How to Build a Flower Bed

by Marcy on April 29, 2014 · 0 comments

How to Build a Flower Bed

How to Build a Flower Bed

This is a guest post written by Kristi.

Flowers are nature’s way of making people smile as they open up their blooms and produce a soft scent. It’s hard to be sad when surrounded by beautiful flowers! Having a flower bed around your house or as a part of your garden is great motivation to stop and enjoy the flowers for a bit each day – but they also add to your property value as well.

Flower beds can be placed along your driveway, porch, or even in the center of your garden. Your imagination is the limit as to where you can plant flowers. Here are some tips on how to build a flower bed that you will love.

You first have to decide where you want to build the flower bed. If you plant up against the house, make sure that the soil slopes away from the house so that when you water the water doesn’t seep into the foundation. Plant seeds or transplants at least 12 inches away from your home.

No matter where you plant your flower bed, the edge should have a retainer of some sort, whether it is the sidewalk, decorative edging, or bricks. You can either till the soil and plant directly into the ground, or add garden soil to enrich it and then use a hoe or a tiller to mix it all in. Don’t forget to always amend the soil in this beginning stage with earthworm castings, plus blood and bone meal to give your plants that much need first fertilization.

Deciding what to plant is always the most difficult choice. Do you want a rainbow of colors or do you prefer to have a cool shade flower bed with blues and purples? Perhaps a fiery bed of yellows, oranges, and reds are more your style? Sticking to a color scheme makes the bed visually appealing. If you decide on a cool shade garden, you can’t go wrong with petunias, lavenders, purple larkspur, and blue delphinium. A vibrant garden might have cosmos, celosia, orange kangaroo paw, or Asiatic lilies. So many choices, so little time!

Having a flower bed that has a mix of annuals and perennials is key. Choose two to three perennials that you love that will continue to grow year after year. Then a few times a year you will add in annuals based on the season. For instance, in a cool shade flower bed, you might have lavender or delphinium as the perennials and violets, asters, or petunias as the annuals. In a fiery garden the perennials might be red roses, Gerbera daisies or penstemons and the annuals would be celosia, sunflowers, or marigolds. Don’t be afraid to also plant bulbs that will pop up at different times of the year like crocus, daffodils, or even tulips.

If you can, install an irrigation system to take the guess work out of watering your flower bed. If you are watering using a hose, water long and slow. Turn the hose on really slowly and let the water trickle out over an hour until the bed is soaked. You might have to move the hose every 20 minutes to get the water to dissipate throughout. Don’t just sprinkle from above for a minute or two and think that’s enough. If you are using the sprinkler method, water for two minutes and let that sink in and then water again until you can stick a pole into the ground and see that the water has gone down at least four inches.

Enjoy your new flower bed and remember to deadhead the flowers once they’ve bloomed to entice new blooms to grow!

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