Whether big or small, a garden needs flower beds to organize the plants and accesses, the paths where we will walk and appreciate the plants. I’m going to give you 13 tips for making flower beds that enhance your plants and beautify your garden, adding value to your property.
1- Prefer curves, undulating paths, organic
If you want a garden closer to the natural, go for curves. It is very rare to find angles in nature. Look at a forest and notice: Animals and plants have predominantly curves. In addition, an undulating path makes the viewer walk more slowly, the garden is slowly discovered, there is an aura of mystery that is not achieved with straight paths.
Even in small spaces it is possible to create curves. And they make all the difference!
Unless, of course, you intend to make a minimalist garden. In this case, the lines are important, but the objective of the garden will no longer be to represent nature, is it?
2- Use natural materials
Flowerbeds with natural materials
The garden is more welcoming when you use natural materials to decorate. And even natural, unfinished, unpainted. Again, think about nature and see how it “decorates” your woods. Colored stones can harm the plants and the excess of elements and even more, too colorful, makes the plants no longer the focal point of the garden. What’s the point of this?
3- Smaller plants in front, bigger in the back
Flowerbeds in the wall and in the center
If the bed is next to a wall, it’s easy to follow this rule that allows all plants to be seen easily. But when the bed is centered, the larger plants should be in the middle of it.
4- Make sure the plants don’t touch the walls
Flowerbed near careful wall
It happens a lot, in beds beside the wall, that the plants grow and end up leaning their leaves against the wall. When this happens the plant suffers, the leaves burn. In fact, the plant has no room to grow. The ideal is to remove it to a place where it can develop.
5- When making the bed, leave free space for the plants to develop
How to make care work
It seems obvious, but sometimes, the anxiety to see the beautiful flowerbed as soon as we finish it, makes us put too many plants that will fight for space, grow disorderly and many will not resist. A bed can be built in one day, but it is only seen in its fullness with the passing of time and daily care.
6- You can make flower beds with pots
Flowerbeds with pots
It’s a good idea for those who like to vary the arrangement of plants, create new things easily. Mixing pots and plants on the floor is also nice, but avoid using more than 2 colors in pots and choose so that they are harmonious and don’t stand out too much. The most important elements in a garden should always be plants.
7- Garden beds can be made taller to make work easier
Flowerbed with vegetable garden
I don’t know about you, but crouching working in small gardens always gives me pain and diminishes the pleasure I feel. So, to facilitate the observation and care that the gardens need, make taller beds. The column thanks.
8- Add water
Water in the garden
Fountains, ponds, are elements that add value to a garden and also help to increase humidity. During the strong summers and in many places in Brazil, the lack of humidity in the air makes the plants suffer a lot.
9- In flower beds, choose flowers that bloom in different seasons
That way you will always have some flower blooming in the beds and beautifying your garden.
10- Lighting is important
An unlit garden loses a lot of its value and cannot be seen at night, what a waste! In addition, the lighting allows for a smoother and safer walk.
11- Respect the architectural style of your home
Flowerbeds in the indoor garden
Architecture should positively influence the style of your garden and there should be a harmony of styles between building and garden. Imagine an English castle with a tropical-style garden. It gets a little disjointed, doesn’t it?
12- Give preference to native plants
Native plants in the beds
Native species benefit the local fauna as they attract native bees, regional birds and other animals from the local Biome. Do research on natives in your region. Furthermore, they are less affected by pests and diseases. I mean, you’ll have beautiful, healthy plants with less work.
13- Without focus everything becomes a mess
Garden with a lot of information
When there is too much information, too much decoration, even too many colors in a small area, or too many decorative elements such as colored stones, the garden loses its function, which is to enhance the vegetation with its unique shapes, colors, textures and aromas. It is important that there is one (or even more, if the garden is large) focal point, elements that draw more attention and others that are supporting.
This post I made, I hope it helps you make beautiful flowerbeds!