Flower Garden Design: Tips for Beginners

When starting a flower garden most people just start digging and immediately planting every plant they can think of, commonly neglecting the imperatives in flower gardening. It could be less daunting and a lot of fun if one thinks things through a little bit more.

Listed below are tips on how you can come up with a flourishing garden.

1. Site Evaluation
Determine or study what grows well in your idea. Different plants require different amounts of light. Consider if your desired plants need full sun or part-shade. If your garden area is shaded, it is wise to make sure that the plants you want to grow on such location can handle the sun or survive the shade.

2. Garden Soil
Take notice of your soil. Find out what types of soil you have in your garden and what plants suitable for each kind. Most garden plants need well-drained soil. It is important to prepare soil well in advance of planting.

3. Sketch the Design Plan
To avoid the classic dilemma in gardening, appropriate planning is a must. It would really help if you sketch up a basic design of how you want your garden laid out. It doesn’t need to be complicated. You just need to show the layout of a bed, and a basic planting plan placing the most important plants only.

4. Arrangement
Plants are usually arranged in rows or other regular patterns. This can be observed in formal gardens. In informal gardens, plants can be seen in clumps, where it’s a circular group of three of more plant, and another in drifts, which is an elongated grouping of plants. Planting the same type of plant in clumps or drifts creates more visual impact than planting a single plant.

5. Add color
Pick plants that flourish and bloom throughout the year and even in winter. Spring-flowering bulbs will come back every year. Many annuals will add brilliance to your garden design. Fill in empty spaces with annuals and you will have nearly continuous bloom.

Those are just few ideas and things need to be measured as you design your flower garden. You will gain inspirations by visiting local botanical gardens or even your neighbor’s. Discover flowers you’ll be fond of and learn their names, sizes and whether they like sun or shade. Designing all of it out on paper will allow you to change your vision with a minimum of digging.