How to Design a Flower Bed for Your Garden
Any Garden can benefit from a nice Flower Bed and it is not difficult to create one. These videos give you the basics of coming up with a Flower Bed Design, as well as how to build a Stone Planter, a technique that may be expanded to create an entire Flower Bed.
Choosing Your Plants
There are endless methods of selecting plants for your beds, including going by colour or types of plants. A selection of cacti or a number of flowers that bloom in white or pink are good examples of this. However, a collector's Garden is another option and gives even more variety.
When planting a collector's Garden, consider the seasons and choose enough plants for each season that the bed will never be dull. Evergreens can stand in during the winter months, with spring flowers blooming early in the year and other plants filling out the Flower Bed throughout the remaining months of summer and autumn. You can see some good examples in the video. The end result is a Flower Bed Design that will change with the seasons and provide a fresh look all year round.
Using the Stone Planter Technique
The Stone Planter video shows you how to create a simple raised Flower Bed that can be protected during the winter with a drop-in window box. The idea is simple, using cement blocks to create a raised surface, then setting in a pressure treated wood box that will hold the window box later on.
Mesh is tacked to the box and then a stone exterior built up around the entire thing to create a nice looking Flower Bed Design. While this technique is meant to work for a small window box, there's no reason you couldn't use it to create a Raised Flower Bed in any area of the Garden.
Stones may be found in the Garden, or you could look for someone who is currently excavating or turning over the soil for a vegetable garden and see if you can pick out the rocks. You will need several sizes to ensure that there are plenty for the wall you are building. Dry fit the stones first and then use mortar to permanently place them.
Whether you choose to leave your Flower Bed at ground level, add a Stone Planter at the back to add height to the Garden or to create an entire Flower Bed Design that is raised with stone walls, you will find these videos useful.