Annual flower planting ideas

Annual flower garden design doesn’t have to be hard. I really want to make this super easy for you, so you can relax and just have fun with it, rather than be intimidated and stressed out trying to figure out a fancy garden design someone else created. Here are easy, step-by-step instructions for designing your annual garden.

Some of you may be feeling intimidated by the thought of having an entire garden area dedicated to annual flowers because designing it seems way to complex.

Don’t be!

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a professional garden designer (I’m not good at math), so if you’re looking for a fancy annual flower garden design that shows you exactly how many plants to buy, and exactly where to put them in your garden… then you’re in the wrong place.

Honestly, I was totally intimidated by formal garden designs like that when I first started gardening (and I still kinda am!).

I prefer to take more of an ad hoc approach when I design a garden, especially when it comes to my annual garden.

Simple annuals garden design

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Easy Annual Flower Garden Design Steps

First, you need to determine how much sun the garden area gets. If you’re unsure, here’s how to determine sun exposure in your garden.

This way, you’ll make sure to buy plants that will thrive in your garden. Whether it be full sun, part shade, or full shade, you can find beautiful annual flowers to fill any garden space.

To help inspire you, here are the plants I had in my full sun annual garden last year…

Annual garden flowers identified

  1. Marigold (petite mix)
  2. Sweet potato vine
  3. Petunia (mixed colors)
  4. Zinnia (mixed colors)
  5. Geranium (red flowers with variegated leaves)
  6. Desert Rose (a nice annual ground cover)

You can create additional height in your garden using climbing plants, like the sweet potato vine I have growing on an obelisk in my annual garden. I absolutely love using obelisks in my garden, and I have several.

They come in tons of different shapes and sizes (these are a few of my favorites… spiral obelisk, circular obelisk, diamond obelisk ), and really add a lot of character to the garden.

You could also use an inexpensive fan trellis or even something you already have on hand like a tomato cage to add height too.

I prefer to use shorter supports in my annual garden because it’s in front of another garden. But if your annual garden is up against the fence or house, you could use a taller obelisk or trellis and grow a larger annual vine like morning glories. Gorgeous!

Full grown annual garden

Now for the fun part, it’s time to go shopping!!!

How To Select Your Annual Flowers

Now that you have an idea of what types of plants to buy, it’s time to head to the garden center. Look for annuals that are different heights, colors and textures.

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Buy plants in groups of 3, the garden will look fuller if you put the plants in groupings. You can buy as many different types of plants that you want, depending on your tastes.

Some people think that using too many different types of plants and flower colors make a garden look too busy or messy.

So, if you prefer, you can choose 3 -5 different types of plants, and create more of a formal annual flower garden design.

Select your annual flowers

If you’re completely clueless about how many plants you need to fill your annual garden, look at the tags on the plants to see how large they get and how much spacing they need, and calculate accordingly (if you’re good with math like that).

Otherwise, measure the area of your garden space and ask someone at the garden center to help you figure out how many plants you need.

Annual plants can be crowded together tighter than perennials, since they will only last one growing season.

So you don’t have to worry about spacing too much, but do pay attention to how large the plants will get and space them accordingly so one plant doesn’t take over and crowd out smaller plants by mid-summer.

Don’t worry, after you do this once or twice, you’ll have a much better idea of how many plants to buy.

How To Design A Garden

After you get home, lay all of your plants out on the ground so you can easily see everything you have. Yes, it can get messy, but I find it easier to design a garden area when I can see all the plants I have to work with.

Next, grab the plants that will grow the tallest, and put them in the middle of the garden (or in the back of the garden if it’s up against a fence or something).

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You’re not planting anything yet, just looking for the placement you like, so keep everything in the pots for now. (If your plants came in flats rather than pots, you can easily cut the cells apart with scissors)

First make a mess

Once you figure out a placement you like for the taller plants (don’t fuss over it too much, you can always move it once you have all the other plants placed), grab the next tallest plants.

You can use these plants to fill in between the taller plants, place them in front of the taller plants, or around them if you prefer.

Annual flower garden design

Continue layering shorter and shorter plants (adding the ground cover plants last) until you’ve placed all of your plants.

Now, take a step back and see if you like it.

If not, re-arrange things until you come up with an annual flower garden design you love.

Laying out the flowers

If you’re still unsure, leave the plants as they are for a few days and sleep on it.

Since everything is still in pots, you can keep moving stuff around until you find the perfect layout for your annual flower garden, and there’s no rush to get it all done in one day.

Sometimes I find it helpful to take a few pictures too, which can help you figure out what’s missing or misplaced.

Add height to your annual garden

Plant Your Annual Garden

Now that you found a design that you love, all you have to do is pop the plants in the dirt!

Leave everything right where it is, and work to plant them one at a time so you don’t lose your design (this is where the photos help too, just in case you move too many things while you’re planting stuff).

I find that planting everything is the part the goes the fastest after I figure out my design.

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Now it’s your turn. What steps do you take when you create your annual flower garden design? Share your thoughts and tips in the comments section below.

Annual Flowers

Many gardeners grow annuals for seasonal color alongside existing perennials, shrubs and trees. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Some produce amazing flowers, while others are all about striking foliage.

Popular annual flowers and plants:

  • Petunia
  • Verbena
  • Calibrachoa
  • Geranium
  • Marigold
  • Vinca
  • Zinnia
  • Ageratum (floss flower)
  • Angelonia (summer snapdragon)
  • Impatiens
  • Begonias
  • Sweet potato vine
  • Coleus

To decide which plants to try in your own garden, take a closer look at these popular annuals in our photo gallery.

PLANTING ANNUALS

Consider the following pros and cons before planting annuals in your garden:

Pros:

  • Annuals are easy to grow and offer brightly colored flowers for instant impact
  • They are versatile and can be grown in garden beds, hanging baskets or containers
  • If properly planted and cared for, many annuals will bloom nonstop from planting to frost
  • Color choices include purple, bi-color, pink, blue, red, yellow, coral, orange, white and even black!
  • You can find annuals for every situation: deer, sun, shade, low maintenance…you name it

Cons:

  • Unlike perennial plants which return year after year, they complete their life cycles in a single season and must be replanted yearly
  • Many annuals require deadheading, or the removal of spent buds, to keep them blooming
  • Annuals often benefit from frequent applications of fertilizer to keep them looking their best
  • Daily watering is usually necessary, especially in summer heat

When it comes to growing these garden favorites, you have two choices: purchase the plants in flower or start them yourself from seed. If you are looking for instant gratification, buying starter plants will be best. However, if you want to save some money and aren’t in a rush, seeds can be cheaper.

Here are some tips for planting annuals in the landscape:

  • When planting young annuals make sure you are giving them enough space to reach their full size
  • Add slow-release fertilizer to the planting hole to get your plants off to a good start
  • Make sure you plant them in a spot where they’ll receive the right amount of light
  • Check the weather, it is safest to plant when all danger of frost has passed
  • If the roots are twisted and dense when removed from the growing pot, loosen them slightly by hand or run a knife down the sides
  • Don’t leave annuals in six-packs or flats for long, getting them in the ground or container quickly is best
  • Water your new plants well immediately after planting
  • Spread a layer of mulch after planting to complete the look, reduce water loss and prevent weeds

Annuals can be divided into three groups: hardy, half-hardy and tender, based on their cold tolerance. This classification will determine how close to the last frost date in spring that they can be planted, which will vary by location.

  • Hardy annuals do well in cooler weather. They are able to withstand some freezing temperatures and can be planted the earliest. These types will also do well when planted in fall when temperatures begin to drop.
  • Half-hardy annuals will tolerate a touch of frost and most common annuals fall into this category. If a surprise spring frost arrives, be prepared to cover them at night.
  • Tender annuals can’t take any frost and most have originated in tropical or sub-tropical climates. Their growth may be stunted in cooler weather (above freezing) and they shouldn’t be planted until late spring.

Besides true annuals, there are tender perennials that are often grown as annuals in climates where they are not hardy. Check with your favorite local nursery for recommendations to grow in your area and when to plant them.

DESIGNING WITH ANNUALS

As garden centers start to fill up in spring with enticing displays of annuals, it’s easy to grab everything you can and think about where to plant it all later. If you want a cohesive design (face it, we all know that looks better), here are a few essential tips for designing with annuals:

  • Before you get in your car to go plant shopping, evaluate the areas in your garden where you want annuals. Measure the size of the spaces, know the sun and shade patterns throughout the day, think about how the areas will be viewed and take stock of what plants are nearby.
  • In a bed of strictly annuals — unless you’re buying a mix of plants that is intended to go together, as with some pansies — stick to larger quantities of a few types of plants, rather than the overbusy look of a few of everything.
  • Not all plants need to have flowers to be great additions to the garden. Foliage plants such as coleus, Persian shield, ‘Magilla’ perilla, Joseph’s coat and copper leaf add color and texture whether used as filler or focal point.
  • Color combinations can complement, contrast or match. Too much contrast can be jarring, and too much of the same color can be monotonous. Use several colors in a limited palette that work well together for a cohesive and pleasing look. Arrange samples on the ground at the garden center to see if they will work — chances are, if they look good together in a flat, they’ll look good in the garden!
  • Repeat colors and forms to lead the eye through the garden.
  • Use a variety of textures to give the garden energy. Too many plants with either a fine or a bold texture can be boring to look at.
  • If you’re tucking annuals into a perennial bed, keep in mind the ultimate sizes of the annuals and the perennials so that none of the plants are later overwhelmed by their neighbors.

Learn About Annuals

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Annuals are plants that complete their entire growing cycle (germinate, bloom, set seed and die) in one year, according to University of Minnesota Extension. In other words, they must be replaced each year.

Annuals are great to plant in a cut flower garden. They can also be planted in perennial garden beds to fill in after early blooming perennials have faded.

Pushing your shopping cart through your local home improvement store or supercenter, you’re probably overwhelmed with the vast number of choices of flower seeds and bulbs to choose from. Or, if you’ve leafed through seed catalogs lately, you’ll find even more choices of seeds, seedlings and bulbs.

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Here are some tips for planning an annual flower garden, from choosing flowers to arranging them.

How to plan an annual flower garden: Location

Hardiness zones, soil types and amounts of sun and shade are factors to consider while planning the location of your annual flower garden.

Hardiness zone

You need to choose seeds, seedlings or bulbs that are known to grow well in your hardiness zone. If you’re an Ohioan, you live in hardiness zone 5b, 6a or 6b. If you’re not familiar with USDA hardiness zones, read up here.

Some plants behave differently depending on the growing zone, so it’s important to grow annuals that will be able to tolerate your climate.

Annuals are classified as hardy, half-hardy or tender, based on the temperatures they can tolerate. According to Minnesota State University Extension and University of Missouri Extension,

  • Hardy annuals can be directly sown, may bloom late in the season and may thrive in cooler temperatures but wilt in hot weather.
    • Examples: pansies, snapdragons
  • Half-hardy annuals are sown indoors, will bloom in late spring or early summer, may bloom again in the fall and can tolerate some cooler temperatures.
    • Examples: petunias, calendulas
  • Tender annuals require a longer growing season and bloom late in the season. They can’t tolerate cool temperatures.
    • Examples: marigolds, zinnias

Soil type

It is recommended that you test your soil before planting so that you can properly amend it to balance nutrients for plant growth. Learn more about how to test your garden’s soil.

Soil drainage, moisture retention and soil aeration are other factors that should be considered before planting. To test soil drainage, University of North Carolina Cooperative Extension recommends digging a 10-inch deep hole and filling it with water. Allow it to drain, then fill it with water again. If the water is drained after 8-10 hours, then the site has acceptable drainage for most flowers. If soil doesn’t drain, excess moisture and poorly aerated soil may result.

Amount of sun and shade

Some annual flowers require full sun while others need shade or partial shade. Check the information on seed packets to determine where to plant.

Some annuals that require full sun are marigolds, zinnias, petunias and pansies.

Some annuals that require partial shade are begonias and impatiens.

How to plan an annual flower garden: Aesthetics

The look of your annual flower garden is likely important to you. Have a strategy in mind for your annual flowers before you buy. Consider the colors and sizes of annuals to plant.

Colors

Warm colors draw attention to spaces while cool colors are relaxing and calming. Montana State University Extension offers the following advice when planning the colors of flowers to plant:

  • Consider contrasting warm colors with cool colors:
    • Plant warm colors (red, orange and yellow) in smaller amounts to subdue them.
    • Plant cool colors (green, blue and violet) in larger amounts to balance the warm colors.
  • If you don’t want to contrast colors, avoid placing warm colors next to cool colors. Instead, plant analogous colors so the transition isn’t as striking.

Sizes

In an annual garden bed, plant the tallest flowers at the back, especially if the back of the bed is against a fence or shrub barrier. In front of the tallest flowers, plant flowers that are slightly shorter. The shortest flowers should be planted in front.

If your garden bed is an island in your yard, you can plant the tallest flowers in the center, then plant shorter flowers around.

Which annuals should I plant this spring?

Once the threat of frost is over, direct seed annuals or transplant seedlings started indoors. Here are some suggestions of annuals to plant, which will give a range of colors, shapes and sizes.

  • Asters
  • Begonias
  • Calendula
  • Cosmos
  • Geraniums
  • Impatiens
  • Marigolds
  • Nasturtiums
  • Pansies
  • Petunias
  • Snapdragons
  • Sunflowers
  • Zinnias

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What is the proper way to plant annual flower and vegetable plants?

Carefully remove plants from plastic cell packs by gently squeezing the bottom on each compartment. Plants in plastic pots can be removed by tipping them on their sides and tapping the bottom of the pots.

If possible, plant annual flowers and vegetables in the garden in the evening or on a cloudy day. Planting at these times lessens transplant stress and allows the plants to recover somewhat before being exposed to the strong, mid-day sun. Place plants in the ground at the same depth or slightly deeper (no more than ½ inch deeper) than they were in their containers. (Tall, leggy tomato plants can be planted much deeper than previously grown as roots will develop all along the buried stems.) Many annuals, such as petunia, snapdragon, zinnia, salvia, and periwinkle, should be pinched back to encourage branching. Others, such as impatiens, are self-branching and don’t require pinching. It’s also advisable to remove flowers on blooming annuals. Blossom removal aids plant establishment. Vegetable transplants should not be pinched.

After planting, water each plant with a dilute fertilizer solution. A dilute fertilizer solution can be prepared by adding a small amount of a water soluble fertilizer to one gallon of water.

Annual flowers can bring your Utah landscape to life with eye-popping color. Planted in containers for the porch or patio, or arranged in garden beds, annuals draw attention with their vibrant, beautiful blooms.

Are you thinking you might try growing annuals this year? Follow a few common sense tips for choosing and planting annual flowers, and you’ll have a fantastic show of color from now until the waning days of summer.

Plant Annual Flowers After the Last Spring Freeze

Annuals need warm soil to flourish, so you’ll want to wait to plant them until the danger of frost has passed.

The average date for the last spring freeze varies throughout our state. In Salt Lake City, annuals can typically be planted after April 26, but in Tooele and other parts of northern Utah, planting may need to wait until closer to the middle of May.

For expert advice on annual planting dates for your area, check with your local garden center or county extension agent.

Prepare Your Garden Soil Before Planting Annuals

Proper soil bed preparation is the key to gardening success with annuals.

Before planting, use a spade to loosen and turn the garden soil. Extra organic matter is definitely a benefit to native Utah soils, so work in some compost, grass clippings, peat or decaying leaves. Finally, don’t forget to add a high-nitrogen or slow-release complete fertilizer. Ask the staff at your local garden center for recommendations.

Select the Right Annuals for Your Landscape

For hardy, gorgeous annuals that last all season long, you’ll need to choose plants that are well-suited to your landscape growing conditions.

Some annuals – like snapdragons, dahlias and petunias – need full sun to grow well. Other varieties, including begonias and impatiens, are tolerant of shade. As you select annuals, make sure they’re right for the garden spots where you intend to plant them. If you’re not sure, you can always check with the staff at your local garden center.

Choose Healthy, Well-Established Annual Flowers

When shopping for annuals, look for perky, compact plants with an abundance of healthy dark green foliage and plenty of flower buds. Make sure the plants you purchase are well-rooted, but not pot-bound or overgrown.

For the best selection of stunning and vigorous annual flowers, visit us here at Millcreek Gardens. Our plant nursery is stocked with a vast array of well-established annual and perennial flowers that are sure to thrive in your northern Utah landscape.

If you need help or advice about color combinations or garden design, just ask. The knowledgeable and friendly Millcreek Gardens staff is happy to share our expertise. To choose your flowering plants, or for more tips on growing annual flowers, visit our convenient garden center location today in Salt Lake City.

How to Plant an Annuals Garden

One of the greatest things about growing an annuals garden is that you can mix things up each year with different flowers of various colors in unique layouts.

If you’re at a loss as to how to go about this, you’ve come to the right place. This article will walk you through each step of planting an annuals garden, from making wise plant selections to fending off pests and weeds to preparing your garden for next here. Here’s more of what you’ll find:

  • Growing an Annuals Garden
    Here, you’ll find helpful advice on how to go about planning for your annuals garden, including references to helpful charts that appear later in this article for making annual flower selections based on color, soil type, and lighting conditions. Of course, no matter what you decide to plant, you need to create a well-thought-out plan to ensure you select plants that will thrive in your climate and your soil. In this section, we’ll walk you through the methods to create that plan so you can begin to grow an annuals garden and begin to beautify your back or front yard.
  • Designing with Annuals
    Thinking about how you want your annual flowers to appear in your garden is one of the most creative and fun tasks of gardening. While one year you may want to create a massed planting of all red flowers, the next year you may want a free-flowing mix of annual flowers of all different colors, sizes, and forms. Learn how to use the design basics of color, texture, scale, and form to create a visually appealing annuals garden. You’ll also find tips on mingling annuals with other plants, such as perennials and vegetables, to create the complete design you desire.
  • Selecting Annuals
    Before you are in the greenhouse trying to decide which annual flowers to bring home, make sure you know what pitfalls to avoid when selecting annuals. We’ll give you a short reminder of the basics, such as don’t choose a plant that has pests climbing in it. We’ll also give you more advanced tips, such as choosing shorter-looking plants instead of tall ones. We’ll arm you with methods for selecting healthy plants in your garden, including what to look for when purchasing boxed annual flowers at a garden center. This section also offers suggestions on growing your own bedding plants.
  • Planting and Caring for Annuals
    We all know that plants need sunlight, soil, and water, but the amounts of each one of these are variables that can cause an annuals garden to flourish or fail. Learn the basics on how to provide the best care possible for your annuals garden, including how to plant, water, and fertilize properly, as well as how to keep things tidy by pinching back and deadheading old flowers. We’ll show you how to make a planting grid, use a spacing rope, ensure you’re deep watering and even define what those mean in order to plant and care for your annuals.
  • Preventing Diseases and Pests
    You know the old saying, if you can see one pest, you have to wonder how many of its relatives are lurking in your prized annual flowers. Here, you’ll find helpful tips on how to ensure that pesky pests and diseases don’t take over your annuals garden. We’ll teach you the difference between a single problem and an infestation — and what to do about either situation. Once we help you to identify the disease or pest, we’ll also teach you how to control it. Helpful charts at the article’s end will help you identify the problem and offer solutions.
  • Increasing Annuals
    You have that one flower in your garden that you’re absolutely smitten with because of its ease of care and great beauty. We’ll show you how to take this plant’s seeds and start other plants just like it. This process is called increasing annuals. You can increase annuals by collecting seeds, using stem cuttings, or buying self-sowing annuals. We’ll give you some great tips to remember, such as how to find seedpots that vary in design, what annual plants you shouldn’t use, and the right time of year for taking stem cuttings. You’ll also learn more about self-sown annuals.
  • Preparing Annuals for Next Year
    Every year as the weather starts to change from great summer days to those blustery nights, you do a number of things to get your house and your family ready for winter. You need to also remember to prepare your annual flowers for the following gardening year so they can make it through the winter. Get tips on preparing your plants for the winter, such as determining which plants can handle the cold and which should be taken inside. Also featured in this section are helpful guidelines on other winter preparation chores, including a reference to a handy month-by-month checklist.
  • Other Uses for Annuals
    A great positive of having a garden is the number of flowers that your hard work has created. You can cut the flowers to enjoy inside. You can even plant cutting gardens, which can be a bit of a surprise, because with prepackaged cutting gardens, you don’t always know what you’re planting. Enjoy your annuals all year long, using flowers from the cutting garden for bouquets or drying and pressing flowers for various uses. We’ll show you how to select the right flowers for bouquets, as well as press and dry them. Learn plenty of helpful tips in this section.

The remaining sections of the article feature charts that will come in handy throughout the year, including lists of annuals based on color and ease of care, common pests and diseases that attack annuals, and a month-by-month task chart. Let’s get started.

Plants have provided us with so many things while taking away so little from us. The oxygen we breathe, the food we eat, and the scenery we enjoy are all gifts of nature we received from them. Flowers, especially, have a beauty almost unparalleled in the natural world, and we would like to see that beauty closer to us, no matter how selfish the thought may be. Thus it is nowadays common to see at least one flower garden being grown in your area.

Flowers are, perhaps, the prettiest structures in this world. Stunning as they are, their beauty serves a purpose. They evolved to be beautiful, encouraging other creatures to proliferate their seed everywhere. Whether they are in the woods or your neighbor’s flower garden, flowers certainly look the part of beautiful. A flower garden even enhances their allure, adding in the mix the appeal of a human-orchestrated design. The result is something that we’d attribute as the face of Mother Nature.

The Beauty of Flower Gardens

Everyone loves gardens; it’s not an exaggeration. Being able to enjoy a piece of nature beside the comfort of your own home is a very satisfying experience. Having such beautiful flowers to paint among the greens greatly enhances the activity, and the very practice of gardening can even cut the risk of heart attacks and stroke. The flowers bring with them the exquisite beauty of nature, and some carry incredibly nice scents, good enough to pass as perfume. There is also the language of flowers; they can express anything we can’t in words. A good floral garden is more than a garden; it is a manifestation of our love for nature and of the things we love.

15 Fascinating Flower Garden Design Ideas

Flower gardens come in various forms, from the flowers and the colors to the design choices and landscape that you use. These 15 design ideas are a headstart so that you can see how beautiful flower gardens look and get started from here!

Flower Garden Ring

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This flower garden looks every bit the centerpiece that it is! With a large, eye-catching plant in the middle, the bed of flowers looks ready to be adored by your visitors and friends. Plus, that perfect circle and layering are a great sight for perfectionistic eyes.

Knot Flower Garden

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You know you’re lying to yourself when you say you don’t want that fancy labyrinth garden filled with lush green hedges and immaculately beautiful flowers you see in the movies. The sad part in this is that knot gardens need a large enough plot of land and a dedicated gardener. But a miniature version at your lawn wouldn’t hurt, you know.

Spilling Petunia Flower Borders

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If you got too distracted by the beautiful flora, you might have missed that these beautiful pink flowers are put in a receptacle then grown or arranged in a way that it spills to the floor. It covers the entire planter, making it look like the petunias grow from the ground itself.

Large Oblong Flower Bed

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If you have a huge lawn to spare, you can wing it with an equally-huge flower bed. You can leverage the natural beauty of flowers and make a design using a variety of colors. It’s simply aesthetic, and you get a literal bed of flowers on your lawn.

Flower Garden on an Antique Truck

Nothing screams antiquated more than putting an old rusty truck right in the middle of your flower garden and making it the centerpiece. The neat retro appeal of this aesthetic will surely take anyone several generations old to a quiet trip down memory lane.

Cinder Block Flower Garden

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You would be surprised to know that cinder blocks make great planters for your flower garden! Their gray look balances out the vibrant colors of the flowers, and their form makes for a sleek display of your beloved flora.

Flower Garden Bed around the House

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Fend off the dull, lifeless aura that creeps in from the outside with a flower bed landscape of pink and green hues! The bright colors of the flower garden wrap your house in a light atmosphere that keeps everyone feeling poppy and happy. Plus, they look great by default, so you wouldn’t easily mess this up.

Hanging Flower Garden

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This flower garden idea takes a page from King Nebuchadnezzar II’s book of “how to impress your wife” and executes it really well. The planters are covertly hidden by the healthy inflorescences, giving an illusion that these flowers grow out of the brick wall itself.

Mobile Flower Garden on a Carriage

Getting that retro look doesn’t have to sacrifice function. This carriage looks perfectly ready to go on a quick trip around your lawn, carrying your beautiful flowers. It even looks good wherever you decide to settle it.

Potted Flower Garden

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Let’s not forget the easiest way of gardening in here. Potted flowers still deserve a place in this list, too, especially that planters can go in a large variety of sizes and forms and designs. This one takes some good cement and forms it into pots, which is an excellent DIY idea in itself!

Flower Garden along the Window

Having planters attached to your window renders your outside view look a ton better. When seen from inside, the flowers make for great lower borders to the picture. Looking at it from outside, your house gets adorned with gorgeous colors that liven up your brick walls.

Recycled Rubber Tires Flower Garden

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Tires are illegal to be thrown in some states because, even though they aren’t hazardous, they take up a large space and are hard to handle in landfills. If you have some scrap tires lying around, turning them into a flower garden will not only make your lawn look good, it will help lessen the trash problems related to them!

Palette Flower Garden

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This flower garden is for all artists out there! With this colossal palette installation, your lawn becomes the entire canvas. Granted, the wooden structure can be hard to make, but if you pull it through, this will become more than just the centerpiece, it will become the talk of the crowd.

Flower Garden on a Tree Stump

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If you’ve recently cleared out your lawn of huge trees, chances are there are still some stumps left. You can repurpose those stumps by turning them into planters and growing your flowers there. It ends with a pretty neat and natural aesthetic that’s a welcome addition to your garden.

Inspiration from the Dubai Miracle Garden

Where else can you get the best flower gardening ideas than from the largest flower garden itself? The Dubai Miracle Garden boasts 780,000 square feet of ideas that you can take and apply to your own garden. These entrance arches, for example, are stunning to have in your garden!

How To Start A Flower Garden: A Beginner’s Guide

Before you can start a flower garden, these are some of the considerations you need to make.

  1. Knowing about annuals and perennials before starting a flower garden certainly helps.
    • Annuals give you a variety of colors to choose from, and they bloom all season, but they only last for one season. Perennials, on the other hand, last for many years, but they bloom for just a few weeks or months. Annuals are also generally finicky in the care department, while perennials can survive with a weekly check-up. The best (and also the most common) way to get the benefits of both is to simply have both in your garden.
  2. The amount of sun you get also affects your garden. Picking an area with eight or more hours of sun is a good starting point, but some flowers can bloom with less sun, but they come in rarity.
  3. Good soil with good drainage is pretty much the requirement for all plants. With the right mix of soil that drains well for plant roots to grow through, you can have a pleasant garden around.
  4. Consider the kinds of flowers you want. To start picking out your flowers, you should consider the color of the flowers and when they will bloom, the height and size of the plant, and how appropriate they are to grow in your area.
  5. Sketch your design first, considering the space and plants you have. That way you can have a clear view of how your garden will look like.

Flower Garden Tips and Tricks

Getting done with the flower garden is merely the start of the journey. These flowers are sure to need your attention every once in a while, especially annuals. Hence you’ll need to be on the watch with your flower garden.

Getting done with the flower garden is merely the start of the journey. These flowers are sure to need your attention every once in a while, especially annuals. Hence you’ll need to be on the watch with your flower garden.

  1. Invest 15 minutes in your garden

    At the minimum, invest 15 minutes in your garden. This time can include picking out weeds and watering them, as well as picking out any harmful insects on your yard.

  2. Keep the soil moist by watering it frequently.

    A straightforward way to check soil moisture is by pressing the soil; if it’s moist, you can put off watering, but if it’s dry, you should water it.

  3. You can also use fertilizers for your flowers

    Especially if your soil lacks nutrients required by your plants, it’s beneficial to use fertilizers and plant food according to their label.

  4. Consider mulching your plants

    Put 2 inches of mulch in the first year of your perennials, and continue filling it to 2 inches every year afterward. Annuals can go with 2-3 inches of mulch. This technique conserves water, lessen weed growth, and keep soil temps normal.

  5. Keep a good number of Hand Tools

    You will need to work on the soil once annuals die, and then plant new flowers there. You’ll need them to deadhead the annuals (cutting dying flowers to induce more flowers) and to divide the perennials for new plants.

Final Thoughts on Flower Gardens

A flower garden could be the best thing you could have in your lawn. You can enjoy the beautiful sight that you can look through your window, or you can even sit in the middle and inhale both fresh air and nice fragrances. No matter what your reasons for growing flowers are, having a flower garden is certainly a satisfying experience, from start to finish.

From a simple penchant for yellow flowers as a child to becoming a full-time gardener, nature advocate, and garden designer, I am extremely happy to finally have a platform for me to successfully spread knowledge and expertise in the garden. After highschool graduation, I took many courses related to garden design to feed myself with more knowledge and expertise other than what I learned from my mom growing up. Soon as I finished courses, I gained more experience through internships and most especially, garden shows! I also tried to join as many garden design competitions locally. For any garden design inquiries, ping me!

Flower Garden Layout Design Ideas That’ll Make Your Neighbors Jealous

Who doesn’t go crazy for a luscious, green garden? That small haven in front of the porch or any small space can be turned into a beautiful garden. Starting a new garden is fun, and it adds interest to the existing landscape design.

Flowers are essential components of a garden. They are considered as the centerpiece of any garden. In fact, a yard with a lawn, trees, and fountain, looks incomplete until one incorporates flowering plants to its borders and beds. While flowers look great in any kind of landscape design, proper planning enhances the aesthetic value of the yard. So, instead of growing them randomly like flowers in the wild, why not plan the garden layout first and design it neatly?

How to Plan a Flower Garden

Laying a flower garden requires some forethought, your creativity, and basic gardening skills. But, you don’t need a degree in landscape designing to proceed with the same. While planning a flower garden layout, certain criteria should be considered like location, yard space, adding flower beds, finalizing flowering plants, and design tips. And to make your project simpler, make a rough sketch of the layout including the plant placement and color pattern.

Decide on the Location

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The actual garden layout and the flower varieties to be planted depend on where the area is located. A sunny yard with fertile and well-drained soil is excellent for maintaining a garden. While any piece of land can be made into a beautiful flower garden with some effort, it is better to grow flowers in a suitable area. If possible, try to avoid a shady and damp location. For a shaded garden, the flower options are limited. In fact, colorful blooms look more vibrant in a sunlit garden.

Layout of a flower garden largely depends on how big is the area. So, yard space and total area of the flower beds should be considered first. Later, you can decide the plant types and their position in the garden, based on their height, flowering time, and color.

You can also add trellis, stone paths, and alike garden components. What about including a garden pond with colorful fish and water lilies? Depending upon your personal preferences, finalize the color scheme and flower cultivars.

Designs for Flower Beds

The flower beds should be wide enough (about 5-7 feet) so that you can have better planting options. Each bed can be demarcated from the other by straight or curved lines (as per your choice).

A formal garden looks elegant with straight lines. But, if you want something out of the box, select five types of varied colored flowers that bloom at the same time. Plant them in a five-petaled flower shape, with each flower variety representing a petal. Believe me, this pattern looks awesome in a home garden.

Choose Flowering Plants

You can consider growing all types, including annuals, biennials, perennials, and climbing vines. While selecting native flower species, make sure you consider the amount of care for each plant type along with the desired traits of the blooms. Like for instance, exotic plants surely add a unique touch to the yard. But, most of the species call for special care and are not suited for novice gardeners.

Why Choose Annual Flowers?

Annuals complete their life cycle in one season, i.e., they grow, flower, bear seeds, and die in the same season. They are most preferred for planting in bedding schemes, rather than growing at the borders. You can create a different flower bed in each season by planting annuals. Another advantage of selecting annual flowers is that they are available in a wide range of colors.

Some of the best choices are geraniums, spider flowers, Brazilian verbena, and daisies. You can design a color scheme by planting different annual flowers in the same bed. While doing so, make sure that the plants in one flower bed bloom at the same time. Annual flowers also serve as great space fillers before the perennials start blooming.

Biennial and Perennial Plants

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Biennials develop their leaves in the first season and bloom in the next season. Then they shed their seeds and die. They are best planted at the borders and the hedges along with perennials. The most preferred biennials for flower gardens are foxgloves and hollyhocks. Perennial flowers are long-living plants, which bloom for a short duration (about 3-4 weeks) in each season. You can select perennials that flower at different times, so as to make the flower garden look lively. This way, there will be blooms in the garden throughout the year, irrespective of the season.

Other flowering plants include bulbs and climbing vines. Bulbs are very easy to grow and maintain in the garden. They flower in one season, remain dormant for a while, and again flower in the next season. Some of the stunning bulbous plants are tulips, daffodils, amaryllis, and snowdrops. If there are trellises, you can give a different look to your garden by growing climbing vines. Flowering vines like morning glory and hyacinth bean can be planted based on the color scheme of the surrounding area.

Garden with a Lawn

This idea is for a large sized garden, where you have sufficient room to incorporate a green patch. For lawns, ornamental grasses are maintained for enjoying greenery in all seasons. Once planted, they continue to grow for many years, provided that proper care tips are adopted. In short, a lawn requires less maintenance than a flower bed.

For people who have limited time for garden care, a lawn garden adorned with ground cover and flower beds is a perfect option. You can also include evergreen shrubs on the lawn boundary.

You may consider using containers and/or raised beds in the center of the lawn or in the borders. Fill the empty space with potted plants and your garden will definitely look complete. If interested, try experimenting theme-based flower garden design ideas. You can focus on a particular theme, like a butterfly garden, rose garden, summer garden, and proceed accordingly.

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