Do you feel like now is the time for you to start your own flower garden, but you don’t know the first thing about the entire process? Then you are going to be happy with the topic of today’s guide. Since gardening can be quite difficult if you are a beginner, we thought it would be useful to provide you with some tips on how to get the best results. Moreover, we know how it feels to lack inspiration sometimes, which is why we also included a top 5 list of some of the most gorgeous flower garden ideas that you can try. Let’s have a look, shall we?
The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. – Alfred Austin
Tips for a Gorgeous Flower Garden
1. How Do You Choose the Flowers?
Of course, the first thing you should consider when choosing the flowers that you want to plant in your garden is your personal preference. Do you prefer bright colors? Or would you much rather surround your garden with gorgeous white flowers? Whichever way you want to go, there are still so many flower garden ideas and options that it can be difficult for you to decide on the types of flowers you want to plant.
If you have too many favorite flowers and are unsure which ones to choose, we advise you to consider some other issues as well. For instance, how much space do you have in your garden? When do you want your flowers to bloom? Do you want to draw in bees, birds, and butterflies? Does your garden get plenty of sunlight, or is it rather shady? These are only a couple of the questions you should ask yourself. Then, think about the soil and whether the flowers you have in mind can develop properly or not.
Thinking about all the characteristics of the environment your flowers are going to grow in will help you decide on the best options for your garden.
2. Should You Plant Annuals or Perennials?
When it comes to planting flowers in your garden, there are two main options that you should be aware of. The first one is the annuals, which are flowers that complete their life cycle in only one growing season. This tends to be the most popular option, mainly because you get to have beautiful blooms all season long.
However, you can also plant perennials, whose roots continue to live underground even for decades. During the winter, what you see above the ground might die. However, that doesn’t mean that the plant is dead as well. In fact, you will see it sprouting again next spring. The downside is that you will be able to enjoy the blooms for a shorter period of time, namely a couple of weeks or maybe months.
So if what you’re looking for in a flower garden is to have blooms throughout the entire season, then you should choose annuals. Just keep in mind that you will have to pay more attention to them than you would perennials. If you’d like to invest more time in planting flowers and anticipating when each of them is going to develop and bloom, then perennials are the best option for you. Do you feel like you just can’t choose between the two? Then you can always go for both types, especially if you have a larger garden. For more information on each of them, take a look at the following video that explains the differences between perennials and annuals.
3. How Do You Prepare the Soil?
Once you’ve decided what flowers you want to plant in your garden, you should make sure that the soil is in its best condition before actually planting them. That means that you have to eliminate all weeds and also get rid of rocks. Then, look for some organic compost to mix in the soil and provide your plants with even more nutrients. For instance, we recommend the Conrad Fafard Premium Organic Compost. You can find it here.
5 Flower Garden Ideas for a Lovely Backyard Design
Now that we’ve told you all about the basics of choosing the flowers you will plant in your garden and preparing the soil in anticipation of that, it’s time to look at some inspiring flower garden ideas that you will definitely love.
1. Textured Steps
For people who have elevated steps leading to their front door, planting flowers on both sides is a great way to add texture and create the feeling that you are walking on a path in the woods. If you want your front yard to get a lot of dimension, we recommend you to plant flowers that come in shrubs. Not only are they as pretty as annuals or perennials, but they also smell amazing. You could combine them with some nice and colorful annuals, and even a couple of evergreen shrubs or trees. If you want to fill your garden with plants, don’t be afraid to experiment and use your imagination.
2. Floral Path
Even if you don’t have steps leading to your house, that doesn’t mean that you can’t make the walk to your doorstep worth your while by adding some gorgeous eye-catching flowers. Regardless of what kind of path you have in your front yard, be it made of cobblestone, wood, or simply soil, you can plant flowers on both sides of it. We recommend some large white ones, like in the image below. They will give your entire yard a romantic fairytale look. Since you don’t want the flowers to invade the path, we suggest you to consider building a fence. It won’t only delimitate the path, but it will also serve as a trellis for your plants.
3. Matching Colors
Do you love matching colors? If you do, then why not use this passion and skill in your garden as well? Look for all sorts of flowers in different shades of your favorite color. The way you arrange them in the garden is completely up to you. Just make sure they make a lovely contrast by placing darker shades next to lighter ones. Don’t plant exclusively dark shades on one side and light shades on the other. If you want the contrast to be even stronger, take a look at the image below. Among all those beautiful purple shades, you can notice some white flowers that really brighten the whole garden.
4. Geometric Shapes
If you’re all about precision, then you should look for some flower garden ideas that satisfy your desire of seeing perfect geometric shapes in everything. For instance, especially if you have a larger garden, you can create all sorts of geometric shapes by using garden edging and then planting your favorite flowers inside of it. In order for the contrast between the flower garden and the rest of the yard to be even more visible, you should keep the outside of the edging as neat as you can. You could avoid planting anything there and trim the lawn really short. What we love about the design below is how it incorporates tall trees into the geometric shape, giving the garden even more texture.
5. Climbing Honeysuckle
It’s no secret that honeysuckle is one of the most fragrant and colorful climbing flowers you could plant in your garden. Especially the pink honeysuckle makes for some lovely fringed blooms that will brighten even the dullest of door frames. If you are looking for flower garden ideas that you can use even if you don’t have that much space in your backyard, then this one is definitely the right choice for you.
All you really need to do is plant some honeysuckle near your front (or back) door. As it develops, it will grow on top of it. Of course, the honeysuckle plant can grow quite large. That means that once it develops more, you will have to also support it with a trellis. If you don’t want to buy one, take a look at our guide to some of the best garden trellises you can make at home.
Summing It All Up
Whether you are just getting started with your own garden, or you want to completely change the look of your old one, we hope these 5 flower garden ideas and tips on how to make your garden stand out will guide you through the entire process. We know choosing a garden design can be a challenging task. Especially since there are so many gorgeous ones out there. So if you weren’t able to find your favorite among these 5 options above, remember to take a look at our garden designs guide for more interesting and creative options.
Finally, we would like to mention that creating your own garden should be something that you enjoy doing. Creativity and a rich imagination are key components of this process. Remember that it is less about how a garden should look like, and more about how you want it to look like.