How to Design a Flower Bed
A flower bed needs more than the magic touch of a green thumb to look its best. Eric Stromer shows you his trade secrets for designing a multi-dimensional flower bed that harmonizes height, color and seasonality. You can choose any kind of flowering plant that you like, so long as you keep in mind the plants' sun, shade and space needs. You'll also need to plan using perennials that return year after year, or annuals that will need to be replanted each season. Eric's flower bed blends perennials and annuals, so he can change the look of his garden each spring.
Step 1: Height Order
Just like your class picture when planting make sure to arrange your flowers so that the tallest plants are in the back, it not only looks better it ensures that all flowers will get sunlight.
Step 2: Know your Flowers
Not all flowers are alike. Some flowers like direct sunlight; be sure and plant them in an area that receives lots of sun while making sure to plant those flowers that don’t like direct sun in shaded spots.
Step 3: Perennial vs. Annual
One way to add variety to your garden is to plant the back two rows with perennials and the front with annuals; this allows you to switch out the front row giving your garden a different look from time to time.
Step 4: Cool- Warm- Cool
Try to arrange the color palette of your garden in this way: cool colors in front followed by warmer colors and then cool colors again.
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