Quick Tips for Designing Your Flower Garden

How to design your own flower garden

Designing a beautiful flower garden may seem overwhelming but it is easier than you think! There are so many factors to consider. But there are a few rules of thumb (or should we say, green thumb!) to follow for every garden. Follow the quick tips below to get your flower garden blooming in no time.

First, pick your garden design style. Are you going for an English or cottage-style design? A Japanese garden style? Perhaps a zen garden design or an eco-friendly garden? Click here to find your garden style.

Next, it is time to select your plants, and there are a number of critical elements to consider before you rush out to the nearest home and garden center.

First, you'll need to think about plant height. Most gardens have a combination of taller and shorter plants, so you should select flowers and plants of varying heights. But think about placement too. Where you place them in your garden depends on where your garden is located on your property. For example, if your garden is an island in the middle of your backyard, you'll want to install the tallest plants in the middle. If your garden is located along the front of your home, you'll want the tallest plants to go in the back. You'll also want your tallest plants in the back of any garden that is on a slope. The key here is that before finalizing plant and flower selections, map out where you'll place each selection in your garden to make sure it makes sense given the location of your garden.

Next, you'll need to think about each flower's shade requirements. Will your garden receive full sun all day long? Full shade? Or, partial sun or partial shade? Will some flowers receive shade from taller flowers? Different flowers have different sun and shade requirements and that information can be found on the flower tag or by conducting a quick search on the Internet. For example, if you like begonias, enter the search terms "begonias shade or sun" into your search. Choosing the plants with the sun and shade requirements to match the location of your garden is key to helping your garden thrive. For more information on what is considered full sun, full shade or partial shade/sun, click here.

Blooming times are also important considerations if you want a colorful garden during more than one season. Choose a combination of flowers with different blooming times, so that you have plants and flowers that bloom in the spring, different ones that bloom in the summer, and more that bloom in the fall.

What about colors? This is where we can go back to basics - the color wheel! Flowers and plants of the same color hue always have a powerful impact. But if you want to mix things up, you can also pick flowers in colors that are immediately next to each other on the color wheel OR directly across from one another on the color wheel. Another consideration? The color of your home, or your deck, or any structure adjacent to the location of your garden. For example, if your garden lies along the front of your house, and your house is a neutral or pale color, bright reds, pinks and blues will provide a nice contrast. If your house is a painted in a bright color, perhaps you'll want to go with more toned down hues for a nice color contrast.

What about the edges of your garden? Another nice complement to your garden is to add a border. Pavers, stones or rocks, railroad ties, landscaping timbers, wood blocks or bricks can all be used to create a border for your garden, and will also keep your grass from encroaching your garden. There are several wallet-friendly options for borders too. For border ideas, click here.

Last but not least, don't forget to prep your garden before planting by weeding and cleaning out dead grass and plants, and to mulch your garden and water it regularly.

Follow these tips and you'll have a beautiful garden in no time. Happy gardening!

The Yardist Lawn & Garden Service, LLC is a family-owned landscaping company in Lakewood, Ohio. To learn more, click here.

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