by Fred Roundstone
(Angmering, West Sussex, UK)
Designing your flower garden may seem like a scary prospect. Once you’ve planted your flowers, it might be a bit hard for you to tear them up if you don’t like the layout, so it’s very important to get it right from the beginning.
If you’re an artist, you may find it easy to come up with a great garden design. If not, you may struggle with deciding which colors to use, where to put everything, which varieties to use, etc.
Many people have trouble making these decisions. But you don’t have to be an artist or a landscaping professional to design a beautifulflower garden!
One of the most important parts of designing a flower gardening is texture. You need to use flowers in a wide variety of shapes and heights.
You should include plants with various sizes of flowers, different leave shapes and sizes, etc. Variety is very important to the aesthetics to of your flower garden. It will be very boring if you have too many flowers that are extremely similar!
You need to keep the seasons in mind as you design your garden. You’ll probably want to work to keep your garden blooming for as much of the year as possible, but you may prefer to focus on a particular season.
If you want your garden to bloom mostly in the spring, you might want to choose pinks and purples, or you might want to go with classic tulip colors such as red and yellow. A lot of spring-blooming flowers are yellow, so that’s a very classic color for the season.
Whites and blues are very good for summer, and if you add red it will make a wonderful garden for the fourth of July! You can also use spring colors or fall colors in your summer flower garden.
Fall flower gardens should probably contain reds, yellows, and orange. These colors are wonderful for the fall, and look striking with the standard oranges and browns of the fall leaves. African Marigolds are wonderful for fall gardens.
You don’t have to stick with these colors, but you’ll definitely need to choose colors that go well together. You probably won’t want to mix blues, purples and oranges together, for example. You might wish to use a wide variety of colors together for a wildflower garden.
It’s fine to use a wide range of colors if you intend to go for the wild, natural look. But if you want a more refined or elegant garden, you need to be careful to choose colors that complement each other well.
You need to remember to vary the height of the flowers you plant. If you’re planting flowers near a border of some sort, like a fence or wall, then you should plant taller varieties in the back, gradually planting shorter and shorter flowers as you move forward.
Then you should plant some sort of very low-lying ornamental grass in the front to act as a border between the flowers and the walkway.
You probably won’t want to plant solely annuals, because annuals need to be replanted each year. You should mix annuals in with perennials.
After all, one of the best things about a flower garden is how relaxing it can be. If it’s too much work, it might not be so relaxing!
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