuals will have an easier time filling in around the soft compost rather than hard wood chips. The compost will feed plants, too.


  1. Marigold (Tagetes spp.), annual
  2. Celosia (Celosia argentea), annual
  3. Mealycup sage (Salvia farinacea), Zones 8-11 or annual
  4. Petunia, annual
  5. Moss verbena (Verbena tenuisecta), Zones 8-11 or annual
  6. Angelonia, Zones 9-10 or annual
  7. Bedding zinnia (Zinnia haageana), annual
  8. Texas sage (Salvia coccinea), annual
  9. Wax begonia, annual
  10. Upright zinnia (Zinnia elegans), annual

Marigolds are a mainstay in many annual flowerbeds for good reason. They’re simple to grow and won’t complain if you miss a day of watering. In addition to yellow (shown) there are marigolds with cream white, orange, and bicolored flowers. Keep them deadheaded for repeat blooming through a hard frost.

Salvia is another workhorse in the garden. One of the most popular species is mealycup sage, which offers upright spikes of blue-purple flowers for months on end. The flower spikes stand out – literally – among shorter companions, and they have the most impact when planted in groups or swaths. Hardy in Zones 8-11, it’s grown as an annual elsewhere.

Short in stature but big on blooms, wax begonias belong in a flower border. Because of their diminutive size, they look particularly good edging a sidewalk. These begonias grow in light shade to full sun; bronze-leafed varieties are best suited to full sun. They are also self-cleaning, meaning you don’t have to deadhead spent blooms.

Celosia is all about the flowers, which have three distinct flower shapes: plumes (shown), crests, and spikes. Intense hues of pink, red, yellow, and orange add to their star power. Some celosias offer colorful foliage such as burgundy (shown) and chartreuse.

Zinnias are nothing if not adaptable. Taller varieties make a great backdrop for shorter companions. Smaller bedding zinnias (shown) look right at home in a confined space. Individual flowers last for weeks and can be deadheaded to spur repeat blooming. Flower colors include yellow, white, pink, orange, chartreuse, and bicolors.

Don’t let the wispy foliage fool you - angelonia has a tough constitution when it comes to hot, sunny conditions. It’s also known as summer snapdragon, due to the snapdragon-like flowers that appear on 1- to 2-foot spikes. The tubular blooms come in hues of purple, white, or pink - some of which are scented - and are a favorite with hummingbirds.

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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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