Adding a flower bed to your yard is an easy way to give it an instant makeover. It adds color, new life and vibrancy to any space. But how do you go about creating the right flower bed for your particular space? Here's a handy 3-step guide to planning your garden bed.
Consider the Yard
The first thing you want to think about is the general theme and style of your yard. Planting a garden bed that doesn't fit with the rest of the space can take away from the view and make an unwanted negative focal point. If your yard's motif is cottage-style casualness, your garden should reflect this in a mix-and-match style and soft colors. On the other hand, if you want a modern approach, focus on clean and geometric lines and a careful plant selection. The materials, color and style of existing hardscaping, fencing and buildings should also be complemented by your garden's materials and style.
Plan the Size and Shape
The size and shape of the flower bed should also be informed by the overall yard itself. A contemporary yard, for example, goes well with straight lines, square garden beds and larger beds. Kidney shapes, bursting flower gardens or random curves feel more laid back and natural. Two or more flower beds that are smaller but bunched together can create a cottage garden effect. Adding height to your flower bed can also help hide unsightly areas around it or add size to a small space.
Along with the shape, it's important to think about the size. Planting a flower bed that's too small in a large lawn can emphasize the size of the lawn -- for better or worse. But building one that's too large can make maintenance difficult. In either case, you may want to consider planning multiple smaller beds or creating a yard border rather than a single bed.
Sketch it Out
Once you have a general idea what style garden you want and how it will be shaped, it's time to sketch it so you can see it as something more than just part of your imagination. Many homeowners like to create a rough sketch in pencil using basic landscape drawing methods easily found on the internet. This step allows you to add and take away features, change shapes and sizes and mark obstacles.
Whether or not you take the time to sketch the flower bed (or beds), it's a good idea to 'sketch' the space in real life by using rope, stakes and twine or even the garden hose. Walk around the border you've created and test things like how well you can reach the interior, how close it comes to other landscaping and what it looks like from the house's windows.
By following these three steps and taking the time to plan out your flower bed, you can ensure the right bed for your particular yard. While it may require some time, energy and patience, investing in the planning stages will help you create the flower bed of your dreams for years to come.
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