Most gardeners are a little afraid to do the actually designing of their flower gardens.
Unless you are a natural designer, it can be scary coming up with a design for your garden only to find out it doesn’t really look very good or just doesn’t function well. No one wants to tear up a garden once it’s planted and start over.
But you also don’t want your flowers to clash or look gaudy next to each other. It’s sometimes hard to make a decision about what to do with your garden design.
It really isn’t all that hard though, and you don’t have to be a professional designer to design a beautiful flower garden. The first thing you need to think about is texture. And what I mean by that is you don’t want everything the same height or the same general shape.
The more varieties of flowers and plants you have in your garden, the more interesting it will be.
The rule of thumb is keep the larger plants towards the back and graduate the plants to smaller in the front. That way all the plants will be seen.
Also think about seasonal plants. If you want blooming flowers for most of the year (or all year, depending on where you live), then plant flowers that will come up for each season.
There are winter varieties of Pansies that are really pretty. And Crocuses come up in my area at the end of January.
Of course for Spring, you can’t go wrong with Tulips, Daffodils, and if you live in the South, Azaleas.
There are so many Summer varieties of flowers, I could go on forever with suggestions so instead, I will just give you my favorites. I love Cala Lilies, Dahlias, and Gladiolas.
Marigolds, Chrysanthemums, and Gerbera Daisies are pretty Autumn flowers.
Also keep in mind the color scheme. For Fall, go with reds, oranges and golds. For Winter, anything bright looks good in this gloomy season so the pretty yellow and purple Winter Pansies are perfect. For Summer, try red, white and blue. And Spring go with yellows, pinks and peaches.
Almost any combination of colors look good together although I’d stay away from bright orange with pink side by side. You can use lots of different colors in one garden.
Plant both annuals and perennials in your garden. Although for cost considerations, I tend to plant more perennials so they will come back year after year.
Whatever you do, don’t be overly concerned about getting the design perfect. Flowers are so beautiful, it’s hard to go wrong with them.