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Transform Your Flower Bed Design or submit a Landscaping Flower Garden Plan Free of Charge

Flower Bed Design is the one area of garden planning Landscaping that one must have at least a basic understanding of plants.

Although the aesthetics and construction side i.e. size and shape can be easy to construct, Flower Garden Design needs to take into consideration such things as what will bloom in each season, colour of blooms and type of soil, as well as what requires a lesser or greater amount of sun.

We hope that Professional Landscapers, Garden Designers and Enthusiasts who submit their projects to this site will share their planting decisions and reasons for all to benefit, along with those all important Flower Bed Design pictures.

Flower Bed Design The Flower Garden Plan may well be driven by external factors such as drainage, limited garden size, the frequent need for attention (pruning, mulching, spraying) or the flower bed being a street-side garden. Basic options include;

  • Raised Bed
  • Stone Flower Bed
  • Containers
  • Border or Edging & Islands

Raised Bed is probably the most desirable type. When done well, not only does the bed make the Flower Bed Design look good, but it can promote good drainage and makes watering and weeding considerably easier. With planning it can also deal with such Landscaping issues as soil erosion. Amongst the benefits of a raised bed are;

  • Raised beds can produce more square footage
  • Ideal for creating a bigger garden in smaller spaces
  • They can extend the gardening season
  • All gardening can be done from the garden path
  • Less back pain from not having to bend over
  • More order and pleasing flower bed design geometry
  • Seating can be built into the overall structure

They can be built of almost anything, but railway sleepers and treated timbers are most popular, especially amongst the DIY sector as they not as hard to build as they look.

Stone Flower Bed can be put almost anywhere often adding to the value of your home. Designs can be complex or small and simply customized to your desires. Types of Stones for Stone Flowerbeds can include bricks, rocks, concrete blocks or artificial rocks (or faux) in a variety of sizes and textures.

Containers made of plastic, pottery, stone and timber are readily available from all garden centres and are often used to finish off or decorate the final Flower Bed Design.

Border or Edging & Islands are often created in rock as it makes a beautiful edging. Other products used include common brick, precast commercial edging, limestone bricks or pavers, or plastic edging etc.

Other Flower Garden Design Planning

What other considerations should be made when planning a flower bed?

  • How about the shape - square, rectangle, circle, other?
  • Where to plant - south or north facing?
  • Sunlight or Shade?
  • Height of Walls?
  • Type of soil - Clay, Loam, Rocky, Sandy?
  • Colour Scheme and Texture?
  • Elements of Design

What will be your approach - An annual or Perennial Flower Garden Design? Pick the plants that bloom at the time you want to see them. Beds are an excellent way of segregating perennials from annuals and bi-annuals. Perennials start out slow but they spread, and can be divided every three years as a rule. Annuals are fast colour but won't show up the next year.

Design a Flower Garden Plan with balance of perennial and annual flowers - perennials for summer bloom. Daylilies, astilbe, Echinacea, phlox, verbena, geraniums and yarrow are flowers that grow and bloom more than two seasons in the garden. Roses are perennials that bloom repeatedly all summer long.

Spring Bloom: Begonia, Caladium, Calla Lily, Canna, Crocosmia, Dahlia, Elephant Ear and Gladiolus Bulbs

Summer Bloom: Amaranthus, Asters, Carnation, Chrysanthemum, Cockscomb Freesia, Ginger, Gladiolus, Heather, Hydrangea, Iris, Lisianthus

Autumn Bloom: Achillea, Aconitum, Boltonia, Chrysanthemum, Coreopsis, Geranium

We can recommend this good resource: Propagating and Growing Gardening Plants.

So please look at the submissions below and become a contributor to this site.

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FBDPAP001 - Rustic Poles Raised Beds Courtyard Garden

FBDLDL001 - Raised Flower Bed Design & Reclaimed Paving

FBDGST001 - Curved Flower Bed Design with Circular Patios

FBDDSI001 - The English Flower Garden

FBDJAD001 - Circular Lawns & Gavel Paths

FBDBHD001 - Garden Makeover Makes Wildlife Abound

FBDEAT001 - Victorian Garden Restoration with Brickwork Flower Beds

FBDLBY001 - Curved Garden Lawn with Raised Wall Beds for Low Maintenance Plants

FBDCJG001 - Rendered Wall Raised Beds & Pergola in Small Town House with Paving

FBDYRK001 - Landscaped Terraced Cobbles Using Railway Sleeper Retaining Walls

FBDOSS001 - Concrete to Green Space using Lattice & Flower Beds for Plants

FBDMPG001 - Tanalised Sleeper Raised Beds for Runner Beans and other Vegetables

FBDCDY001 - Country Courtyard with Flowering Borders and Planting