11 Feb AMP UP YOUR FLOWER GARDEN DESIGN
You’ve been growing flowers for a while now, and although you already know that every garden needs structure and year-round interest, you’ve hit a wall with your flower garden design. We’re here to help! There are tons of ways to add interest to your flower garden, taking it from a pretty beginner garden to a wham-pow! next level space. Here’s how the pros do it — and with a little thought and pre-planning, you can, too.
AMP UP YOUR FLOWER GARDEN DESIGN:
Start with the Basics
Your flower garden should start with some evergreen plant material like shrubs and trees — these are truly valuable because they provide a backdrop to your dazzling flower display, and give the eye a place to rest. Trees also offer height in an otherwise lower-profile garden space, giving it additional interest. So reach for those boxwoods, yaupons, hollies, pittosporums — whatever evergreen shrubs and trees that are recommended for your area and that will coexist with the growing requirements of your flowers.
Mix Up Your Flower Types
Beginner gardeners often get confused with different plant types like perennials, annuals, and biennials, but more experienced gardeners like you have those basics down. So, in terms of your flower garden design, aim for incorporating lots of different types of plants — start with your flowering perennials in different heights, add in a variety of flowering bulbs that pop up at different times of the year, and leave space for those fleeting but oh-so-pretty annuals. Experiment with flowering shrubs and ornamental trees, and consider adding some wildflower seeds that will bloom with abandon. This type of flower planting ensures that you’ll have a huge array of blooms to enjoy for most of the year, not just in the spring.
Plan Your Color Palette
English cottage gardens are known for their wild jumble of every color imaginable, and while that is a particularly charming look of its own, you can experiment with other color schemes, too. Try a hot-color garden with reds, oranges, pinks, and yellows — these colors are energizing and bold. Looking for a more restful and romantic vibe? Reach for the cool colors of blue, purple, lavender, and white. High contrast colors (white + any color, purple + yellow, orange + blue) are also energizing, while a monochromatic scheme (one color in a range of hues) is calming.
Add Some Non-Flowering Goodness
So, as much as we obviously love flowers, having an entire garden of only flowering plant material can be a bit overwhelming. Certainly, your evergreen shrubs and trees will help soften things a bit, but are there other plants that do the same? Yes, there are. Look for ornamental grasses to add a contrast of texture and form (and they range from tall to wee), herbs, and even vegetables. There’s no reason why you can’t have edible plant material in your flower garden, particularly if you’re short on space.