Plates and flower beds are major attractions of a garden. Their realization requires land preparation work and a rigorous selection of plants. Although tastes influence choices, it is helpful to consider a few recommendations for choosing flowers, plants, or shrubs. So let’s know about Flower Bed Preparation.
Flower Bed Preparation
A massif is a space in which different types of plants are grouped to create an aesthetic set. You can combine flowers and shrubs of different sizes, use plants of the same height with staggered blooms, or transplant honey plants that will attract bees and pollinators to your garden. Now I’m gonna tell you about Flower Bed Preparation. Take a note!
What Is A Flower Bed
A flower bed is a strip of land cultivated with flowers or other ornamental plants. Most often of low or low height.
It usually borders a path or a lawn. But can be used as a separation to delimit two parts of the garden. It can also be backed by a low wall, a fence, or even a hedge.
The Shapes Of The Flower Beds
As the name suggests, the flower bed is most often long and narrow to facilitate its maintenance from the driveway without the need to step on it. It can be raised above ground level, but its surface is flat.
The layout of a flower bed can also present some curves within the framework of a country garden. Where the plants seem to be arranged at random, as opposed to the well-organized. Or structured flower beds in geometric patterns. The choice is obviously a matter of taste.
Take advantage of the land to create a flower bed
The conditions are different between:
- A sloping ground, in the ungrateful ground, for which a rock garden could be very indicated;
- A humid place, where water often stagnates, suitable for example to create a small basin bordered by luxuriant plants of humid places;
- A shady place, which will require a choice of well-adapted plants ;
- Flat and sunny land on rich soil, where you will have a much wider choice.
1. Make a Plan By Positioning The Plants
Draw the outlines of your border. And position the plants to be installed according to their sizes, colors, and flowering period. It is indeed at this stage that we must make the selection of plants.
The rule is to place tall plants in the background and low plants in the front. However, we can give a little more volume to the whole by installing closer to the edge one or two taller plants with little blackout foliage. Or whose particular effect deserves to be highlighted.
Only install plants that are well suited to the climate of your region and the particular situation of your location.
Do not hesitate to plant the bulbs of small plants (crocus, grape hyacinth, botanical tulips) between perennials … In fact, bulbous plants are the first that we see blooming in a flower bed. When they wither, perennials and annuals take over: perennials for their foliage and periodic flowering. And annuals to fill in the gaps and ensure the flower bed blooms until late fall.
Don’t overcrowd the space, four or five varieties on one bed are enough to create an effect.
Also, avoid multiplying color mixtures. A few are enough for a decorative effect, but you can also opt for shades in monochrome.
Group plants by variety by making mini-associations rather than scattering them anywhere. For example, a nice effect is obtained by grouping plants of the same variety, by drawing lines, or by arranging them in checkers.
Plant between the perennials and the bulbs, places for annuals, and biennials that allow you to vary the decor over the seasons.
Don’t forget plants with decorative foliage; planted in front of the bulbs. They are very useful for hiding their withering leaves after flowering.
2. Prepare The Ground
- Mark the location with a line before digging.
- Remove weeds, roots, and stones.
- Bring compost or potting soil to amend and enrich the soil and incorporate them by scratching the soil superficially.
3. Plant The Plants
Before planting, position the plant cups in their intended location to judge the effect produced. Of course, taking into account the future development of the plant.
Although the sowing of certain species is possible, it is easier and faster to proceed by planting plants in containers or pots.
Start by planting the plants in the fall by installing perennials and spring bulbs. Annuals and summer bulbs will only be planted in the spring. If you have shrubs planted, plant them first.
Always proceed by starting at the bottom of the flower bed and working your way up to the border.
Planting density depends on the size of the plant. Do not plant too tightly so as not to give the impression of disorder, of clutter: a flower bed must be structured.
Spread bark between the plants. This mulch will hide the soil the first year. Will limit the need for watering, as well as weeding.
So, I hope now you know all the little things about Flower Bed Preparation. For more Flower-based articles you can visit our Flower Gardening category. Have a good day!