Making your own flower bed can make maintaining your flowers easy and contribute to an orderly look to the garden. If you are limited to a paved patio, a flower bed may be your ticket to growing your blossom garden. Snellville Landscaping Pros will give you tips on how to skip the open ground and turn it into a flower bed for planting your favorite annuals and perennials. Thanks to flower beds, your garden can be virtually anywhere in your yard while maintaining ideal soil and growing conditions.
A flower bed is where you place your colorful blossoms that can fill your yard with beauty. Flowers are essential for butterflies and other pollinators. Hence, creating more space for blooming plants will benefit these creatures.
Like a blank canvas, a new flower bed helps you to get creative and fill it with whatever you can imagine. The options are unlimited, but the actual building project may seem daunting. However, with a little planning, preparation, and effort, you’ll soon be enjoying a more beautiful, flower-filled garden.
How to Prepare a Flower Bed
Before anything else, there are a few things to consider first. Here are the questions you need to answer:
Where will it go?
Anywhere from the backyard’s corner to your front entryway can make a great spot for a flower bed. You can place one underneath a tree, along a deck or porch, or around a garden feature like a pond. If you plant along a curb or near a driveway, consider traffic safety when it comes to planting height, and if you live where it will get icy in the winter, note that salt spray can kill plants.
How much sunlight will the bed get?
Most bedding plants like annual flowers require full sun, which means at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. You can choose either a spot in part-sun or even a mostly shady area, but you’ll be a bit more limited in what flowers will grow there.
What’s the soil like?
Most flowering annuals and perennials appreciate loamy soil with many composts added to it. Make sure to remove rocks or other debris from the site, break up large clods of dirt, and add compost to enrich the bed and enhance healthy plant growth. A soil test is also ideal to know if you should add more nutrients to your plants to look their best
Flower Bed Ideas and Designs
Once you’ve chosen a site, it’s time to design your flower bed. You can wrap a small flower bed around your mailbox, line your front walkway, add color underneath a tree, or surround the bases of the front porch risers.
Removing Grass and Building the Flower Bed
Dig up existing grass.
Digging out the grass can be difficult. Use a shovel to remove a section of grass on your planned bed then continue to remove turf by wedging the shovel under the grass edges. Then lift and peel the sod away. Once you have removed the grass, you can ready the soil for planting.
Build a raised flower bed.
There are raised flower bed kits, small squares, or rectangles, that supply all your essentials. This is the simplest solution as you only need to snap together without the need for hammering or sawing.
For the raised flower bed on top of existing grass, you need to cover the turf with some sheets of newspaper topped with a high-quality planting mix and a layer of compost. When building on top of another surface, you need a protective bottom layer of heavy plastic sheeting, landscape fabric, or plywood to keep the soil from spreading out and discoloring the concrete.
Flower Bed Plants
Choose varieties that fit your climate and suited to sunlight exposure. Here are some of the best flowers to choose from:
- Low growing annuals such as impatiens, lobelia, and sweet asylum
- Varied height beauties like marigolds, snapdragons, or zinnias.
- Tall flowers including cosmos, hollyhocks, and sunflowers.
- Cascading flowers like calibrachoa, moss rose, ivy geranium, or bacopa.